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LASIK Eye Surgery

While glasses and contact lenses provide clearer vision, they add a daily hassle to life that can interfere with a range of activities.

LASIK can free you from glasses and contact lenses. Our Chicago, IL, team coordinates LASIK surgery to give you clear, dependable vision.

What can LASIK surgery do for me?

See Clearly without Glasses or Contacts

Immediate Results

LASIK surgery can provide an immediate improvement in your vision. Most patients report clearer vision right away, but it is important to understand that it may take three to six months for your vision to be considered stable. We will provide follow-up examinations to determine when it is safe to drive and resume other tasks.

More Freedom and Flexibility

Corrective lenses often get in the way, limiting your enjoyment of certain activities. Getting rid of glasses or contacts allows you to enjoy greater freedom in your life. You can start every day without having to fumble for your glasses, and you can bid farewell to the hassle of placing, removing, and caring for contact lenses.

Long-Term Savings

While LASIK has a greater upfront cost, you may end up saving hundreds of dollars each year by not having to update your eyeglass or contact prescription. LASIK is an elective procedure that is not covered by insurance, but we can help arrange financing to help make the cost of this procedure a comfortable fit for your budget.

What happens during LASIK eye surgery?

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We Partner with LasikPlus®

Our team at Wicker Park Eye Center in Chicago, IL has a close partnership with LasikPlus, allowing us to match our patients with highly skilled and experienced LASIK surgeons. Our doctors can handle all aspects of your pre- and post-operative care to ensure better results and a more comfortable vision correction treatment overall. In addition, we offer a $500 discount to our patients who undergo LASIK with our partner organization. 


Am I eligible for LASIK?

Evaluating Candidacy to Ensure that LASIK Is Right for You

LASIK eye surgery (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) at our Chicago practice can correct astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. However, there are certain concerns that can impact your candidacy for LASIK, including:

An Unstable Prescription

Before undergoing LASIK, it is important to ensure that your corrective lens prescription has been stable for at least a year.

Thin Corneas

Since the LASIK procedure involves creating a flap in the cornea, thin corneas can make this treatment unsafe. We can recommend an alternative procedure, such as PRK or IOL refractive surgery, if necessary.

Systemic or Ocular Diseases

Uncontrolled diabetes, cataracts, and keratoconus can increase your risk of LASIK complications. Dry eyes also affect eligibility. We can perform tests to assess your tears and find a solution in order to improve your candidacy.

Severe Refractive Errors

For severe refractive errors, LASIK may not provide the desired results. We may recommend an alternative, such as intraocular lenses.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause changes in your vision. Women wishing to undergo LASIK should either undergo the procedure before becoming pregnant or two to six months after stopping breastfeeding.

The best way to find out if this type of refractive eye surgery is right for you is to schedule an appointment at our Chicago office. 

Schedule Your LASIK Consultation Today

Dr. Daniel Tepper

Dr. Daniel Tepper

If you are tired of wearing glasses and contact lenses and wish to experience vastly improved vision, our doctors can explore your candidacy for vision correction through LASIK surgery (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis). Dr. Daniel J. Tepper is a board-certified ophthalmologist with over 20 years of experience who can ensure that your treatment is successful and safe. Before and after your LASIK treatment, you can depend on our eye care team to provide the support you need and deserve.

To learn more about how this vision correction procedure can help you to start depending on your own eyes to see your world in improved clarity, contact our office online or call:

(773) 376-2020

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Wicker Park Eye Center really take excellent care of their patients. The staff is friendly and professional.

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Friendly and knowledgeable. Dr Tepper took the time to explain my treatment options. The space is nice and relaxing and the staff are pleasant. Highly recommend!

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Let’s take a closer look at the LASIK procedure and how the femtosecond laser can improve your vision...

We Can Coordinate All Aspects  of Your Vision Correction Procedure

Before recommending LASIK surgery, our team can perform a comprehensive pre-operative evaluation to assess the thickness of your cornea, your pupil diameter, your level of tear production and any indications of dry eye syndrome, your degree of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, and a range of other factors.

If we determine you are a good candidate for LASIK, we can coordinate your procedure with our partner LASIK surgeons at LasikPlus.

What to Expect during LASIK Surgery


Your surgeon will use anesthetic eye drops to numb your eye. We can also provide a mild sedative to help you relax.


A device called a lid speculum will be placed to stop you from blinking during treatment. In addition, a special vacuum ring will prevent eye movement as the laser makes the necessary refinements.

Creating the Flap

Your surgeon will create a thin flap in the cornea to allow the laser to refine the inner layer of the cornea, called the stroma.

Altering the Stroma

The femtosecond laser will reshape the stroma. Next, your surgeon will put the flap of corneal tissue back into place.

Finishing the Procedure

You will remain in the office for a brief period after surgery before being discharged. Patients often experience a mild burning or itching sensation for a few days.

What will my vision be like after surgery?

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What is the recovery process like?

We Monitor Your Recovery Every Step of the Way

After your LASIK procedure, you will return to our office so we can monitor your recovery. Follow-up appointments typically occur at:

  • One day
  • One week
  • One month
  • Three months

It could take as long as six months for your vision to be considered completely stabilized following surgery. For some vision correction patients, we will schedule additional follow-ups after nine or 12 months. During each appointment, we will review your patient history and your uncorrected prescription.

After three months, we will perform a more extensive examination at our Chicago office, including tests to assess the surface of your cornea, the level of pressure in your eye, any remaining nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, and other aspects of your ocular health.

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Tepper is one of the best eye doctors I have ever known. He's very thorough and compassionate. I always feel better when I get done being at his office and his phenomenal staff are super sweet.

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Highly recommended to anyone looking for professional yet friendly eye care! I appreciate the personal touch provided by all staff: the eye doctors, assistants, and receptionists. The reception space is clean, bright, and welcoming, as are the people who work here!

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Does LASIK really work?

Better Vision, Better Quality of Life

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Wicker Park Eye Center

At Wicker Park Eye Center in Chicago, IL, Dr. Daniel J. Tepper, a board-certified ophthalmologist and Parisha Shah, fellowship-trained optometrists, provide patient-centric eye care. Our affiliations include:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • American Optometric Association (AOA)

To schedule an appointment at our eye clinic, please contact us online or call (773) 376-2020.

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"I have visited Wicker Eye Park Center a few times, with each visit I have received excellent service. Dr. Tepper is the best ophthalmologist that I have seen in many years. He, like his staff, is also courteous respectful and very professional." Juan B.

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