LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK Eye Surgery

If you’ve been considering LASIK eye surgery, then it’s important to know what the entire process involves. This can help you determine who the best Chicago area LASIK surgeons are. Talking over your options can help you determine what procedures are best for you. Here are a few things you should know about the LASIK eye surgery procedure.

The LASIK eye surgery is designed to correct any vision problems that may occur, reducing or even eliminating your need to purchase eyeglasses. It is the most common kind of refractive surgery, which changes the shape of your cornea through the use of light. By altering the shape of your cornea, the light rays entering your eyes are bent at the right angle so that they are received by your retina correctly. This can clear up or cure any nearsighted or farsighted problems you may have with your vision.

Getting LASIK surgery Bourbonnais, IL, can even help with astigmatism, where the shape of your cornea is uneven. It can be a difficult condition to deal with, especially with corrective lenses, due to the complex nature of the condition. However, LASIK eye surgery can remove the problem altogether, helping you to see much clearer and focus properly on distant or near objects.

Chicago Area LASIK surgeons are often recommended to those who have age-related vision problems, such as presbyopia. This is the eyes’ natural and gradual loss of ability to change the focus on objects when they differ in distance. LASIK eye surgery can correct for these inconsistencies in your vision, helping you to see clearly more quickly.

There are some complications that may arise from having LASIK eye surgery, such as glare, double vision, and dry eyes. These are typically minor inconveniences that go away with time, but without the care of a trained and professional surgeon from Visian ICL surgery, you could suffer from more serious conditions, such as infections of the eye and swelling around the area.

Your eye doctor will likely recommend that you try other ways of correcting your vision — such as by using glasses or contact lenses — before you turn to LASIK eye surgery or another similar refractive procedure.

Before you decide to have surgery from the best LASIK Chicago surgeons, speak with your doctor to see if the procedure is right for you. You have some underlying medical problems that make LASIK eye surgery an option you should avoid. Such conditions include autoimmune diseases, HIV, unstable vision, and persistent dry eye, all of which can add complications to your surgery.

Arrange to speak with your Lasik Surgery Chicago surgeon today and see if this is the right treatment option for you. Your vision and healthy eyes will thank you for it, and help you to see a brighter future.

Radio Spot for the September 10th, 2013 Vision Correction Seminar

Radio Spot for the September 10th, 2013 Vision Correction Seminar

Our next Vision Correction Seminar is Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 6:00pm.
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Dr. Swale’s Radio Spot For September 10th

Dr. Swale Discusses FREE September 10th Seminar on the Radio

Taking Employees Out To A Baseball Game

Taking Employees Out To A Baseball Game

On July 25, 2017 the doctors and staff loaded a party bus and traveled 67 miles north to Wrigleyville for Employee Appreciation Day.

Employees were treated to a day of endless food, banter, and sun complete with a rooftop view of the Crosstown Classic baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the White Sox. This was game two of four that led the Chicago Cubs to victory as the 2017 Crosstown Classic champions. The last time they won the cup was in 2013. They also announced Employee of the Year on this trip.

Some companies celebrate one employee of the year but Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center honored three: Tamika, JoRhonda, and Mendy. It’s safe to say Employee Appreciation Day was a home run!

One Family, One Eye Center, Their Vision Correction Success Story

One Family, One Eye Center, Their Vision Correction Success Story

Last month Augustana College senior Allison Scudieri simplified her daily routine by getting rid of her glasses and contacts with Visian ICL.

“I had been wearing contacts for so long, I could not wait for the day that I would be able to wake up without the hassle of putting them in,” Allison said.

Visian ICL is an implantable contact lens placed in front of the natural lens to help people who have moderate to high degrees of nearsightedness like Allison.

“I spend most of my time during the school year doing homework, studying, and working on my computer,” Allison said. “I also work a desk job that requires me to spend a lot of time on the computer scanning documents and doing other paper work.”

She is the youngest and the last of her family members to receive some type of elective procedure in the surgery suite at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center with Dr. Jerome Swale.

A Family Legacy

Grandma Scudierei and granddaughter Joan.

The Scudieri eye legacy began fifteen years ago when Allison’s father Jon received photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) laser eye surgery in 2016, at the Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center’s Solutions in Sight surgery suite. This type of procedure utilizes a laser to reshape the curvature of the cornea in about 60 seconds or less per eye. Then the laser delivers pulses of cool ultraviolet light that remove microscopic amounts of tissue in a precise pattern. Allison’s brother and sister have also received vision correction procedures such as PRK and Visian ICL.

Joan Scudieri was instrumental in each of the younger Scudieri’s procedures. She has been a patient at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center for several years and a great advocate for the company.

“Grandma Scudieri accompanied each one of us to at least one of our appointments. She is a big reason that we were able to get our procedures when we did,” Allison said.

Families share many commonalities; favorite sports teams, colleges, traditions. The Scudieri family shares a life changing surgery that gave them complete eye freedom.

3 Reasons Why Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center is Right for You

3 Reasons Why Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center is Right for You

Choosing an eye doctor can be a laborious task. After all the only thing more precious than your eyesight is your time. There are many factors that go in to making a decision but at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center these three top the rest.

Before you begin your journey, you’ll want to check with your insurance to see a list of who’s in your coverage network. From that list of doctors, you’ll can use these three factors to narrow your search:

1. Experience

Check online with professional organizations like the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association to learn more about the specialties and experience levels of the doctors you’re considering. You can even check the American Board of Medical Specialties to verify that the doctor is certified.

You’d be amazed what information you can find online by doing a Google search. However, Google doesn’t have all the answers. Take that extra step by calling eye doctor offices with specific questions like, “how many procedures has (name of doctor) done?”

Our doctors here at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center have seen 250,000 patients in the last 16 years!

Dr. Swale practices comprehensive ophthalmology with an emphasis on small-incision, no stitch cataract surgery and laser eye surgery. He has performed over 12,000 procedures including over 500 implantable contact lenses (ICL) and 10,000 cataract surgeries. He has even been featured in LENSAR, a company that makes lasers for cataract surgery.

Dr. Nicholson has been an optometrist at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson for 16 years and has performed thousands of comprehensive eye exams. Nicholson specializes in contact lenses.

Dr. LoConte has been published in the Journal of Glaucoma. He has performed 30,000 patient exams during his time at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center and has played a major role in detecting Glaucoma, Diabetes, and Macular Degeneration.

2. Technology

The next thing you want to look for in an eye doctor is the technology he or she uses. Check the website of the office or eye center for a list of the technologies they use during eye exams and other procedures. If they don’t have them listed on their website, you may need to visit the office or call ahead and ask if they have take-home literature on the technologies they use.

At Fisher-Swale-Nicholson we have the most advanced technology to ensure the highest level of safety. Some of the machines we use for different procedures include:

  1. Cassini
  2. Excimer laser
  3. Customvue
  4. Optovue OCT
  5. IOL Master and several more

3. Free Screenings

This isn’t something every eye doctor’s office offers, but it’s an important thing to look for when weighing your options.

At Fisher-Swale-Nicholson we perform a comprehensive and precise diagnostic screening to see if you are a candidate for one of our elective procedures because we believe in our patients making well-informed decisions.

If you are looking to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses and contacts, why not take advantage of our free refractive screening?

As much as research informs and narrows down the list of which eye doctor to make an appointment with, it’s meeting with them that will confirm who is a good fit for you. This might mean meeting with more than one eye doctor for comparison. But that’s ok because your eye health is key to a long and happy life. Taking the time to find a good eye doctor you trust is always worth it.



Last month the staff at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center hosted its second annual Cataract Seminar Sock Hop aimed to provide information about the technological advances by walking the patient through the cataract process from start to finish and providing attendees the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about it.


The process begins when a referring optometrist recommends cataract surgery during an eye exam. The patient would then make an appointment at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center.  The patient would come in for pre-testing and education with our certified staff to get custom measurements and discuss options available for cataract surgery.  Our friendly technicians would check their vision and pressure before dilating the patient to prep them for Dr. Swale. He would perform a dilated Fundus exam to make the recommendation for the desired outcome, before ultimately scheduling surgery at one of two locations for outpatient surgery.

All this information can be found on or by calling the office, but we took it a step further. We love our patients and wanted to give them an unforgettable and intimate experience by taking them back to a simpler time: the 1950s.


The practice was transformed into a sock hop complete with a retro color palette, a giant jukebox, and cardboard record cutouts. Like a classic diner there were cheeseburgers, onion rings, and even root beer floats served by our “soda shop gals.”

The staff was decked out in Pink Ladies attire while the men sported leather T-Bird jackets. Heather our certified ophthalmic assistant (COA) was the star of the show, hilariously guiding attendees through each step of the process all while wearing a bright pink wig!

The cherry on the top of this delicious root beer float was a special performance from “The Northsiders,” a Chicago barbershop quartet. They entertained attendees with classic soda shop jams from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and The Monotones. It was a night unlike any other.


If you are interested in achieving clearer vision you can visit our cataract surgery page or you can contact Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center today! Be sure to attend the hop next year for an in-depth look at the cataract consultation.

Night Vision, is it a trick of the eye?

Night Vision, is it a trick of the eye?

This Halloween season you may find yourself lying in bed with the lights off when out of the corner of your eye you see a hazy outline. You quickly turn on the lights only to realize there is nothing there but a dresser. Did you see a ghost?

Human vision is not as strong at night as it is in a light environment, that’s just a fact of our human anatomy. Although we may be able to distinguish ambiguous shapes and outlines, our eyes do not have the same capabilities of animals with perfect night vision. Unless you live in a haunted house, the reason for the hazy outline was your eye catching some light from your bedroom window or other source of light like the edges of a closed door.

The Simple Mechanics of Night Vision

To understand night vision, you need to understand a little of the mechanics of how we eyes see. The three parts of your eyes that help you see are:

  1. Pupils: Your pupils expand to let light in and retract to block light out.
  2. Cones: Your cones help your eyes recognize color and detail in bright lights.
  3. Rods: Your rods help your eyes recognize black, white and grey shades, as well as shapes in dim lights.

It takes your eyes about thirty minutes to adapt and adjust to darkness. Things that can affect our ability to adapt to seeing at night are:

  • lack of vitamin A
  • colds, headache, fatigue
  • narcotics, alcohol and tobacco use
  • prolonged exposure to bright light
  • physical conditions

Nocturnal Animals

Animals like owls and cats have perfect night vision because they have more rods than we do. Take cats for instance; according to Tia Ghose writer for Live Science, cats have six to eight more rod cells than humans allowing them to see clearer pictures in the dark and making them perfect companions to warn us if something uninvited is hanging around your house.

Night Vision Technology

What if you don’t own an animal with night vision? You’ll need additional technology to help you see those spooky apparitions. Fortunately engineers have created two types of night vision goggles to make ghost hunting possible.

Image enhancement: Image enhancement collects all the available light and intensifies it through two green lenses in the goggles. Human eyes can process green light better than other colored light.

Thermal imaging: Thermal imaging detects infrared light produced by heat in objects; it looks a lot like weather radar. The more intense (hotter) the temperature, the more red the object will appear. You’d have better chances locating a ghost with thermal imaging. Ghosts lack body heat and would show up blue in the goggles.

Don’t be discouraged that your eyes aren’t made for perceiving depth and motion at night. The fun of Halloween are the tricks that get played on our eyes.

A Motivational Second Annual Doctor and Staff Appreciation Night

A Motivational Second Annual Doctor and Staff Appreciation Night

Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center (FSN Eye) held their second annual Doctor and Staff Appreciation Night at the Kankakee Hilton Garden Inn November 8, 2017, an event that celebrates referring doctors and staff.

FSN Eye has striven to create the best patient experiences for over 34 years and a huge component of that is the coordination of care between referring doctors and our eye center. From the time a doctor refers a patient to our practice, their staff and our staff are working together to ensure a streamlined process for patients. Our patient success stories would not be possible without the individual contributions of our network of referring physicians and their staff.

“It’s a pleasure to be involved in patient care, but patient care is not without its challenges,” said Dr. Jerome Swale, FSN Eye’s surgeon. “It’s important to feel encouraged and what better way than to work on yourself and your goals.”

Dr. Swale’s words were a perfect segue for the evening’s special guest speaker, motivational speaker and former Chicago Bears player Matt Mayberry who gave a speech about the power of growth through goal setting to the audience of doctors and staff.

Special Guest, Motivational Speaker Matt Mayberry’s Words of Inspiration

Mayberry broke goal setting into three easy steps – set goals, visualize the most transforming one, and make smaller actionable goals to achieve the bigger goals. His approach to goal setting is detailed in his book Winning Plays: Tackling Adversity and Achieving Success in Business and in Life, which every attendee received a copy of as a gift.

“It’s not the achievement of the goal that matters most, it’s the man or woman that you become in the process of achieving that goal that is the most important thing,” Mayberry said. “True meaningful success comes when you look to grow yourself.”

“One of the most phenomenal gifts we have as human beings is the ability to make a choice each and every day. The fact of the matter is that when we stop our formal education we stop growing and learning,” Mayberry said. “However, the best of the best people (who are the most successful) are obsessed with growing themselves every single day. They are lifelong learners.”

For more information on our services or upcoming events, head over to FSN Eye ’s services and events pages, or follow FSN Eye on social media for updates.

Diabetes, One of Many Diseases An Eye Exam Can Detect

Diabetes, One of Many Diseases An Eye Exam Can Detect

According to the 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report, 30.3 million people have some form of diabetes. Out of that 30.3 million, 7.2 million are undiagnosed.

Diabetes is a complex disease that causes abnormal glucose metabolism as a result of decreased levels of insulin, or insulin resistance. Over time it can lead to serious health problems. Diabetes can be detected in many ways, and one of them is through a comprehensive eye exam, which we do here at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center.

With the help of an indirect ophthalmoscope, our ophthalmologists can detect diabetes by looking at the blood vessels in the back of the eye to determine their health. An indirect opthalmoscope is a headband with a light attached to it. Combine the powerful tools of an indirect opthalmoscope with a handheld lens and the ophthalmologist can look at the back of the eye. Swelling of the macula or blot hemorrhaging are signs that indicate a patient could have diabetes.

Complication Due to Diabetes: Vision Loss

Vision loss, or blindness, is another threat to a patient’s health as a result of diabetes. Blindness Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss in patients with diabetes. It occurs when the vessels in the retina are swollen or leaking blood. This complication of diabetes is responsible for 12,000 to 24,000 new cases of blindness each year and is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20 to 74 years of age. Again, this disease can be detected using an indirect opthalmoscope.

Can Go Undiagnosed For Years

“Usually the disease has gone undiagnosed for five to seven years,” Dr. Nicholson, optometrist at FSN Eye said. “We’ll notice severe changes in the blood vessels and notify the patient.”

Learning you could have diabetes is scary, but if detected early enough one can make the necessary changes to combat the disease. That is why it is so important to get a yearly comprehensive eye exam with our doctors.

Make an appointment today by calling 815-932-2020

Optometrist’s Daughter Gains 20/20 Vision at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson

Optometrist’s Daughter Gains 20/20 Vision at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson

Last month Lauren Kunkel received the gift of 20/20 vision with Visian ICL here at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center, something that despite her optometry background she had not heard of before.

“My biggest fear about Visian ICL was that I didn’t know that much about it and up until this point had not heard much about it at school either,” Kunkel explained.

Kunkel noticed her vision declining from third grade until the middle of high school. She wore glasses and contacts until her eyes could no longer tolerate them.

“For the past five years I couldn’t wear contacts for more than a few hours at a time. In the evening my contacts would literally fall out of my eyes,” Kunkel explained. “My friends used to joke that my eyeballs stopped working whenever my contacts fell out.”

It’s All In the Family

Lauren comes from a family of optometrists. Her parents, doctors Kent and Beth Kunkel, own their own practice, Illinois Valley Eye Care in Spring Valley, IL and Eyesite in Ottawa, IL. Lauren is also currently pursuing her education in optometry, following in her family’s footsteps. She is a second year student at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago.

Corneal Tissue Saved, 20/20 Vision Gained With Visian ICL

Lauren made an appointment at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center based on the recommendation of one her mother’s patients, who had received Visian ICL from Dr. Swale ten years ago prior.

Originally anticipating Photo Refractive Keratectomy (PRK) (which reshapes the cornea so that light rays can focus more precisely on the retina), Lauren learned that her corneas were too thin to safely performer the procedure. Dr. Swale determined that Lauren would be a better candidate for Visian ICL instead.

Visian ICL is an implantable contact lens that is surgically implanted in front of the natural lens. It’s a great alternative vision correctin procedure to PRK and LASIK because it does not eliminate any corneal tissue and can be removed when the time comes for cataract surgery.

“The day after the procedure I woke up seeing 20/20 and nothing has changed since. There was very little recovery time,” Kunkel explained. “It’s only been a month but it feels like wearing glasses and contacts was a lifetime ago. I couldn’t be happier with my experience!”