Mark I. Golden, MD, FACS, FICS
Doctors for Visual Freedom
The John Hancock Center
875 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Arlington Heights Office
2010 S Arlington Heights Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Dr. Mark I. Golden
Doctors For Visual Freedom – Serving patients seeking LASIK, PRK and treatment for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism in Chicago
Mark Golden, MD, FACS, FICS, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and award-winning Chicago LASIK surgeon. He has performed more than 23,000 laser refractive procedures and has taught LASIK techniques to hundreds of surgeons around the world. Dr. Golden has operated on his wife, members of his family, fellow eye doctors, pilots, attorneys and other members of the community. He believes in treating every patient like he would a family member, and providing the best possible care in a relaxed, competent manner using the latest technology. Dr. Golden was named a “Top LASIK Doctor” by The Best in Chicago Medicine organization in 2011 and 2012.
Dr. Golden is the head of Doctors for Visual Freedom, a Chicago refractive surgery and general ophthalmology practice located inside the John Hancock Center on Michigan Avenue. Dr. Golden offers several vision correction options, including LASIK, PRK and Conductive Keratoplasty.
To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Golden and learn more about your vision correction options, please contact Doctors for Visual Freedom at 855-688-2599.
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Dr. Golden's patients.
More about Vision Correction at Doctors for Visual Freedom
Dr. Golden uses the latest and most reliable technology for customized vision correction treatment. His modern, state-of-the-art practice is equipped with the VISX advanced CustomVue wavefront laser to produce highly customized vision correction results.
Prior to LASIK, Dr. Golden uses WaveFront technology to map the eye's unique imperfections, including higher order aberrations (very subtle vision problems). This information is used to calibrate the surgical excimer laser that reshapes the cornea in a fashion that is as unique as a person's fingerprint. By using WaveFront mapping, the precision of the treatment is 25 times more precise than the usual method of testing for glasses. With this type of treatment, 85 percent of patients say that they have much less glare after surgery. WaveFront-guided LASIK can provide patients with better vision than is possible with the best pair of glasses or contact lenses.
Dr. Golden begins LASIK surgery by opening up the cornea and making a flap. The cornea, or front surface of the eye, is approximately five hairs thick. The flap is about two hairs thick. After gently lifting back the flap, he uses the excimer laser to remove microscopic particles of corneal tissue; this corrects the refractive error causing nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. When Dr. Golden is happy with the newly shaped cornea, he returns the corneal flap to its original position, where it naturally seals itself to the eye.
Dr. Golden's Chicago LASIK patients find that the procedure is not painful. Most return to normal activities with excellent vision the morning after surgery. In the majority of cases, Dr. Golden's patients no longer need to rely on glasses or contact lenses to see clearly; more than 99 percent of patients achieve 20/20 vision.
What Do Patients Say About Their Experiences with Doctors for Visual Freedom?
"I am so glad I had LASIK done, and it was worth more than I had hoped! I wake up every morning and have a huge part of my personal care process eliminated. I don't ever have to worry about what happens when I am spontaneous and do not have anything like contacts or solution with me, because my eyes are no longer a concern. I don't have to worry about starving my eyes of oxygen with contacts, or with any more gross bumps growing on my eyelid from contacts and messing up a good makeup job. It doesn't matter if I have allergies that day; I still see clearly and just fine. I see even better than I ever did with contacts, and I have zero discomfort. Doctor Golden's skill and compassion before and after the surgery made it a wonderful experience that I want to share with everyone, because having perfect vision 24/7 was something I couldn't ever visualize for myself, except for now, when I see clearly thanks to him! You have one life and only one pair of eyes; I trusted mine to Doctor Golden, and I'm glad I did!" Anonymous
"Dear Mark, I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving. I wanted to let you know how very thankful I am every time the day after Thanksgiving comes around. This is because I am reminded of your incredible generosity, as this is the day a few years ago you made it possible for me to see without glasses. Not a day goes by that I don't appreciate your gift. Thank you." Michelle
"Nobody would be more picky about their eyes than I would be. I saw 20/15 the very next day, and have ever since." Dr. McNelis
"As a pilot, hundreds of lives rely on me. It's important my eyes be the best they can be. Hands down the best money I've ever spent in my entire life." Blake
More about Mark Golden, MD, FACS, FICS
Mark Golden, MD, FACS, FICS, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, and was the first-ever recipient of a pre-doctoral Master's of Science degree in ophthalmology. Dr. Golden earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University and completed an internship at St. Johns Mercy Medical Center before returning to Saint Louis University for his ophthalmology residency. After his residency, Dr. Golden helped expand his family's practice into seven offices between Chicago and Southern Wisconsin. He has taught LASIK techniques to hundreds of fellow doctors and spoken at dozens of meetings of organizations such as the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Golden is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, as well as the International College of Surgeons, for which he formerly served as Vice President and Section Head of Ophthalmology.