Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss in the United States. Glaucoma is referred to as a silent disease because many times it can deteriorate your eyesight before you know you have an issue. When caught at an early stage, you may be able to protect your eyes from serious vision loss. The best way to proactively address the risk of glaucoma is to schedule regular eye exams.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is not a single eye disease but rather a group of diseases which damages your optic nerve. The optic nerve is like an electric cable with over a million wires responsible for carrying images from your eye to your brain. Glaucoma usually occurs when the internal pressure of your eye rises slowly and begins to deteriorate your optic nerve.

As your optic nerve fibers deteriorate, you will start to develop peripheral (side) blind spots. You typically won't notice these blank spots in your daily activities until the optic nerve is significantly damaged and these spots become large. If all of your optic nerve fibers die, blindness will result.

Who is at risk for glaucoma?

You may be at higher risk if you:

  • Are 60 years or older
  • Have a family history of glaucoma
  • Experience elevated eye pressure
  • Have African or Spanish ancestry

While these characteristics may place a person at a higher risk, everyone should see an eye doctor on a regular basis and have their eyes tested for glaucoma.

What are my treatment options for glaucoma?

Fortunately, medical advances have made it easier to detect and manage glaucoma. We suggest regular check-ups with one of our doctors at the Kraff Eye Institute. Frequent exams can help to detect glaucoma in its early stages before irreversible damage has occurred to your eyes. If you have further questions or want to schedule an appointment, call (312) 444-1111.

Schedule Appointment

To schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you would qualify for LASIK, PRK, or a KAMRA Inlay please call (312) 444-1111, or use the button below. Please note, consultations are only complimentary for patients who haven’t had a LASER procedure done before on their eyes. All other appointments are billed to your major medical insurance.

Please check with your insurance provider to see if our doctors are in your network.

Out of great caution and concern over the coronavirus, we have decided to close Kraff Eye Institute end of business March 17th. We will evaluate weekly to determine if we should continue with our closure. As of March 30th, we anticipate being closed until April 10th. We will adjust this message accordingly should that date change. We care too much about the health of our patients and staff to increase any of the “community spread” of COVID-19. The decision was made after many discussions with peers, local and national medical communities, as well as heeding the advice of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about the severity of the issue.

Our phones will be operational for communication with you our patients. Please continue to call Kraff Eye Institute 312-444-1111. You can contact the office via the patient portal or standard email at Our office hours will be Monday through Friday 9:00am-4:00pm.

We are available to reschedule current appointments and setting up future visits.
The staff will triage questions and prescription refill requests. Please contact the office directly for this.
Contact lens orders will be placed if requested for direct ship to your home. If you are due for your exam, we can extend your prescription until COVID-19 passes. If you need to pick up contacts from our office, please call to arrange at 312-444-1111.

Please also note if we have not yet connected with you to reschedule your appointment for the next two weeks our staff will do so in the next few days. We apologize for any delay as there are many patients to contact currently.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Kraff Eye Institute looks forward to resuming business as usual as soon as possible.

Stay healthy!

The Kraff Eye Institute