At Kraff Eye Institute in Chicago, IL, your vision is our top priority. We specialize in intraocular lens implant (IOLs) surgery, a procedure that implants an artificial lens into the eye for vision correction. You can trust our skilled team to enhance your sight through this transformative intraocular lens surgery.
LASIK eye surgery is a safe and effective corrective vision procedure that can help people suffering from myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, and in some instances, presbyopia (diminished ability to see objects close up). Millions of people have benefited from this surgery, improving their vision and allowing them to enjoy clearer sight.
The only way to determine if you're a good LASIK candidate is to have our experienced and knowledgeable doctors assess your eyes. They will provide you with your best possible options for laser vision correction and answer any questions you may have.
In general, a good candidate for LASIK:
Someone may be ineligible for LASIK if their prescription is too strong to be treated with this procedure. Other reasons include autoimmune disease, thin corneas, dry eyes, or other eye diseases.
LASIK surgery can improve the vision of patients with various refractive errors. At the Kraff Eye Institute, we will determine if our patients qualify for the LASIK procedures.
Learn more about our vision correction procedures below and schedule a consultation to see if you are a good candidate.
On the day of your procedure, you will want to plan to be at the Kraff Eye Institute for approximately 2 hours. The LASIK procedure takes about 30 minutes, with the actual laser treatment being only a matter of seconds.
At your consultation visit, we will check your current vision with and without your glasses or contacts. During the examination, we will measure the thickness of your cornea, take a topography of your eyes (map of the front surface of the eye), and check the overall health of your eyes.
One of our refractive counselors will go over the procedure in detail with you and answer any questions you might have regarding the surgery. Our refractive counselors will also guide you through the scheduling process, and payment options.
You will then have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Kraff, who will let you know if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction, based on the measurements taken, and answer any additional questions you may have.
Depending on whether you wear contact lenses and the type of lenses you use, the time between your initial consultation and surgery can range from 1 to 2 weeks. If you have specialty lenses, Dr. Kraff will tell you how long you should go without wearing them before your surgery. If you don't wear contact lenses, we'll arrange a date and time that suits your schedule.
It is important to be aware of any potential risks and side effects and to discuss these with your doctor. You should also have realistic expectations of the outcome and be prepared to follow your doctor's instructions regarding post-operative care.
Creating the flap takes approximately 4 to 5 minutes. You'll be given several numbing drops to ensure you don't experience any pain. It's normal during this step to feel a small amount of pressure, this sensation only lasts for about 30 seconds for each eye.
Dr. Kraff will talk to you throughout the process so you know what to expect.
The second step usually takes about 10 minutes to complete. Additional numbing drops will keep you comfortable during this step. The treatment is done one eye at a time and will take approximately 5 minutes for each eye. Dr. Kraff will use a small instrument to gently hold the eyelids open.
Dr. Kraff will use a specialized surgical instrument to lift the flap created in Step 1. Next, Dr. Kraff will use the laser to reshape the cornea. This step is quick, usually less than 1 minute, and you will feel NO discomfort during this time. Once completed, Dr. Kraff will put the flap back down, realign the flap, smoothing any wrinkles or creases. He will then begin the exact same process on the other eye.
After your LASIK procedure, you will be taken to our recovery room, where your post-operative instructions are explained in detail. Dr. Kraff will examine your eyes one final time before you leave, and answer any follow-up questions you might have. You will need to have someone with you to assist you in getting home following your LASIK surgery.
When you arrive home, you should plan on sleeping for 4-6 hours, during which a lot of healing will occur. You may experience mild discomfort (watery eyes, stinging, light sensitivity) during this time, and we recommend you keep your eyes closed as much as possible to aid in your recovery.
The day after your LASIK surgery, you will return to the office for a postoperative examination of 15 minutes. Dr. Kraff will assess your progress and answer any follow-up questions you might have. 90% of refractive eye surgery patients return to normal daily activities within 24 hours of their procedure.
At Kraff Eye Institute, we understand that cost is a major factor when deciding to undergo an elective procedure. We know that words like “cheap” and “discount” can be very attractive, but we want to make sure that patients understand exactly what is included in the cost of their procedure.
During a no-cost consultation, our team will explain the differences between what we offer and our competitors. They will go over the cost of the LASIK surgery, what services and exams are included, and what payment options are available. Additionally, patients should know they can use HSA and FSA funds for their surgery.
We have researched the best financing options and are pleased to partner with CareCredit, America’s premier patient payment program. CareCredit enables you to start your vision care procedure immediately and pay for it over a determined period of time, with low monthly payments that are convenient and easy to fit into your budget.
At the Kraff Eye Institute, one of the nations top LASIK eye surgery centers, our team of professionals is dedicated to providing patients with the most precise and safe treatments.
By utilizing the iDesign technology - the best technology available - Dr. Kraff can customize each individual procedure and consider every minor aberration. Our all-laser system ensures the LASIK treatments are as safe as possible. At our LASIK eye surgery center in Chicago, our highly experienced team of top LASIK surgeons are committed to ensuring that each patient has a comfortable and successful experience.
Dr. Colman Kraff is one of the best LASIK surgeons in Chicago, he has been involved in LASER eye surgery since its inception, having performed over 70,000 procedures.
He partners with industry leaders as a consultant and principal investigator, participating in the latest FDA trials to ensure the best and most advanced technology is accessible to patients.
A Chicago native, Dr. Kraff is passionate about running and photography and cherishes the time he spends with his wife, children, and grandchildren.
During the procedure, the patient is given multiple sets of numbing drops. These drops help create a painless procedure for the patient. Post-operatively, patients are given oral pain medication to help minimize any discomfort. Rest assured that any discomfort is temporary and usually only lasts a couple of hours.
If a patient falls within treatable perimeters and requires an enhancement, a second procedure can be performed. The enhancement procedure varies slightly from the initial procedure as it isn't necessary to recreate a flap. Depending on when the primary procedure was first performed, Dr. Kraff may recommend doing PRK for the enhancement.
LASIK is a widely preferred laser eye surgery due to its proven effectiveness, rapid recovery, and minimal discomfort. However, your individual eye conditions will determine your suitability. Consulting an experienced eye specialist will determine the most suitable option for optimal results.
Laser eye surgery doesn't stop the eye's natural aging process (presbyopia). Patients treated for Myopia or Hyperopia should understand that they will still need reading glasses when they're in their late 40s or early 50s. If a patient is currently wearing reading glasses, then Dr. Kraff may recommend a procedure called Monovision. Monovision will be discussed when you are in the office for your consultation.
Most medical insurance doesn't cover laser eye surgery. However, contact your health insurance provider to determine if your individual policy covers LASIK surgery and if there are any restrictions or requirements.
Yes, typically, LASIK surgery is performed on both eyes simultaneously. It's important to discuss this option with your doctor before making any decisions.
After LASIK, you may need to limit strenuous activities temporarily to ensure proper healing. You will need to avoid swimming and diving during the initial healing process. Your eye doctor will provide guidelines to safeguard your eyes during the initial recovery phase, which will maximize the procedure's success.