LASIK Eye Surgery in Chicago
WHAT IS LASIK?
LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is an FDA-approved refractive procedure intended to reduce your dependency on eyeglasses or contact lenses. LASIK is the most commonly performed refractive procedure at Kraff Eye because of the quick results and recovery time it provides.
In qualified patients, LASIK surgery will dramatically decrease a patient’s dependency on glasses and contact lenses. Many patients actually describe LASIK as a miracle.
The procedure is designed to treat patients who are myopic (nearsighted) and hyperopic (farsighted). More recent advancements in technology now allow us to also treat patients with high levels of astigmatism. The newest customized iDesign advanced wavefront guided technology, used by the Kraff Eye Institute, helps Dr. Kraff achieve highly accurate results.
LASIK is essentially a 2-step process. Step 1 is where Dr. Kraff uses the Intralase Femtosecond Laser to create a very thin flap on the surface of the cornea. Step 2 is where Dr. Kraff lifts the flap and uses another laser to reshape the cornea. The reshaping of the cornea allows the light traveling through the eye to hit the retina, thereby correcting your vision.
Approved by the FDA in 1997, LASIK is a safe and painless alternative to wearing glasses or contact lenses.
WHAT TO ASK IN A LASIK CONSULTATION
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 top surface of the eye), and check the overall health of your eyes. These tests along with an examination with Dr. Kraff will let you know if you are a candidate for refractive surgery. One of our refractive counselors will go over the procedure in detail with you and answer any questions you might have regarding the surgery. You will then have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Kraff, who will let you know if you are a candidate for laser vision correction, and answer any additional questions you may have.
HOW LONG AFTER LASIK CONSULTATION IS SURGERY
Depending on if you wear contact lenses, and the type of lenses you wear, surgery can be anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks following your initial consultation. If you wear specialty lenses, Dr. Kraff will instruct you on how long you need to be out of your contact lenses prior to surgery. If you don’t wear contact lenses, then the Refractive Consultant will work with you to find a day and time that works best with your schedule.
On the day of surgery you will want to plan on being in the office for about 2 hours. The LASIK procedure is around 30 minutes, with the actual LASER treatment being only a matter of seconds.
WHAT TO EXPECT
On the day of surgery, you should expect to be in the office for about 2 hours. This will allow for patient check-in, additional testing, administering a mild oral sedative to help you relax, performing the procedure, and then reviewing post-operative information.
Creating the flap takes around 4 to 5 minutes. The patient will be given several sets of numbing drops to ensure a painless treatment. It’s normal during this step to feel a small amount of pressure. The sensation only lasts for about 30 seconds for each eye.
Dr. Kraff will be talking to you throughout the entire process so you know what to expect.
The second step usually takes 10 minutes to complete. Additional numbing drops will continue to be administered to help keep you comfortable during the procedure. The treatments will be done one eye at a time and will take approximately 5 minutes for each eye. Dr. Kraff will use a small instrument to gently keep the eyelid open. Then, Dr. Kraff will use surgical instruments to lift the flap created in step 1. Next, the laser will reshape the cornea to improve your vision. This step is quick, usually less than 1 minute, and during that time you will feel NO discomfort. Once completed, Dr. Kraff will realign the flap; smoothing out any wrinkles or creases. He will then begin the same process on the other eye.
After the procedure is over, your post-operative instructions will be reviewed in detail and Dr. Kraff will take one final look at your eyes before you leave. The patient is encouraged to go home and try and sleep as much as possible.
After your LASIK procedure, you will be taken to our recovery room where all of your post-operative instructions are explained in detail. Dr. Kraff will examine your eyes again 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 will sleep 4-6 hours during which time the majority of the healing process takes place. You may experience some mild discomfort (watery eyes, stinging, light sensitivity) during this time and we want you to keep your eyes closed as much as possible to aid in your recovery.
The day after your LASIK surgery, you will come back to the office for a post operative examination which lasts about 30 minutes. Dr. Kraff will review your progress and answer and follow-up questions you might have. 90% of patients return to normal daily activities within 24 hours of their procedure.
Reviews for LASIK services at Kraff Eye, Chicago
I’ve got my lasik surgery from them about a week ago after getting a lot of my colleagues’ recommendations. It has really been a pleasant experience working with them so far. My eyes seem to healing properly now, and I’m excited for the next follow-up appointment.Jong Won L.
Would highly suggest lasik with Dr. Kraff. Smooth, pain free operation and his staff is just as good. Very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating in terms of post op experience. I’ve been blind my entire life and I still am shocked at how well I see. Wish I would have seen Dr. Kraff years agoBrandon K.
Great experience, very happy with the results! I'm a few months out from getting lasik at Kraff and am very happy with the results. The staff was great and Dr. Kraff himself was extremely competent and put all my anxieties to rest.Eva P.
I went here for Lasik with Dr. Kraff. The experience was top notch from the support team to the doctor. The team answered all of my questions and was patient and professional. They have this procedure down - efficient and organized. I am very grateful for my 20/20 vision after wearing contacts for years.Sarah L.
Dr. Kraff and his staff were nothing short of spectacular. HIGHLY recommend using his services for LASIK. The results are absolutely incredible - I now have 20/15 vision and recommend this procedure to anyone who is thinking about this!Adam S.
The Kraft Institute did an incredible job preparing me for the procedure and out lining my regimine for post-op care. Although I was very nervous the lasik was quick and painless. I am so happy to be able to see without glasses for the first time in over a decade. Thanks so much!Claire O.
I got lasik here and it turned out amazing! Very happy with the results and was very pleased with the service at Kraff.Kyle S.
I loved working with the Kraff Eye Institute for my Lasik surgery. I had horrible eye-sight. I went from a -8 and -7 contact prescription to perfect vision! I can't believe it. Highly recommend them.Courtney R.
Safety is, and will always be, Dr. Kraff’s number 1 concern when performing a LASIK procedure. During the initial consultation, Dr. Kraff will assess whether a patient falls within treatable parameters for surgery. If he feels that surgery is not a safe option for you, he will not recommend moving forward and will discuss safe alternative options if appropriate.
Since Dr. Kraff started participating in the original FDA clinical trials in 1991, he has been an active participant, striving to continuously advance LASIK. In continuing to work with the FDA, Dr. Kraff has participated in dozens of clinical studies, helping to advance LASIK technology and ensuring safe and effective results for patients.
How much does a LASIK procedure cost?
“When deciding on where, and if, to have an elective procedure, we understand that cost is always going to play a factor in the decision-making process. We understand how the words “CHEAP” and “DISCOUNT” can be extremely appealing, but it’s important for patients to understand what exactly is included in the cost of their procedure. When here for a no-cost consultation, our team will explain what separates Dr. Kraff from our competitors. They will go over the exact cost of surgery, what’s included in the service and experience, and what the payment options are. Our team has researched the best financing options and are proud to partner with Care Credit. Patients should also know that HSA and FSA funds are allowed towards the surgery!”
Kraff Eye Institute has researched the best credit options and is proud to announce a partnership with CareCredit, America’s top patient payment program. CareCredit allows you to start your vision care procedures at once – then pay for it at your convenience with low monthly payments that are easy to fit in your monthly budget.
Please call our office at (312) 444-1111 for more details.
About Your Doctor
Dr. Colman Kraff
Specializing in Refractive Eye Surgeries for over 25 years
Dr. Colman Kraff has been at the forefront of LASER eye surgery since the beginning. Having personally performed over 70,000 LASER procedures, he is one of the most reputable and skilled surgeons anywhere.
Dr. Kraff works closely with industry manufactures as a principle investigator and consultant. As a result, he actively participates in the most recent FDA trials to ensure the best and most precise technology is available to patients.
Dr. Kraff was born and raised in Chicago. He enjoys running and photography, as well as, spending time with his wife, children, and granddaughter.
LASIK Surgery frequently asked questions
Is LASIK safe?
- As long as patients fall within treatable perimeters, LASIK is a safe and effective procedure
How long does LASIK take?
- A typical LASIK procedure, from start to finish, takes about 15-30 minutes. The LASER portion to correct your vision is less than 1 minute
Does LASIK hurt?
- During the procedure a patient will be given several sets of numbing drops. These drops help create a painless procedure for the patient. Post-operatively, a patient will be given oral pain medication to help minimize any discomfort. This discomfort is temporary and usually only lasts a couple of hours
Can you get LASIK twice?
- If a patient falls within treatable perimeters and requires an enhancement, a 2nd procedure can be performed. The enhancement procedure varies slightly from the initial procedure as we do not need to recreate a flap. Depending on when the primary procedure was 1st performed, Dr. Kraff may recommend doing PRK for the enhancement
Does LASIK fix astigmatism?
- Yes! The Kraff Eye Institute utilizes the most advanced wavefront guided technology. This technology allows us to treat high levels of astigmatism
Schedule LASIK Consultation
The best eye doctors in Chicago working at Kraff Eye Institute conduct thorough eye exams to make sure our patients are eligible for eye vision correction. Call (312) 444-1111, or complete the form below to schedule a free consultation. Our eye specialists will define whether you qualify for LASIK, PRK, or KAMRA Inlay and answer all your questions regarding eye surgery. Please, note, the consultation is complimentary only for patients who haven’t had a LASER procedure done before. All other appointments are billed to your major medical insurance.
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