All-Laser (Bladeless) LASIK Eye

All-Laser (Bladeless) LASIK Eye Surgery in Chicago

For more than 30 years, LASIK has been one of the most common elective procedures performed. In the past, mechanical blades were used to create a flap on the cornea; however, as technology has advanced, a laser has taken its place, making the treatment process much safer and more precise. All-Laser, or bladeless LASIK surgery, is the most advanced way to perform this vision correction surgery today.

Bladeless LASIK Eye Surgery

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All-Laser, or bladeless LASIK, is the most advanced way of performing vision correction surgery today.
At the Kraff Eye Institute, we use the Intralase Femtosecond Laser (iFS) to create a thin, customized flap on the cornea's surface. This advanced laser technology enables our LASIK surgeon, Dr. Kraff, to work with precision and accuracy, reducing the risk of any complications or issues that can arise during the procedure.

How the Kraff Eye Institute Can Help with this All-laser Procedure

We use the Intralase Femtosecond Laser, or iFS, a highly advanced bladeless technology that allows us to customize corneal flaps to the needs of each patient. With the iFS, we can adjust the size and shape of the flaps according to the patient's unique eye structure. Plus, the procedure is quick and painless - taking no more than one minute per eye.

How Bladeless Laser Eye Surgery Works

The Consultation

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To determine if all-laser LASIK surgery is a safe treatment option for you, you must come in for a free, no-obligation consultation. During the appointment, a Refractive Counselor will take photos of your corneas, measure the thickness, and check your vision. The Refractive Counselor will then explain the various treatment options.

Afterward, you will meet with Dr. Kraff, who will review all the measurements and tell you which option is the safest, along with giving you the best results. Dr. Kraff will also discuss potential risks and answer any questions you may have. Finally, the Refractive Counselor will review the pricing, financing options, and surgery scheduling.

The Pre-Op Exam

If you choose to have surgery, you will need to stop wearing contact lenses for 1 to 2 weeks (or even longer) before the final measurements and the procedure (The initial evaluation is only to determine if you are suitable for surgery).

At your pre-operative appointment, Dr. Kraff will take measurements to determine your refractive error and corneal dimensions. Your pupils will be dilated to closely examine your ocular structures and overall eye health.

After reviewing all of the data, Dr. Kraff will determine if surgery is still suitable. Afterward, one of our surgical coordinators will provide you with the necessary information and instructions for the day of your procedure.



You should plan to be in the office for about two hours on the day of surgery, and arrange a ride home, as driving is prohibited. Once the necessary documents and payment have been gathered, you'll be given a mild sedative to help you relax.

During the procedure, numbing drops will be used to ensure a pain-free experience. The actual procedure will take about 30 minutes, with the laser portion only lasting a few seconds. Afterward, you will be brought to a recovery room, where post-op instructions will be given.

Dr. Kraff will then take one last look at the eyes, and you will be encouraged to go home and rest for several hours. Follow-up visits will be scheduled periodically over the next year to ensure everything is healing properly. In most cases, vision is functional within 24 hours, and most normal activities can be resumed.

How Was the LASIK Procedure Done Traditionally?

LASIK (Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis) is a vision correction procedure that reshapes the cornea, the transparent outermost layer of the eye, to improve eyesight. This procedure works by modifying the shape of the cornea so that light enters the eye precisely and is focused on the retinal photoreceptor cells, resulting in clearer vision.

The traditional LASIK procedure consisted of two main steps. Firstly, topical anesthesia was applied via eye drops. Then a microkeratome, an instrument with a surgical blade, was used to make a thin, hinged flap on the cornea.

Once the flap was created, it was gently opened to expose the underlying tissue, which then underwent a computer-guided excimer laser treatment to reshape the corneal tissue to achieve the desired vision correction. At the end of the procedure, the flap is put back into place, acting as a natural bandage to ensure maximum post-operative comfort and a quicker recovery.

Consultation Appointment

If you're ready to treat your farsightedness and be less reliant on contacts or glasses, schedule your no-cost consultation with Dr.Colman Kraff today!

How Is Bladeless LASIK Procedure Different?

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In bladeless LASIK, a femtosecond laser is used instead of a microkeratome. The femtosecond laser uses a beam of light to create the corneal flap. This technology allows the surgeon to make a thinner, more uniform flap while minimizing trauma to the surrounding tissue.

The flap is then folded back to allow access to the cornea's inner layers. The next step is to use an excimer laser to reshape the cornea. The excimer laser emits an intense beam of light to precisely remove small amounts of corneal tissue, resulting in an optimal curvature of the cornea and improved vision. 

Finally, the flap is carefully repositioned and allowed to heal.

Bladeless LASIK vs Traditional LASIK

Bladeless LASIK is superior to traditional LASIK because of its improved accuracy and safety. The femtosecond laser helps to create a more precise corneal flap, which reduces the risk of complications.

Bladeless LASIK also allows for a customized vision correction treatment plan, as the laser is programmed to the individual patient’s corneal shape and unique visual needs.

Additionally, this type of LASIK has a much faster recovery time, with most patients returning to normal activities within 24 hours. This procedure also causes less discomfort than traditional LASIK, with fewer side effects, and has a much lower risk of complications.

About Your Doctor

Specializing In Refractive Eye Surgeries For Over 25 Years

Dr. Kraff has been at the forefront of LASER eye surgery since its inception, having performed over 70,000 procedures.

He has worked closely with the FDA on getting LASER eye surgery approved, and continues to participate in numerous clinical studies to further advance LASER technology.

A Chicago native, Dr. Kraff is passionate about running and photography and cherishes the time he spends with his wife, children, and grandchildren.


Am I a candidate for the all-laser procedure?

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If you are considering surgery, the best way to find out if it is right for you is to schedule a free and non-binding consultation. Call us at 312-598-1087 or use our online consultation feature to book your complimentary session today.

Why is femtosecond technology more expensive?

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Femtosecond technology is the safest, most precise, and most efficient way of creating a flap for a LASIK procedure. For each treatment, the software is programmed using your individualized eye measurements. The increase in cost between a blade-free and a traditional LASIK treatment is due to the licensing fees from the maker of the laser.

Is All-Laser LASIK safer?

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All-Laser LASIK is the most advanced technique for performing LASIK surgery. The bladeless system enables Dr. Kraff to tailor the flap size to suit every patient's individual needs and unique eye structure. The laser-produced cut is smoother, which helps to speed up the recovery time. 

Conversely, a blade creates the flap on the cornea's surface with Traditional LASIK. This blade-based system restricts a surgeon's capability to alter the flap dimensions and may have mechanical problems during the procedure.

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