LASIK Eye Surgery for Astigmatism in Chicago, IL

If you have astigmatism, you may be wondering if you would qualify for LASIK surgery, and the answer is a resounding yes! Kraff Eye Institute can provide significant improvements in the vision of individuals who have corneal astigmatism. With the use of advanced technology and the expertise of our practice, we can improve the vision of patients with high levels of astigmatism.

What Is Astigmatism?

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Astigmatism is a common type of refractive error like myopia or hyperopia. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea or lens of the eye is unevenly shaped. Instead of being spherical in shape, the cornea or lens is shaped more like a football, rather than a basketball. This irregularity causes the light that enters the eye to fall on two different focal points, resulting in blurred vision. Some symptoms of astigmatism include:

  • Blurry vision;
  • Poor night vision;
  • Squinting;
  • Eye pain;
  • Frequent headaches.

Astigmatism is often present along with other refractive errors like myopia or hyperopia. Many people have astigmatism and are not even aware of it because the symptoms can be so subtle.

Can LASIK Fix Astigmatism?

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Can you get LASIK with astigmatism? The simple answer is yes, people with astigmatism are likely to be great candidates for LASIK. LASIK can be used successfully to treat most people who have astigmatism, as long as it falls within the parameters of the treatment limits. The LASIK procedure will utilize the same laser that treats myopia and hyperopia to make the cornea more spherical, allowing light to properly fall on the retina, resulting in significant vision improvements. With the use of the most advanced technology in the industry, we are able to safely and successfully treat very high levels of astigmatism.

Are There Types Of Astigmatism That LASIK Can’t Fix?

Since the LASIK procedure treats the cornea, only corneal astigmatism can be corrected during laser vision correction surgery. Corneal astigmatism should not be confused with lenticular astigmatism.

There are two general types of astigmatism: regular and irregular. The type of astigmatism referred to so far in this article is the regular subtype, which is the most common. Irregular astigmatism results from trauma to the eye or certain corneal conditions such as keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, and epithelial basement membrane dystrophy. Irregular astigmatism is more difficult to address with refractive surgery, therefore LASIK generally wouldn’t be an option.

The treatment limits for LASIK are fairly generous, so even astigmatism that’s thought to be severe, may fall within those limits. It's important to meet with an experienced professional to determine if surgery is a safe and effective treatment option.

Book a Consultation with LASIK Astigmatism Correction in Mind

To schedule a complimentary consultation for LASIK astigmatism correction at Kraff Eye, schedule an appointment to discuss treatment or call 312-757-7335.

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Who Is a Candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery for Astigmatism?

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Not everyone with astigmatism is a good candidate for LASIK surgery. Here are some factors that  make a person a suitable candidate for LASIK for astigmatism:

  • Age: Patients should be at least 18 years old to ensure that their vision has stabilized.
  • Corneal thickness: A sufficient amount of corneal tissue is necessary for LASIK surgery to be performed safely. If you have thin corneas, you may qualify for other laser procedures.
  • Astigmatism severity: Patients with mild to moderate astigmatism typically achieve the best outcomes.
  • Good overall eye health: Individuals should have healthy eyes and no eye diseases, infections, or injuries.
  • Realistic expectations: Patients should have realistic expectations and a clear understanding of what LASIK can and cannot achieve.

There are also some limitations to LASIK for astigmatism, such as:

  • Not everyone will achieve perfect vision after LASIK.
  • LASIK is not recommended for patients with thin or irregular corneas.

It is important to consult with an experienced eye surgeon to determine if LASIK for astigmatism is right for you.

LASIK Vision Correction Procedure for Astigmatism

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LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a popular surgical procedure for correcting refractive errors such as astigmatism. Here is the step-by-step process for treating astigmatism:

  1. Preparation: Before the procedure, the patient’s eyes are numbed with anesthetic eye drops. An eyelid speculum is used to gently keep the eye open during the surgery.
  2. Corneal flap creation: The surgeon uses a femtosecond laser to create a thin flap on the surface of the cornea. The flap is lifted and folded back to expose the underlying corneal tissue.
  3. Tissue removal: An excimer laser is used to remove a precise amount of corneal tissue, reshaping the cornea to correct the astigmatism. The laser is guided by a computer that takes into account the patient’s individual eye measurements and the surgeon’s customized treatment plan.
  4. Flap repositioning: After the tissue has been removed, the surgeon will gently reposition the flap over the treated area. The flap adheres to the cornea on its own, eliminating the need for sutures.
  5. Recovery: After the procedure, the patient is given eye drops and protective eye shields to wear over their eyes to aid in the healing process. Most patients experience improved vision within the first day or two following surgery, with full recovery taking several weeks.

LASIK for astigmatism is generally considered safe and effective, with a high success rate in reducing or eliminating astigmatism and improving visual acuity. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are potential complications and risks involved that should be discussed with the surgeon beforehand.

How Effective Is LASIK Surgery for Astigmatism?

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LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a highly effective treatment for astigmatism. Here are some of the benefits of LASIK for treating astigmatism:

  • High success rate: The majority of patients who undergo LASIK for astigmatism achieve better vision, if not 20/20.
  • Long-lasting results: The effects of LASIK for astigmatism are typically permanent, with many patients experiencing improved vision for the rest of their lives.
  • Minimal downtime: Most patients can return to work and normal activities within a few days of the procedure.
  • Reduced dependence on corrective lenses: After LASIK for astigmatism, many patients no longer need to rely on glasses or contact lenses to see clearly.

Of course, as with any medical procedure, individual results may vary. Some patients can experience complications or require additional treatment after the initial procedure. It is important to consult with an experienced eye surgeon to determine if LASIK for astigmatism is right for you and to discuss realistic outcomes and any potential risks or limitations.

Get LASIK with Astigmatism at Kraff Eye Institute in Chicago

Schedule your LASIK consultation for astigmatism laser correction to achieve clear vision at Kraff Eye Institute today!

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How Much Does LASIK Cost for Astigmatism in Chicago?

LASIK eye surgery for astigmatism can vary in cost depending on several factors, such as the surgeon's experience, the technology used, and the location of the clinic. The cost of LASIK for astigmatism in Chicago typically ranges from $1,500 to $4,000 per eye. For a blade-less iDesign CustomVue LASIK procedure the average cost ranges between $2200 to $3200 per eye.

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Will Insurance Cover LASIK for Astigmatism?

In most cases, insurance plans do not cover LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) eye surgery for astigmatism as it is considered to be an elective procedure. However, there are financing options to help make the procedure more affordable for patients.

Why Choose Kraff Eye Institute for Astigmatism LASIK Correction?

When it comes to LASIK surgery for astigmatism in the Chicago area, the Kraff Eye Institute is a top choice for several reasons:

  • Experience: Dr. Colman Kraff has been at the forefront of LASIK since its inception and has been performing LASIK surgery longer than any other surgeon in the Chicago area.
  • Expertise: Dr. Kraff has participated in numerous studies to aid in the advancement of  LASIK surgery, and has trained other eye surgeons on the latest surgical techniques.
  • State-of-the-art technology: At Kraff Eye Institute, we use the most advanced technology, such as the iDesign 2.0 software, to deliver the most precise and effective treatment for astigmatism.
  • Personalized care: Our team takes the time to get to know each patient and their unique needs, providing customized treatment plans and attentive follow-up care to achieve your goal of clear vision.

With a commitment to excellence and a track record of successful outcomes, the Kraff Eye Institute is the best choice for LASIK surgery for astigmatism in the Chicago area.

About Your LASIK Surgeon

Dr. Colman Kraff has been performing LASIK eye surgery since its inception. As part of the 1991 FDA clinical studies, Dr. Kraff was one of the very first doctors to perform both LASIK and PRK surgeries. He was also the first doctor in the country to perform a wavefront-guided LASIK procedure. With over 75,000 procedures performed, Dr. Kraff has an unmatched level of expertise in LASIK surgery, he continues to work with the FDA on advancing LASIK surgery and has published research material and lectured all over the world.



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Improve Vision With LASIK for Astigmatism in Chicago

To schedule a complimentary LASIK consultation, please click Schedule LASIK Consultation or call (312) 757-7335. To inquire about other services, please fill out our Vision Correction Consultation form.

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Lasik for Astigmatism FAQ

How long does it take to recover after astigmatism surgery?

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Patients will be encouraged to go home and sleep immediately following the surgery. There can be some irritation for the first couple of hours, but oral pain medication will be administered to help minimize any discomfort. With LASIK surgery, most patients can resume their normal day-to-day activities within 24 hours. There are some restrictions which will be reviewed with you prior to your procedure.

How long does LASIK take when used to treat astigmatism?

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LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) surgery to treat astigmatism typically takes around 15 to 30 minutes per eye. The actual laser portion of the procedure usually takes only a few seconds per eye, with additional time required for preparation and postoperative care.