The Kraff Eye Institute uses the latest and most advanced technology to help people see the world more clearly. Dr. Colman Kraff has been at the forefront of LASER eye surgery since its inception and you will not find a more qualified and experienced surgeon. With over 3 decades of experience, Dr. Kraff has treated patients with high levels of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Over the years, many people have come to believe that if they have an astigmatism that it immediately disqualifies them from being a good candidate for LASIK surgery. That however is NOT true! With the technology and equipment used at our practice, we can actually treat patients with high levels of astigmatism.
Many people hear the word “astigmatism” but aren’t entirely sure what that means. The cornea is the clear dome that sits in front of the colored part of your eye. Sometimes starting at birth, or developing later in life, the shape of the cornea can change and affect the quality of your vision. Corneal astigmatism is a fairly common refractive error. When the shape, or curvature, of the cornea is not ideal, this affects how the light hits the retina. For optimal vision, the light needs to hit the retina creating one focal point. When you have an astigmatism, the light is hitting in two separate spots and thereby creating two focal points. When determining if someone is a good candidate for LASIK surgery and they have an astigmatism, we must first look at whether the astigmatism is regular. There are some patients who have irregular astigmatism which can sometimes disqualify them from having LASER eye surgery. Corneal astigmatism should not be confused with lenticular astigmatism.
Astigmatism is a fairly common type of refractive error and in many circumstances can be treated with LASIK surgery. There are some patients, although rare, whose level of astigmatism disqualifies them from being a good candidate for surgery. The shape of the astigmatism is also an important factor that is looked at prior to surgery. The best way to determine if your astigmatism is treatable is to have you come in for a no-cost, no-obligation, consultation.
LASIK surgery is a two-step process. The first step is where Dr. Kraff uses a LASER to create a thin flap on the surface of the cornea. Once created Dr. Kraff will lift the flap and use another LASER to remove a microscopic amount of tissue from the cornea. The removal of tissue is customized based on the patient’s exact, specific, structural characteristics. Once removed, Dr. Kraff will realign the flap back over the eye and the flap will naturally adhere to the cornea over the next several days.
There is no practice in the Chicago area that has been doing LASIK surgery longer than the Kraff Eye Institute. Dr. Colman Kraff has been at the forefront of LASIK since its inception and participated in the 1991 FDA clinical trials which helped to get LASIK approved in 1997. Over the past 3 decades, Dr. Kraff has participated in numerous studies to help further advance LASIK surgery. At our practice, we utilize the iDesign 2.0 software. This software is the most advanced, highest definition, way of mapping the cornea. This technology also allows us to treat patients with high levels of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.
Dr. Colman Kraff has been performing LASER eye surgery since the beginning. As part of the 1991 FDA clinical studies, Dr. Kraff was one of the first doctors to perform both LASIK and PRK surgeries. Dr. Kraff was also the first doctor in the country to perform a wavefront-guided LASIK procedure. Having performed over 75,000 procedures, Dr. Kraff’s level of expertise is unmatched. Dr. Kraff continues to work with the FDA on the advancement of LASER surgery. Dr. Kraff has published research material and has lectured all over the world.
There are many factors that must be looked at when determining if surgery is a safe option for you. After performing several sets of screening measurements, Dr. Kraff will review all data and discuss with you if surgery is a safe option.
Patients will be encouraged to go home and sleep immediately after surgery. There can be some irritation for the first couple of hours, but oral pain medication will be administered to help minimize discomfort. With LASIK surgery, most patients can resume their normal day-to-day activities within 24 hours. There are some restrictions which will be gone over with you beforehand.
LASER eye surgery is a safe and common procedure performed all over the world. With that said, all surgical procedures do come with some level of risk. When here for your initial consultation, Dr. Kraff will review all your measurements and discuss if surgery is a safe option for you.
For a blade-less iDesign CustomVue LASIK procedure the average cost ranges between $2200 to $3200 per eye.