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Custom Wavefront Guided LASIK Surgery in Chicago

The Kraff Eye Institute has been at the forefront of LASER eye surgery since its inception. Our practice utilizes the most advanced technology to give our patients the most-personalized vision correction treatments. Dr. Colman Kraff was one of the first doctors in the country to perform wavefront guided LASIK, and has played a key role in the advancement of custom LASIK technology over the past 3 decades. With over 30 years of experience, you will not find a more qualified surgeon than Dr. Kraff.

What Is Custom Wavefront LASIK Eye Surgery?

Wavefront-guided LASIK surgery, or custom LASIK, utilizes software that visually maps the cornea. These measurements allow Dr. Kraff to customize each laser vision correction procedure based on the patient’s unique structural characteristics.

This personalized treatment corrects not only nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism but also higher-order aberrations, which are visual distortions that can affect the quality of vision.

Advanced wavefront LASIK surgery is a safe and effective way to improve vision with minimal risk or complications. At the Kraff Eye Institute, we utilize the iDesign 2.0 technology. During the procedure, a computer-guided laser reshapes the cornea to correct these imperfections.

VISX CustomVue WaveScan technology provides the most advanced, highest definition measurements, which can help significantly reduce night-time glares and halos, the possible need for retreatment, and increase the likelihood of seeing 20/20 or better!

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Benefits of Wavefront Guided LASIK Surgery

​​With WaveFront LASIK, hundreds of reference points on the eye's front surface are collected, analyzed, and used to create a detailed map of your higher-order aberrations.

This process enables a more precise LASIK procedure, improving results.

Customized LASIK surgery offers many benefits to patients. Not only does it provide an effective and quick solution to correct refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, but it also affords additional advantages such as:

  • Precise correction of refractive errors.
  • Less higher-order aberrations after surgery.
  • Lower rates of side effects such as dry eye, itching, and night vision problems such as halos and glare.
  • Improved contrast sensitivity resulting in more precise and sharper eyesight.
  • Higher rates of 20/20 vision.
  • Decreased likelihood of revision surgery due to under- or over-correction.
  • A safe computer-guided procedure that reduces human error.

People with moderate or severe myopia may have reduced night vision or sensitivity to bright lights in darkness after a traditional LASIK procedure, and this side effect can take months to heal or  can even become permanent.

One of the most significant advantages of wavefront LASIK is that these aberrations are corrected along with the corneal shape, reducing the risk of halos or glares around bright lights and improving vision in low light.

Who Is a Candidate for Custom Wavefront LASIK?

While custom LASIK laser treatments are extremely safe, patients still need to meet specific criteria:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • Your prescription must be within LASIK parameters.
  • You have lower-order aberrations, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
  • You have mild high-order aberrations (severe aberrations may require additional treatments such as PRK or implants).
  • Your cornea must be of the appropriate thickness to withstand thinning.
  • You should be in good overall health - for instance, those with autoimmune diseases and glaucoma are usually unsuitable candidates.
  • It's essential to have realistic expectations. While LASIK does improve vision in most cases, it doesn't guarantee perfect vision or the absolute removal of all vision problems.
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What Can I Expect During My Wavefront LASIK Procedure?

Before surgery, a patient will need to have a dilated preoperative examination. This exam will take place after a patient has been out of their contact lenses for 1 to 4 weeks (depending on the type of contact lenses they wear).

Not wearing contact lenses allows the cornea to return to its most natural shape and helps us gather the most precise, accurate measurements. Also, manual measurements will be compared to computerized measurements to ensure that everything is consistent and stable.

Most people notice improved vision within 24 hours of surgery; however, some Wavefront LASIK side effects include hazy or blurry vision for the first day or two. Common side effects such as dry eyes, light sensitivity, and glare may last several weeks.

In terms of Wavefront LASIK recovery time, Immediately after the procedure, you'll use prescription eye drops in addition to, artificial tears for lubrication, and wear sunglasses or other protective eyewear outside in bright light.

Following the doctor's instructions for post-operative care and regular follow-up visits is also essential. Most people return to work within a day or two. Still, strenuous activities such as swimming, working out, or playing contact sports should be avoided for at least a week.

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Wavefront LASIK Results Compared to Older LASIK Results

Compared to conventional LASIK, advanced custom LASIK procedures have improved patient outcomes. Its newer technology uses advanced eye mapping allowing for a customized treatment plan that's much more precise.

As a result, Wavefront guided LASIK procedure can treat more complex cases with higher levels of astigmatism and nearsightedness, which were difficult to treat with older LASIK technologies.

Custom Wavefront LASIK also provides better night vision, with fewer halos and glare. Recovery time is typically much faster, with many patients achieving 20/20 vision within days of the procedure.

In summary: Modern LASIK patients experience improved vision because their corneal contour is addressed, even for the smallest irregularities.

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How Much Does Wavefront LASIK Cost?

The cost of custom Wavefront LASIK surgery at the Kraff Eye Institute is typically between $2200 and $3200 per eye, which is in line with the average custom LASIK eye surgery cost  in the United States.

This fee includes all preoperative measurements, the procedure itself, post-operative visits for the first year, and retreatment (if necessary) for two years from the date of the original surgery.

We have partnered with CareCredit to provide a convenient payment plan for our patients, allowing them to pay for their procedures in easy monthly installments.

Why Choose Us for Wavefront LASIK Eye Surgery in Chicago, IL?

We understand you have many options when selecting your LASIK surgeon but our custom LASIK center offers patients cutting-edge care, along with the most advanced technology.

At the Kraff Eye Institute, we have provided LASER eye surgeries for over 30 years. Our surgeons and staff are highly qualified and knowledgeable, and we prioritize safety and care above all else.  Our team is continuously educated on the most recent developments and techniques in refractive surgery.

We are committed to providing exceptional eye care tailored to each individual patient's needs, and are here to help you with laser eye surgery, cataract surgery, dry eye relief, and any other procedure you may require. Your satisfaction is our top priority.

If you choose to have your vision corrected with us, you can trust that you are in the best hands.

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Dr. Colman R. Kraff

About Your Doctor

For over 30 years, Dr. Colman Kraff, a corneal specialist, has been performing LASER eye surgery. In 1991, Dr. Kraff participated in the initial FDA clinical studies, ultimately leading to the approval of PRK and LASIK.

In addition, Dr. Kraff has been collaborating with the FDA to further the progress of LASIK surgery and make it available to those who no longer want to rely on glasses and contact lenses. He actively lectures and teaches doctors worldwide, he is one of three primary physician excimer laser trainers in the United States.

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FAQs about Custom LASIK Surgery

Do you have alternatives to Wavefront LASIK?

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Yes, we do. If you’re unsuitable for LASIK surgery, Dr. Kraff will provide you with a variety of options to lessen your dependence on glasses and contact lenses. These include Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK), Intraocular Lens (IOL), Phakic Intraocular Lenses (PIOL), and Conductive Keratoplasty (CK). During the initial consultation, he will review all the available procedures and suggest the safest approach for you.

Is custom LASIK worth the extra money?

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Custom LASIK is worth the extra money because it offers more accurate and precise vision correction than traditional LASIK. Custom LASIK utilizes Wavefront technology to measure the unique shape of your cornea and create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique visual needs.

What is the difference between standard and custom LASIK?

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Custom LASIK is a more advanced form of LASIK that uses wavefront technology to measure and treat each individual's eye's unique shape and imperfections. This technology allows for more precise treatment and can result in even better visual outcomes than standard LASIK.

What is the difference between femto LASIK vs. wavefront LASIK?

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Femto LASIK uses a femtosecond laser to create a thinner, more precise corneal flap for reshaping. Wavefront LASIK utilizes an advanced laser imaging system to create a custom treatment plan that reduces the chances of optical aberrations. Both are considered more accurate than traditional LASIK.

What is the difference between wavefront-optimized vs. wavefront-guided LASIK?

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Wavefront Optimized LASIK uses a computer-generated map of the eye to tailor the treatment to the individual's refractive error, reducing potential night vision disruptions and halos/glare. wavefront-guided LASIK further customizes the treatment with an individual's corneal topography, providing even more precise vision correction and fewer night vision disturbances.