At the Kraff Eye Institute, we offer LASIK treatments designed for Chicago patients who have hyperopia, or farsightedness. Ideally, light bends through the cornea, and the lens, to focus on the retina. Those with farsightedness have a shorter eye, or a flatter cornea, resulting in blurry vision. Dr. Kraff and his skilled team utilize the most advanced LASIK technology ensuring the best outcomes.
Farsightedness, also known as Hyperopia, is a refractive error which causes patients to rely on glasses or contact lenses. With farsightedness, the light that enters the eye is focusing behind the retina. For optimal vision, the light needs to focus on the retina; not in front of or behind, but on. Farsightedness is different from Presbyopia which is the normal aging process of the eye. Patients can develop latent hyperopia which develops later on in life.
Patients who have hyperopia may experience blurred vision when trying to focus on near tasks; such as reading, using a computer, or looking at one’s phone. Squinting to focus on these tasks can sometimes cause eye strain, headaches, or fatigue.
With patients who are farsighted the light that passes through the eye isn’t focusing correctly on the retina. In fact, the light is focusing behind the retina. To correct for this, a LASER will remove a microscopic amount of tissue from the cornea to make the cornea steeper. By making the cornea steeper it draws the focal point from behind the retina so that it can focus correctly on the retina. LASIK does not correct for presbyopia which is the normal aging process of the eye.
The best way to determine if someone is a candidate for LASIK surgery is to have them come in for a no-cost, no-obligation, consultation. During the consult, a Refractive Consultant will do a series of measurements to help see whether LASER eye surgery is an effective, and safe, treatment option for you. LASIK surgery does correct for farsightedness, but not for presbyopia. Presbyopia is the normal aging process of the eye.
The first step is to come in for a no-cost, no-obligation, consultation. After meeting with a Refractive Consultant and the surgeon, you will know whether surgery is a safe option for you.
Following the consultation, a patient will need to stay out of their contact lenses for 1 to 2 weeks, sometimes longer, before we do the final measurements. This pre-operative appointment can be done up until the day prior to surgery.
Surgeries are usually performed on Thursdays and Fridays. Post-surgery you will be seen for a handful of visits to confirm stability and to ensure that you are healing according to plan.
LASIK surgery can treat both nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The goal of surgery is to reshape the cornea to allow the light to focus correctly on the retina. This is achieved by having a laser remove a microscopic amount of tissue from very specific areas of the cornea.
It is normal to have some mild discomfort for the first couple of hours following surgery. Patients are encouraged to go home and sleep as much as possible immediately following their treatment. Patients can resume most of their normal activities within 24 hours following their LASIK procedure. Patients will find that they have a highly functioning vision by the next day, and as their eyes continue to heal, they will notice that their vision will continue to become more crisp and sharp.
Here at the Kraff Eye Institute, safety is Dr. Kraff’s number one concern. All surgical procedures come with some level of risk and Dr. Kraff will go over those with you when you are here for your initial consultation
For a blade-less iDesign CustomVue LASIK procedure the average cost ranges between $2200 to $3200 per eye.
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