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LASIK eye surgery for myopia in Chicago, IL

LASIK, also known as laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is a laser procedure which helps patients lessen their dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Myopia is a common refractive error where patients can see things up close, but struggle to make out words or objects further away. For many patients, LASIK is a great option to treat their myopia.

What is myopia

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness or shortsightedness, is a common refractive error which causes patients to have blurred vision. Patients who are myopic can normally see things up close, but struggle to make out words or objects further away. For many patients, LASIK provides them with the freedom of not having to wear glasses or contact lenses.

How Kraff Eye Institute can help

Dr. Colman Kraff has been committed to providing safe and effective treatments to his patients over the past 3 decades. Here at the Kraff Eye Institute, we utilize the most advanced technology to deliver the best results!

The first step is for a patient to come in for a no-cost, no-obligation, consultation. At this appointment, a Refractive Consultant will conduct a series of preliminary measurements to help Dr. Kraff determine if surgery is a safe option for you. The consultant will also go over with you the different types of LASER procedures that our practice offers. You will then meet with Dr. Kraff who will review the measurements and let you know if surgery is a safe option. He will also answer any questions you may have.

If you decide to move forward with surgery you will need to be out of your contact lenses for a short period of time leading up to your dilated pre-operative exam and surgery. The measurements obtained at your initial consultation are meant only to be a screening evaluation to see if you fall within treatable perimeters for surgery. At your pre-op, we will gather all the precise measurements that will be used on the day of your surgery. Dr. Kraff will review these measurements in addition to looking at the internal health of your eye. He will then confirm if surgery is still a safe option for you and will be glad to answer any additional questions you may have.

On the day of surgery, you should plan on being in the office for about 2 hours. Prior to surgery, you will be given an oral sedative to help relax you during the procedure. During surgery, you will be given several sets of topical numbing drops to ensure a pain-free experience! You will also need a way of getting home without driving yourself or taking public transportation alone.

The first step of a LASIK procedure is where Dr. Kraff uses a laser to create a thin flap on the surface of your cornea. Once created, Dr. Kraff will then lift the flap and use another laser to remove a microscopic amount of tissue from the cornea. The removal of tissue, which only takes a matter of seconds, will now allow the light that passes through your eye to focus correctly on the retina; thereby correcting your vision. Once removed, Dr. Kraff will then realign the flap back over the surface of the cornea. The flap, over the next several days, will naturally readhere to the cornea and work as a bandage to help expedite the healing process. With LASIK, most patients have a highly functioning vision and can resume most of their normal activities within 24 hours.

Am I a candidate for LASIK for nearsightedness?

There are many factors that are looked at when determining if someone is a good candidate for LASIK surgery. The best way to determine whether or not LASIK is a safe option for you is to have you come in for a no-cost, no-obligation, consultation. During the consultation, we will perform several measurements, including measuring the thickness of the cornea, photographing the shapes of the cornea, and checking your level of correction. If those factors all fall within treatable perimeters, then LASIK may be a safe option for you!

Recovery time after the procedure

One of the benefits of having LASIK surgery is the quick recovery process! It is strongly encouraged that immediately following surgery you go home and try to sleep as much as possible. It is normal for there to be some irritation for the first couple of hours after your procedure. You will be given oral pain medication to help minimize that discomfort. Most patients have a highly functioning vision within 24 hours and can resume most of their normal activities. There are some post-surgery restrictions which will be gone over with you on the day of surgery.

LASIK surgery for nearsightedness FAQ

Can LASIK correct nearsightedness and farsightedness at the same time?

LASIK can treat patients who are nearsighted and farsighted, however, it cannot correct for patients who are presbyopic. Presbyopia is the normal aging process of the eye which causes patients to need reading glasses as they get older.

How much does myopia LASIK surgery cost?

For a blade-less iDesign CustomVue LASIK procedure the average cost ranges between $2200 to $3200 per eye.

Can I get Lasik with high myopia?

Please, use the keyword: severe myopia when answering the question.

Here at the Kraff Eye Institute, we utilize the iDesign 2.0 software. This software allows us to treat patients with high levels of myopia. There are some patients who have severe myopia that can disqualify them from having LASIK. The best way to determine if your level of myopia is within the treatable range is to come in for a no-cost, no-obligation, consultation.

Can myopia return after the LASIK procedure?

LASIK eye surgery does not stop the normal changes with a patient’s vision. What we are doing is measuring your prescription at the time of surgery and removing a microscopic amount of tissue so that the light can focus correctly on the retina. In rare occurrences, a patient's vision may fluctuate over time following their LASIK procedure. In many of these instances, the fluctuation is so minimal that it does not affect a patient from performing their normal day-to-day activities. For those patients who find that the fluctuation is bothersome, retreatment can sometimes be performed.

Consultation Appointment

To schedule a complimentary LASIK consultation, please click Schedule LASIK Consultation or call (312) 444-1111. To inquire about other services, please fill out our Vision Correction Consultation form.

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