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Custom PRK surgery in Chicago, IL

Photorefractive Keratectomy, PRK, is a laser procedure which helps lessen a patient’s dependency on glasses and contact lenses. During this procedure, Dr. Kraff will gently brush off the top layer of the cornea known as the epithelium. Once brushed off, a LASER will remove a microscopic amount of tissue from the cornea. The removal of tissue and the reshaping of the cornea will help to correct a patient’s refractive error.

What can be treated by custom PRK

Here at our practice, we utilize the iDesign 2.0 custom technology. This software allows us to treat patients who have high levels of myopia and/or hyperopia. This technology also allows us to treat patients with high levels of astigmatism. A patient can have both astigmatism along with myopia or hyperopia.

Custom PRK types

PRK is a safe and effective treatment that helps patients lessen their dependence on glasses and contact lenses. PRK can be performed using either Wavefront-Guided or Topography Guided technology. At our practice we utilize the iDesign 2.0 Wavefront-Guided software which delivers the most precise and accurate results.

Wavefront prk technology at The Kraff Eye Institute

Patients choosing to move forward with PRK surgery at our practice can rest assured that Dr. Kraff is using over 30 years of experience, combined with state-of-the-art technology, to give them their best visual outcomes. 

Advanced Custom Wavefront PRK surgery uses the most innovative way of mapping and screening the cornea, iDesign 2.0 CustomVue software. This software allows Dr. Kraff to customize treatments based on each patient’s specific and unique visual needs. The treatments are tailored for each individual patient, increasing the success rate and decreasing the likelihood of needing an enhancement procedure.

Difference between Custom Bladeless PRK and Custom LASIK

The goal of LASER eye surgery is to help patients rely less on glasses or contact lenses. This can be achieved with either Advanced Custom Wavefront PRK or Custom LASIK. Both procedures result in the same visual outcomes. Dr. Kraff will select the procedure he feels is safest for a patient based on their specific structural characteristics. 

PRK surgery is a safe and effective procedure which uses a LASER to remove a microscopic amount of tissue from the cornea. Although bladeless PRK gives patients the same results as LASIK, patients should plan on a longer recovery time (2-3 days of not working) with PRK. Once healed, a patient can enjoy the exact same vision they would have if they had gotten LASIK surgery.

Advantages Of Bladeless PRK

There are many advantages of Custom Bladeless All-Laser PRK. Listed below are just a few.

  • High success rate 
  • No flap is created
  • Leaves cornea structurally intact 
  • All-Laser surgery allows your physician to factor in corneal issues such as old scars or history of corneal erosions
  • Good option for patients who have thinner corneas 
  • Good option for someone who is actively participating in aggressive contact sports

Dr. Kraff will look at numerous factors when determining which procedure is safest for a patient.

How custom PRK surgery is performed

The first step of a PRK procedure is where Dr. Kraff uses an instrument which will gently brush off the surface cells of the cornea known as your epithelium. Once those cells have been brushed off, Dr. Kraff will use a LASER which will remove a microscopic amount of tissue from your cornea. The LASER portion is a matter of seconds and the patient will not experience any pain or discomfort during the treatment.

Prior to surgery, a patient will have measurements done utilizing customizing software known as iDesigh 2.0. These measurements will create a detailed mapping of the cornea and help to approximate the amount of tissue that needs to be removed to optimize a patient’s vision.

Following the LASER treatment, Dr. Kraff will put a soft, bandage, contact lens on the patient’s eye. The patient will wear this lens for the first couple of days as their epithelium regenerates. Patients will be given pain medication to help minimize discomfort for the first couple of days while they're wearing the contact lens. Once the epithelium has been removed, patients can resume most of their normal activities. Please note this is not your final vision, but a highly functioning vision.

Am I a candidate for Custom PRK vision correction?

Here at the Kraff Eye Institute, safety is our number one priority. Not all patients qualify for LASER eye surgery and it’s important during the initial screening process to let patients know if surgery isn’t the right option for them. The best way to determine if surgery is a safe procedure for you is to come in for a no-cost, no-obligation, consultation. During your consult, our Refractive Consultant will do a series of measurements and go over with you the types of LASER procedures that are available. You will then meet with Dr. Colman Kraff who will review the measurements and discuss whether surgery is a safe option for you. Dr. Kraff and the surgical team will answer any questions you may have so that you can move forward knowing surgery is the right option for you.

If you decide to move forward with surgery, you will need to first be out of your contact lenses for a period of time leading up to a dilated pre-operative exam. At this exam, we will do all the specific, detailed, measurements that will be used on the day of your surgery. Dr. Kraff will also look at the internal mechanics of the eye to once again confirm that surgery is a safe option. Your dilated pre-op exam can be done up until the day before your surgery.

Reviews For PRK Services At Kraff Eye, Chicago


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Financial Options

Kraff Eye Institute has researched the best credit options and is proud to announce a partnership with CareCredit, America’s top patient payment program. CareCredit allows you to start your vision care procedures at once – then pay for it at your convenience with low monthly payments that are easy to fit in your monthly budget.

Please call our office at (312) 444-1111 for more details.

About Your Doctor

Specializing In Refractive Eye Surgeries For Over 25 Years

Dr. Colman Kraff has been at the forefront of LASER eye surgery since the beginning. Having personally performed over 70,000 LASER procedures, he is one of the most reputable and skilled surgeons anywhere.

Dr. Kraff works closely with industry manufactures as a principle investigator and consultant. As a result, he actively participates in the most recent FDA trials to ensure the best and most precise technology is available to patients.

Dr. Kraff was born and raised in Chicago. He enjoys running and photography, as well as, spending time with his wife, children, and granddaughter.


What the difference between custom PRK vs standard PRK?

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Custom PRK utilizes wavefront-guided software which creates a high-definition map of the cornea. This mapping allows Dr. Kraff to better customize the treatment plan for each individual eye. Standard PRK, also known as Conventional PRK, doesn’t use this software to map out the treatment plan.

What is the recovery time after custom Photo-Refractive Keratectomy surgery?

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In a PRK procedure, Dr. Kraff is gently brushing off the top layer of the cornea known as the epithelium. Following that, a LASER will remove a microscopic amount of tissue from the cornea. The removal of tissue is what corrects your vision. Typically a patient will then wear a soft bandage contact lens for 2 to 3 days as the epithelium regenerates and heals. During this time a patient will need to limit most of their normal activities, such as; work, reading, driving, exercise, etc. It is normal to have some discomfort during those first couple of days as the eye heals. Once the epithelium is healed, Dr. Kraff will remove the bandage lens and from there patients will be able to resume their normal activities. Please note, you will not have your final vision, but a highly functioning vision.

How long does the custom PRK procedure take?

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A custom PRK procedure typically takes around 8 to 10 minutes total for both eyes. The LASER portion to correct your vision is only a matter of seconds.

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