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PRK Eye Surgery for Myopia (Nearsightedness) in Chicago, IL

Dr. Colman Kraff has been a pioneer of Refractive Eye surgery since its inception. Here at the Kraff Eye Institute, we use the most advanced technology to give patients the best outcomes. This technology allows us to treat patients who have high myopia. If you are thinking of having photorefractive keratectomy, also known as PRK, look no further! Give our practice a call today, at 312-444-1111, to set up a no-cost, no obligation, consultation.

How we can help with a near-sightedness vision condition

Photorefractive Keratectomy, also known as PRK, is a safe and effective treatment which uses a laser to remove a microscopic amount of tissue from the cornea. By removing tissue from the cornea, it allows the light that passes through the eye to focus properly on the retina. The software and technology used here at our practice allow us to treat patients who have high levels of myopia. Dr. Kraff has performed over 70,000 LASER treatments making him one of the most skilled surgeons in the world.

Step 1 - Consultation

The first step in finding out if surgery is a safe treatment option for you is to come in for a no-cost, no obligation, consultation. During this exam, you will meet with a Refractive Counselor who will perform a series of measurements. These measurements will include taking photos of your corneas (corneal topographies), measuring the thickness of your corneas, looking at your refractive error, and checking your vision in your glasses and/or contact lenses. The counselor will then discuss the different surgery options for you. You will then meet with Dr. Kraff who will look over the measurements and let you know if surgery is an option. If you decide to move forward with treatment, the Refractive Counselor can then help you look at dates and times for surgery.

Step 2 - Pre-op

If surgery is determined to be a safe option for you, you will need to have a dilated pre-op exam prior to the day of your treatment. If you wear contact lenses, you will need to be out of your lenses anywhere from1 to 4 weeks (sometimes longer) leading up to the final measurements and surgery. Once out of the lenses, a pre-op exam will be done to get all the specific, detailed, measurements of your corneas. The measurements performed at your initial consultation are meant only to be a screening evaluation to see if you fall within treatable parameters for surgery. We will also dilate your eyes at the pre-op exam so that Dr. Kraff can get a better look at the internal health of the eyes. Once completed, Dr. Kraff will confirm if surgery is a safe option for you and will answer any questions you have. You will then meet with one of our surgical coordinators who will go over everything you’ll need to know for the day of surgery.

Step 3 - Surgery

On the day of surgery, you should plan on being in the office for about 2 hours and you’ll need a way of getting home without driving yourself. After checking in and going over paperwork and collecting payment, you will be given an oral sedative to help you relax. During the treatment, you will be given several sets of topical numbing drops to ensure a pain-free surgery.

A small instrument will first be used to help gently keep your eyelids open during surgery. Dr. Kraff will use an instrument that will quickly and gently brush off the surface layer of the cornea known as the epithelium. Once removed, a LASER will remove a microscopic amount of tissue from the cornea. This takes only a matter of seconds, and you will not feel any pain or discomfort as the LASER is treating.

Upon completion, a soft, bandage contact lens, will be placed on the eye to help expedite the healing process. We will then treat the 2nd eye in the exact way that the 1st eye was treated.

After surgery, you will then be taken into a recovery room where Dr. Kraff will take 1 final look. We will also go over all your immediate post-op care instructions and you’ll be encouraged to go home and try and sleep as much as possible. A patient should plan on laying low for 2 to 3 days to allow for healing. Once healed, Dr. Kraff will remove the soft bandage contact lens and you should be able to return to most of your normal activities.

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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.

Dr. Colman R. Kraff

About Your Doctor

Top-Rated Ophthalmologist for Myopic PRK Surgery

Dr. Colman Kraff has spent the last 30 years helping patients see the best that the world has to offer. Having developed a passion for ophthalmology while watching his father perform a corneal transplant as a child, you will not meet a more qualified and more experienced surgeon than Dr. Colman Kraff.


How much is PRK for nearsightedness?

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The average cost of a Custom PRK procedure ranges between $1800 to $2800.

Am I a candidate for PRK?

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The best way to determine if surgery is a safe option for a patient is to come in for a no-cost, no obligation, consultation. To schedule a consult, please give our office a call at 312-444-1111 or use our online scheduling option to book your appointment!

What is the recovery time after the procedure?

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Patients should plan on laying low for the first 2 to 3 days immediately following their procedure. During that time you’ll be wearing a soft bandage contact lens which helps to expedite the healing process. Once healed, Dr. Kraff will remove the bandage lens and the patient can go back to most of their normal day-to-day activities by that 3rd day.

Schedule Consultation

You can simply CALL US or make an appointment using the online forms at the links below

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