PRK Procedure

The Day of Your PRK Surgery

On the day of surgery plan on arriving 30-45 minutes prior to the procedure. Administrative details will be completed including consent forms, payment collection. If you have any last-minute questions we will be happy to answer them at this time. Additional testing may be done if needed.

Once all testing is complete you will be offered a mild sedative to help you relax. It also helps you to sleep following the procedure once you are home. Topical anesthetic drops, better known as “numbing” drops, will be administered to create a painless procedure. During the procedure, Dr. Kraff will speak to you so you know what to expect and feel. When surgery is complete, a clear soft bandage contact lens will be placed on the cornea to aid in healing and comfort. This lens will stay in place, 24 hours a day, for 3 to 4 days as the eyes heal.

After the PRK procedure, post-operative instructions will be explained in detail. Dr. Kraff will examine your eyes and answer any additional questions you might have. We encourage someone to accompany you. It makes getting home a little easier after surgery. We do not want you to attempt driving for several days post-operatively.

Rest is important once you are home. Sleeping is important for the first several hours. Limiting the use of your eyes is also important for the first 24-48 hours. You may experience some discomfort for the first 72 hours. Over that time, activities will need to be restricted. Prescription pain medications can be taken to help minimize discomfort.

The day after PRK surgery, we will need to see you back in our office for a postoperative examination. Plan on being in the office for 30 minutes. Dr. Kraff will evaluate your progress and answer any questions. Based on how you’re healing, Dr. Kraff will advise you when to return to have the soft bandage lens removed.

Schedule Appointment

To schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you would qualify for LASIK, PRK, or a KAMRA Inlay please call (312) 300-5731, or use the button below. Please note, consultations are only complimentary for patients who haven’t had a LASER procedure done before on their eyes. All other appointments are billed to your major medical insurance.

Please check with your insurance provider to see if our doctors are in your network.

Out of great caution and concern over the coronavirus, we have decided to close Kraff Eye Institute end of business March 17th. We will evaluate weekly to determine if we should continue with our closure. As of March 30th, we anticipate being closed until April 10th. We will adjust this message accordingly should that date change. We care too much about the health of our patients and staff to increase any of the “community spread” of COVID-19. The decision was made after many discussions with peers, local and national medical communities, as well as heeding the advice of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about the severity of the issue.

Our phones will be operational for communication with you our patients. Please continue to call Kraff Eye Institute 312-444-1111. You can contact the office via the patient portal or standard email at info@kraffeye.com. Our office hours will be Monday through Friday 9:00am-4:00pm.

We are available to reschedule current appointments and setting up future visits.
The staff will triage questions and prescription refill requests. Please contact the office directly for this.
Contact lens orders will be placed if requested for direct ship to your home. If you are due for your exam, we can extend your prescription until COVID-19 passes. If you need to pick up contacts from our office, please call to arrange at 312-444-1111.

Please also note if we have not yet connected with you to reschedule your appointment for the next two weeks our staff will do so in the next few days. We apologize for any delay as there are many patients to contact currently.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Kraff Eye Institute looks forward to resuming business as usual as soon as possible.

Stay healthy!

The Kraff Eye Institute