Laser Eye Surgery Center

Exceptional LASIK Eye Surgery in Chicago – Serving the Edgewater Community

Situated conveniently downtown at 25 E Washington St, our facility is easily accessible to residents of the Edgewater community who are looking for expertise in vision correction.

Led by Dr. Colman Kraff, MD, a pioneer in the field of laser eye surgery, with over 35 years of experience, we offer a continued legacy of transformative vision care. Choosing Kraff Eye Institute means opting for a center that has successfully performed over 70,000 laser surgeries since 1991.

For residents of Edgewater, our institute represents an opportunity to access top-tier eye care employing the latest advancements in LASIK and PRK technology—making the short drive into downtown Chicago worthwhile.

Whether you’re seeking to enhance your daily life through improved vision or need expert care in advanced laser correction, Kraff Eye Institute is the top choice for patients from all over Chicago, including those in the Edgewater neighborhood.

Consultation Appointment

To schedule a consultation, please call (312) 757-7335. To inquire about other services, please fill out our Vision Correction Consultation form.

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Our Specialties

At Kraff Eye Institute, we specialize in a range of advanced vision correction procedures to suit your individual needs. Our LASIK eye surgery is renowned throughout Chicago for its precision and effectiveness. In addition to LASIK, we offer:

  • PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy): Ideal for patients with certain corneal conditions, providing an alternative to LASIK with equally successful outcomes.
  • Advanced Surface Ablation: A suite of procedures tailored to optimize corneal surface prior to laser treatment.
  • Cataract Surgery: Utilizing cutting-edge technology to remove cataracts with unmatched precision.
  • Custom Wavefront Optimized Refractive Surgery: This technology allows for customized vision correction, taking into account the unique imperfections of each patient’s eye.

Here at Kraff Eye Institute, we set ourselves apart with a combination of clinical excellence, innovative technology, and a deep commitment to patient care.  

Here are just a few ways we stand out in the Chicago area:

Pioneering Expertise: As the first in Chicago to introduce the VISX Excimer Laser procedure, our clinic remains at the forefront of LASIK technology.

Extensive Experience: With over 70,000 successful procedures, our positive results speak to our reliability and expertise.

FDA Clinical Trial Participation: Our involvement in clinical trials for new technologies ensures we always offer the latest advancements in eye care.

Accessibility and Convenience: Located centrally in downtown Chicago, we are easily accessible from Edgewater and other neighborhoods, making it convenient for patients to travel for their appointments. Our location near major transport links ensures that whether you are driving or using public transit, you can reach our office easily.

A Virtual Tour for Edgewater, Chicago, IL Residents 

Nestled in the heart of downtown Chicago, Kraff Eye Institute is located at 25 E Washington St, Suite 606, a prime spot for both accessibility and vibrant city life. 

As you approach our office, you're greeted by Millennium Park nearby, a perfect place to take a stroll before or after your appointment.

Just a stone's throw away, you’ll find several coffee shops where you can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee, such as Starbucks and an office favorite, Intelligentsia Coffee. For dining, options range from quick bites at Potbelly Sandwich Shop to fine dining experiences at The Gage, offering a mix of upscale American fare.

Getting to Kraff Eye Institute is a breeze, no matter where you’re coming from. We are centrally located near major public transit lines, including the Washington/Wabash L station, which services multiple lines of the Chicago L system, making it exceptionally easy to reach us by train. For those driving, there's a convenient parking garage one block from our office.

Beyond Millennium Park, other notable landmarks include the Art Institute of Chicago, a short walk away, offering an artistic retreat with world-renowned collections. The Chicago Theater, another landmark, is just up the street and is a splendid location to catch a show after your appointment. Whether you're arriving from Edgewater or anywhere else, everything you need is right at our doorstep.

Driving Directions from Edgewater to Kraff Eye Institute:

Edgewater residents get to enjoy an almost direct route to Kraff Eye Institute. The scenic route is typically anywhere from 18 to 25 minutes depending on traffic, taking you straight down Rt. 41 along the lake shore, passing North Avenue beach shortly before your exit into downtown Chicago.

  • Starting on W Bryn Mawr Ave just by Edgewater Beach
  • Take W Bryn Mawr Ave to US-41 S/N DuSable Lake Shore Dr (approx. 3 min, 1.0 mi).
  • Follow US-41 S/N DuSable Lake Shore Dr south. Take the exit toward Randolph St (approx. 9 min, 6.7 mi).
  • Continue on E Randolph St. Drive to E Washington St (approx. 5 min, 0.8 mi).
  • Kraff Eye Institute will be on your right, across from Millennium Park.
  • Tip: Traffic can be heavier during weekday mornings and late afternoons. Consider traveling outside these peak hours for a smoother journey. As you approach downtown, landmarks like the Navy Pier and the Chicago River can be useful for orienting yourself.

Commuter Options from Edgewater to Kraff Eye Institute:

CTA Train

Take the Red Line from the Bryn Mawr, Berwyn, or Thorndale stations in Edgewater. Transfer at Lake Station to any Loop-bound train (Brown, Orange, Pink, Green Line), get off at Washington/Wabash and walk a short distance to the institute.


Board the #147 Outer Drive Express bus heading southbound, which runs along N Sheridan Road through Edgewater. This bus goes directly into downtown, allowing you to disembark at Randolph St and Michigan Ave, a short walk to the institute.


Utilize Chicago’s extensive bike lanes. The Lakefront Trail is a scenic and efficient route from Edgewater. Bike south to E Monroe St, then west to Michigan Ave and north to E Washington St.

Rideshare or Taxi

An easy option if public transit does not suit your schedule or needs. Mention to the driver that you are heading to the Washington St entrance, just across from Millennium Park, for the most direct access.

These options provide a range of choices depending on your preferences for speed, cost, and convenience, ensuring you can reach Kraff Eye Institute with ease from Edgewater.

Downtown Stays and Restaurants:

For patients traveling from Edgewater or other parts of Chicago for LASIK surgery at Kraff Eye Institute, considering an overnight stay in downtown Chicago can be a practical choice to avoid traffic stress, especially given the need for rest immediately following your procedure and a follow-up visit the next day.



Ready to experience life with clearer vision?

Contact Kraff Eye Institute today to schedule your LASIK consultation and discover the path to better vision. Our team is ready to guide you through every step of the process and answer any questions you may have.


Does Illinois Medicaid Cover LASIK?

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Illinois Medicaid generally does not cover LASIK surgery as it is considered an elective procedure and not medically necessary. However, at Kraff Eye Institute, we understand that the cost of LASIK can be a concern. We offer various financing options to help manage the expenses. Our staff is also available to discuss alternative payment solutions to ensure you can access the eye care you need.

What is the Recovery Time for LASIK?

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Recovery time for LASIK is relatively short. Most patients at Kraff Eye Institute experience significant improvements in their vision within 24 hours after the procedure. However, it is recommended to rest for at least a day following surgery.  

We advise avoiding strenuous activities and environments that could strain the eyes, like dusty or smoky areas, for at least a week. A follow-up appointment is scheduled the day after surgery to ensure your eyes are healing properly.

How Much Does LASIK Cost in Chicago?

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At Kraff Eye Institute, we strive to provide transparent pricing tailored to your specific needs. Generally, LASIK prices in Chicago range from $2,000 to $3,000 per eye. (1) We recommend scheduling a consultation to receive a personalized quote and learn about our financing options that make LASIK more accessible.

Find us from Chicago Neighborhoods

Located in the heart of Chicago, IL, the Kraff Eye Institute is ideally situated to serve residents across the Chicagoland area. Our Chicago Neighborhoods institute is accessible from the following locations:

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