Laser Eye Surgery Center

Transform Your Vision: Expert LASIK Eye Surgery for Lincoln Square, Chicago Residents

Are you a Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL resident considering LASIK eye surgery?

At Kraff Eye Institute, located in the heart of downtown Chicago, we understand the importance of precision and trust in eye care. Dr. Colman Kraff, a pioneer in LASIK technology, leads our institute with over 35 years of experience in advanced laser surgery.

Our facility is renowned for groundbreaking achievements, including being the first in Chicagoland to perform the VISX Excimer Laser procedure. With a legacy of over 70,000 successful laser procedures and participation in vital FDA clinical trials, we are committed to providing Lincoln Square residents with access to the most sophisticated LASIK technology available.

Discover why many from your neighborhood choose to travel downtown for the highest standard of eye care at Kraff Eye Institute.

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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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Comprehensive Eye Treatments for Every Need

At Kraff Eye Institute, we specialize in transforming your vision with precision and care. Our primary service, LASIK eye surgery, utilizes cutting-edge VISX laser technology to correct your vision with remarkable accuracy and safety. In addition to LASIK, we offer a variety of other treatments to address a wide range of eye health needs:

  • PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy): An excellent alternative for patients whose corneal thickness may not be suitable for LASIK.
  • Cataract Surgery: Utilizing advanced phacoemulsification techniques and premium intraocular lenses to restore clarity and quality of vision.
  • Corneal Cross-Linking: A breakthrough treatment designed to halt the progression of keratoconus and other corneal ectatic disorders.
  • Comprehensive Eye Exams: Regular exams using the most sophisticated diagnostic equipment to monitor and maintain your ocular health.

Each treatment is tailored to meet the unique needs of our patients from Lincoln Square and beyond, ensuring personalized care that leads to optimal outcomes.  

Why Kraff Eye Institute Stands Out in Chicago

Kraff Eye Institute sets itself apart by offering unparalleled expertise and technology in the field of eye surgery. Here’s why countless individuals from Lincoln Square and across Chicago choose us for their vision care needs:

Our commitment to providing cutting-edge treatments within a patient-focused environment makes Kraff Eye Institute the clear choice for those seeking the best in eye care.

Your Visit to Kraff Eye Institute 

Kraff Eye Institute is surrounded by the vibrant pulse of the city’s cultural and commercial life. Located at 25 E Washington St, our institute is just steps away from Millennium Park, offering patients and their families a serene escape during their city visit. 

As you approach our office, you’ll be greeted by the iconic sight of the Chicago Cultural Center and the historic Marshall Field’s building, now housing Macy’s, which stands as a beacon of Chicago’s rich heritage.

Kraff Eye Institute is ideally positioned on East Washington Street, bordered by the lively State Street to the west and Michigan Avenue to the east. This area is a shopper’s paradise, featuring stores from global brands to local boutiques. For those interested in the arts, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Theatre are both within walking distance, offering enriching experiences just a stroll away from your appointment.

For out-of-town patients or those wanting a restful stay the night before a procedure, several hotels are conveniently located near the institute. The Palmer House Hilton offers luxurious accommodations with historic charm, while the Silversmith Hotel provides a boutique experience. Both are less than a ten-minute walk from our doors, ensuring comfort and convenience during your visit.

Reaching our office is hassle-free whether you’re traveling by car or public transit. Multiple CTA train lines stop near us, including the Blue, Red, and Brown lines at the Washington stations, making it easy for those traveling from Lincoln Square or other Chicago neighborhoods. For patients driving in, several parking garages are available within a block of the institute, such as the Grant Park South Garage and the Millennium Park Garage, offering secure and convenient parking options.

Must-See Local Landmarks

Make your visit a memorable one by exploring nearby landmarks. The Willis Tower Skydeck offers breathtaking views of Chicago from the 103rd floor, while the Chicago Riverwalk features dining and boat tours along the scenic Chicago River. These landmarks provide enjoyable diversions before or after your appointment, making your trip to Kraff Eye Institute about more than just eye care—it’s about experiencing the heart of Chicago.

Driving Directions from Lincoln Square, Chicago

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.

  • Start at the heart of Lincoln Square at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Lawrence Avenue, and Western Avenue.
  • Head east on Lawrence Avenue toward the lake, passing through the vibrant Uptown neighborhood, where you can see the historic Aragon Ballroom and Riviera Theatre.
  • Continue on Lawrence Avenue until it intersects with Lake Shore Drive.
  • Take Lake Shore Drive South; this route offers a scenic drive along the edge of Lake Michigan.
  • Exit at Randolph Street, heading west toward the Loop.
  • Turn left on Michigan Avenue, and then make another left onto East Washington Street.
  • Kraff Eye Institute is located on your right, between Michigan Avenue and Garland Court.

Note: Traffic can be heavier during weekday mornings and late afternoons, so consider leaving early or timing your visit to avoid rush hour. Street festivals in the summer can also affect traffic in Uptown and along Lake Shore Drive.

Commuter Options

CTA Brown Line:

Take the Brown Line train from Western Station in Lincoln Square. Transfer to the Red Line at Belmont Station going towards 95th/Dan Ryan. Exit at Lake Station and walk east towards Michigan Avenue, then south to East Washington Street.

CTA Bus Routes:

Several bus lines, including the #22 Clark and #36 Broadway, provide service from Lincoln Square to downtown. Transfer to east-west bus lines as needed, such as the #20 Madison or #151 Sheridan, to reach Washington Street.

Downtown Stays and Restaurants:

For those considering an overnight stay in downtown Chicago after your LASIK procedure, the area offers a variety of accommodations to ensure your comfort and convenience:


Post-surgery, if you’re looking for nearby dining options that offer delivery or are gentle on the eyes, consider some of these local favorites:

Ready to See the Difference? Book Your Consultation Today!

Take the first step towards clearer vision with Kraff Eye Institute. Schedule your consultation now to learn more about how LASIK can change the way you see the world. Our expert team, led by Dr. Colman Kraff, is ready to guide you through every step of the process and answer any questions you might have. Don't wait to experience life with new eyes!

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday: Closed  

Your vision is our priority. Contact us to book your consultation and start your journey to a clear vision.  


Will I still need glasses after LASIK?

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While LASIK surgery significantly improves vision and reduces the dependency on glasses or contact lenses, some patients might still need glasses for specific activities such as reading or driving at night, especially as they age. At Kraff Eye Institute, we conduct a comprehensive assessment to predict the likelihood of needing glasses post-surgery and discuss your vision and lifestyle goals. We're committed to ensuring that residents from Lincoln Square and other Chicago neighborhoods achieve the best possible outcome from their LASIK surgery.

What age is best for LASIK?

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The ideal age for LASIK is typically between 25 and 40 years old. During this period, vision is most likely to have stabilized, making the results of the surgery more predictable and stable. However, the suitability of LASIK also depends on the overall health of your eyes. Our specialists at Kraff Eye Institute are skilled in evaluating whether LASIK is right for you at any age, ensuring that candidates from Lincoln Square and beyond receive personalized advice based on their specific conditions.

What are the side effects of LASIK eye surgery?

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The most common side effects of LASIK include temporary discomfort, dry eyes, and visual disturbances such as halos or glare, particularly at night. (1) These symptoms typically resolve within several weeks following the procedure. At Kraff Eye Institute, we use state-of-the-art technology to minimize side effects and maximize comfort. We also provide thorough post-operative care instructions and follow-up support to our patients from Lincoln Square and across Chicago, ensuring a smooth recovery process.

Serving Communities Across Chicago

Kraff Eye Institute is dedicated to providing exceptional LASIK and comprehensive eye care to communities throughout Chicago.  

Whether you're from the historic streets of Lincoln Square, the vibrant neighborhoods of Wicker Park and Lakeview, or the bustling downtown Loop, we are here to serve your vision needs.  

Our commitment extends beyond the walls of our clinic, ensuring that everyone in Chicago has access to premier eye care and LASIK services.  

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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