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Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) Surgery in Chicago

The Kraff Eye Institute is based in the heart of downtown Chicago, located just one block west of Millenium Park. For over 50 years, the doctors at the Kraff Eye Institute have been dedicated to providing state-of-the-art treatments to help patients see the world more clearly. Dr. Colman Kraff is a pioneering force within the ophthalmology community and the most skilled surgeon performing ICL procedures in Chicago. With over 3 decades of surgical experience, patients can rest assured that Dr. Kraff will assess and treat all their visual needs with the utmost care.

What is Implantable Collamer Lens

A Visian Implantable Collamer Lens, also referred to as an ICL, is an FDA-approved procedure which helps patients lessen their dependence on glasses and contact lenses. An ICL is a safe alternative, for some patients, with high levels of myopia and some astigmatism who have been told that they do not qualify for LASIK or PRK surgery.

LASIK and PRK surgery helps correct vision by using a laser to remove a microscopic amount of tissue from the cornea. By removing tissue, the light that passes through the eye can better focus on the retina, thereby correcting a patient’s vision. With an ICL procedure, instead of removing tissue from the cornea, a biocompatible synthetic lens is being inserted into the cornea. The lens will sit between the iris (the colored part of the eye) and a patient’s natural crystalline lens. The prescription of the ICL will be calculated beforehand by Dr. Kraff and will be specific to the patient’s visual needs.

Implantable Collamer lens procedure

With LASIK and PRK surgery, a surgeon is using a LASER to remove tissue from the cornea. By removing a microscope amount of tissue, the light refocuses on the retina thereby correcting your vision. In an ICL procedure, a surgeon is inserting a biocompatible synthetic lens into the eye. The ICL lens sits between the iris (the colored part of the eye) and your natural crystalized lens.

The ICL lens has a prescription, which is calculated beforehand by Dr. Kraff. The prescription is specific to each eye’s exact visual needs. An ICL procedure improves vision without altering the cornea, as we do not remove tissue from the cornea like we do with LASIK or PRK. For some patients, this is another viable option when they don’t qualify for a Laser Vision Correction procedure.

What to Expect

An ICL procedure is performed one eye at a time, with the 2nd eye being treated a couple weeks after the 1st. The surgery is done at an outpatient surgery center and the patient is under local anesthesia during the procedure. You should plan on being at the surgery center for a couple of hours and you will need someone with you to help get you home. Many patients resume their normal activities within a couple of days following the procedure.

Types of IOLs

When you are here for your consultation, Dr. Kraff will discuss which IOL he recommends based on your specific type of refractive error. Dr. Kraff tailors the type of lens to the patient’s individual needs.


All surgical procedures come with potential risks. Although very rare, risks include, but are not limited to, infection, retinal detachment, double vision, sensitivity to glares and halos, and lens dislocation. When here for your initial consultation, Dr. Kraff will discuss risks, in detail, with the patient to help so that they can make an educated decision as to whether they should move forward with surgery.

Benefits of Visian ICL

A Visian ICL procedure is a safe and effective treatment to help lessen some patients’ dependency on glasses or contact lenses. An ICL can help correct for a wide range of refractive errors while still leaving your corneal thickness unchanged.

Why our clients think that we are the best Visian ICL doctors in Chicago

For over 3 decades, Dr. Colman Kraff has been committed to providing his patients with the safest and most effective surgery options. Dr. Kraff has worked alongside the FDA to help advance treatment options for a wide range of refractive errors. You will not meet with an ophthalmologist, or surgeon, who has more experience than Dr. Kraff.

Reviews For Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) Procedure At Kraff Eye, Chicago


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Dr. Colman R. Kraff

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.

Visian ICL Surgery FAQ

Is the Visian ICL FDA approved?

The Visian ICL procedure has been approved by the FDA as a safe and effective treatment to lessen a patient’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Dr. Kraff is committed to providing his patients safe and effective treatment and will discuss with you the pros and cons of surgery when you are here for your initial consultation.

Is the Visian ICL visible to others?

The Implantable Collamer Lens, ICL, is implanted between the iris (the colored part of the eye) and a patient’s natural crystalline lens. A patient will not be able to feel, or see, the ICL once the surgery is complete. Your eye will look the same as it does pre-operatively through the quality of your vision will be greatly improved.

How long is the Visian ICL recovery process?

An ICL procedure is done 1 eye at a time, with the 2nd eye being treated a couple of weeks after the 1st. A patient will notice an almost immediate improvement in their vision following surgery. Many patients can resume normal activities a couple of days following the surgery. Dr. Kraff will go into the recovery process in more detail when you are here for your consultation.

Who is a good candidate for Visian ICL?

If you’ve been told in the past that you do not qualify for LASIK or PRK surgery, then a Visian ICL procedure may be an option for you. The best way to determine if you qualify for this treatment would be to come in for a no-cost, no-obligation, consultation. When here for your consult, you’ll meet with both a Refractive Counselor and Dr. Kraff, who will go over with you what are the safest surgical options available for you.

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