Lasik & Phakic Iol | Alternatives to Lasik

Some patients are not suitable for LASIK surgery because of inadequate corneal thickness in relation to the prescription needed to correct the vision. Several options are listed below with links to more specific information on each procedure.

  • PRK
    Photorefractive Keratectomy is a laser vision correction procedure to reduce or eliminate the need for eyeglasses. It is performed on an outpatient basis and is considered an elective surgery. An excimer laser is used to reshape the curvature of the eye for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
  • LASEK
    Laser Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratosmileusis is refractive error correction for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. This is considered an outpatient procedure. It is a better choice for poor LASIK candidates including people with less corneal tissue. It preserves more corneal tissue than LASIK with less risk of dry eye than LASIK.
  • Visian™ Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)
    Visian ICLs offers a significant improvement in quality vision correction after lens implantation, by using a technilogically advanced collamer material that is biocompatiable with the eye. The position of the lens allows the eye to maintain its normal iris function, promotes stability and may reduce potential complications. The lens is invisible to both the patient and any observer.
  • Verisyse™ Phakic Intraocular Lens (P-IOL)
    Verisyse phakic IOLs are placed are implanted behind your cornea and on top of your iris. It provides additional focusing to the eye, much like a contact lens placed inside of the eye to correct nearsightedness.Verisyse phakic IOLs are an alternative to conventional or wavefront LASIK, PRK, and LASEK for patients with very high nearsighted vision.

It is important to understand that one technique isn’t necessarily better than another, but each has certain characteristics that make it more or less effective in certain applications. Each type of surgery has the same goal, which is to correct vision. Each procedure is performed under the outer layer of tissue of the cornea, the epithelium, which is on the surface of the eye itself.

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