Although most patients with refractive errors typically make good candidates for LASIK eye surgery, the procedure may not be ideal for every individual seeking vision correction. Reasons why someone may need to seek an alternative method include dry eyes, thin corneas, or military service.
At Eye Doctors of Washington, your overall well-being is our priority, and if one of our doctors finds that you may experience anything but exceptional results from LASIK, they will recommend another option that can still help you reach an optimal outcome. Whether this is from PRK, Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL), or Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), we do our best to help you find the most beneficial solution for your unique needs.
PRK is similar to LASIK in the way that laser energy is used to reshape the cornea and improve refractive efforts. However, instead of creating a corneal flap, PRK works by the laser removing a thin layer of the corneal tissue in order to correct your vision. Many people who are not good candidates for LASIK prove to be eligible for PRK since there is no flap that could potentially be damaged or cause irritation.
Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)
The Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) is often a viable option for those who are not candidates for laser refractive surgery. This procedure involves the placement of a lens underneath the eye’s natural lens, which can effectively improve vision. An added benefit to choosing ICLs for your vision correction is the surgery is reversible, should you need to replace the lens or desire an alternative method of correction.
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
In the Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) procedure, the natural lens of the eye is carefully removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL). This is the same type of lens that is used in cataract surgery to correct vision. Patients can choose to receive an IOL through the RLE procedure to treat severe refractive errors for permanent results, with the added benefit of not developing cataracts in the future.
To find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK, or if another option is more appropriate, please contact us to schedule an appointment.