Alternative to LASIK

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 19-Apr-2011

shutterstock_17076580-200x300If you are tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses, but you aren’t sure that LASIK can provide exactly what you need, there are some LASIK alternatives that you should consider. These alternatives may be able to provide you with the vision improvement that you are looking for. The two most common alternatives to LASIK surgery are PRK and ICL. They both share similarities with the common LASIK procedures, but also have key differences.

Like LASIK, PRK also falls under the umbrella of “laser eye surgery.” The difference is that instead of creating a corneal flap, the cornea is reshaped by removing a microscopic layer of tissue to improve vision. It can be used to treat myopia (nearsightedness), or hyperopia (farsightedness), both with or without astigmatism. It can also be used to treat vision over or under corrected after other refractive surgery or cataract surgery. This option is one that you should consider if you are engaged in activities that put you at a high risk for eye injuries, such as boxing or martial arts. In the event of an eye injury after LASIK surgery, there is a risk of LASIK flap dislocation; that risk is not a factor with PRK.

The other option to consider is ICL, or implantable collamer lens better known as implantable contact lenses. This is a good option for patients between the ages of 18-40 that are either too nearsighted for LASIK, or don’t have enough corneal tissue to treat, or for those who are at least moderately nearsighted who want to leave their cornea intact and have the option to have the implant removed in the event that a better treatment option comes along.

Refractive Lens Implants can be beneficial for patients over 50 that also want to have reading vision corrected along with distance vision. LASIK is doing great things for our far distance vision, but it doesn’t correct near vision that is used for reading. Crystalens, ReSTOR andTecnis can help correct a full range of vision from near to far and everything in-between.

Key Whitman provides LASIK eye surgery in Dallas, Plano and Arlington as well as these alternatives. Call us today to talk about the options that are available for you.

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