At Davis Eye Center, we ensure patients know all of their options. We work to achieve the best results for each patient depending on their individual situation. Though LASIK is an incredibly popular laser eye surgery with over 19 million procedures performed in the United States, it is not always the best or only solution for patients. If during your FREE consultation, Dr. Davis determines LASIK is not the best option for you, we offer three other vision correcting alternatives to LASIK that will reduce your dependency on glasses or contact lenses. This includes PRK procedure, Implantable collamer lenses, and Refractive Lens Exchange. Keep reading to learn more about each!
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)
First, we have Photorefractive keratectomy, also known as PRK. If you have mild to moderate nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, then the PRK may be a potential solution for correcting these problems.
The PRK procedure is a possible option for two types of patients. One type being patients who have a cornea that is too thin for LASIK to be effective. The second type, being patients who have previously undergone LASIK treatment.
During the PRK procedure, Dr. Davis removes the top layer of the corneal tissue. Next, a laser is used to reshape the tissue so it can properly focus light. Then, he places a soft bandage over the top of the cornea to help heal the underlying tissues. After 4-5 days pass, the bandage is removed. In total, PRK surgery itself typically lasts less than 30 minutes. Both LASIK and PRK are a short surgery, timewise. However, in comparison to LASIK, it has a couple of additional weeks of healing time.
Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICL)
A second alternative to LASIK is Implantable Collamer Lenses or ICL. For patients between the ages of 21-45, ICL can help those who experience moderate to high nearsightedness. ICL may be a great solution for patients who don’t want LASIK or are not a good candidate for LASIK due to their thin corneas.
During the ICL procedure, Dr. Davis inserts a thin collamer lens behind your iris to correct your vision. Our body naturally contains collagen. Therefore, the collamer lens is made with a material containing collagen to allow the lens to sync harmoniously with your eye for a natural feel.
ICL requires two separate procedures. Each of these typically each last less than half an hour. Before scheduling these appointments, be sure to arrange transportation to and from your appointments. For your safety, you won’t be able to drive yourself.
ICL is a minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t require any stitches. Little downtime results and the cornea shape is not altered. In fact, many patients report improved vision almost immediately following the procedure.
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
Last, but not least is RLE, the third alternative to LASIK. Refractive Lens Exchange is best for candidates who experience moderate-to-severe farsightedness or presbyopia which is farsightedness caused by loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye. Typically, this condition occurs in middle to older aged adults. During the RLE procedure, Dr. Davis removes the patient’s natural crystalline lens and replaces it with an Intraocular Lens Implant. This gives the patient the ability to correct distance, intermediate and near vision to achieve their visual goals.
In comparison to LASIK, PRK, and ICL, this procedure treats one eye at a time. A minimum of 1-week recovery is necessary between and first and second RLE procedure.
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After reading this article, we don’t expect you to be an expert in eye surgeries and decide the method of treatment that you’d like. That’s what the Davis Eye Center is here for! We just want to give you the resources you need to feel confident in your eye care. Call the Davis Eye Center to schedule your vision appointment. We’d love to discuss your vision health and find the best option for you when it comes to your eyes.