Alternatives to LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK eye surgery is the most popular type of vision correction because it can effectively treat a wide range of refractive disorders. However, it does not address all prescriptions and anomalies.

If you have been told that you are not a good candidate for LASIK, this does not mean that you cannot enjoy the benefits of advanced vision correction. There are several excellent alternatives to LASIK that can provide you with the same high-quality results.

One of the best LASIK alternatives is the Visian ICL – an Implantable Collamer Lens that corrects your vision much like a contact lens, with the exception that it is permanent and does not require regular maintenance. The Visian ICL works by bending light so it can focus correctly on your retina. It is placed behind your iris and in front of your eye’s natural lens to provide improved distance vision, UV protection, and more.

You may be a good candidate for the Visian ICL if you:

Are nearsighted


Have astigmatism


Have a low or high prescription that would reduce the effectiveness of LASIK


Have thin corneas


Have dry eyes


Are between the ages of 21 and 45 years old

Implanting the Visian ICL only requires a brief 15-minute procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia by an ophthalmologist. Once it has been placed, the ICL won’t be visible to others, and you won’t feel it in your eye. Best of all, you do not need to worry about performing any special care or maintenance.

At Northeastern Eye Institute, the Visian ICL procedure is performed by Dr. Chris Jordan, a Board Certified ophthalmologist who has performed a high volume of ophthalmic surgical procedures throughout his career.

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Hugo H

Great place. Clean and professional office. Dr. Jordan is a fantastic doctor. I got cataract surgery on both eyes and it changed my life 100%. Great staff. Highly recommend this practice.

J.B. Wright

I suffered from a corneal abrasion suddenly while I was in town for business. The group was very responsive in getting back to me and squeezing me in on the same day. They recently incorporated a new computer system and I can see the benefits to that implementation. It made the check-in process very easy and quick. Dr. Fox was attentive and compassionate to my problem. She prescribed my prescription and laid out a clear path for me to take as soon as I flew home. Thank you to the team!

Wilma Mitchell

I had cataract surgery and it went fantastic! All the staff were very professional and helpful. Dr Jordan made me feel very comfortable. I can see so much better. I am even driving at nite, which was a big issue. Highly recommend them!

Michele Keating

Great job by intake person for Dr William Jordan today. I was not able to get her name I just had surgery on my knee a few days prior to the visit and was in a great amount of discomfort She was kind and accommodating to me in every way and was very patient with me and helpful

Willie Schumacher

Northeast eye is fantastic. I had 2 cataracts removed and new lens put in. Everyone was polite, efficient, and helpful. Dr Frattali is great. Very detailed, very reassuring and even quietly sang while operating on my eyes. No discomfort. I felt well cared for and informed the entire time. Would highly recommend them. I left there not having to wear glasses for now. I look forward to their follow up.

mac fadra

I trust the surgeons at Northeastern Eye Institute. They are very experienced, conservative and tailor their treatments to the individual, particularly with LASIK where they do not take a one size fits all approach. Each procedure is customized for each patient. A no. of their staff members have undergone LASIK with great results which gives me the confidence to recommend them.

Harold Cameron

I always receive outstanding eye care when I go to the Northeastern Eye Institute in Scranton. The staff are pleasant and helpful. Dr. Arthur Jordan Jr. always provides the highest quality of eye care for me. I am very pleased with NE Eye and will continue to go there for my vision needs.

Thomas Glasspool

They did a great job with my Lasik procedure. They were polite and professional and kept me informed during the whole process. I was able to schedule my Lasik the same week I had my evaluation.

Mary Ann Cardamone

I am very pleased with my visits and the things I have had done at North Eastern Eye

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Other LASIK Alternatives

Apart from the Visian ICL, there are other alternatives to LASIK, such as PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) and LASEK. Both of these procedures are similar to LASIK, except for the fact that they do not use a corneal flap. The laser is applied directly to the surface of your cornea, instead of underneath your cornea.

Because of this, PRK and LASEK are ideal for patients whose corneas are too thin to allow for the creation of a corneal flap in LASIK. Both PRK and LASEK can provide the same results as LASIK: they simply require a slightly longer recovery period.

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