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.
The Visian ICL
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.
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.
If you have further questions about LASIK alternatives, please contact Northeastern Eye Institute online or call 800-334-2233 today to discuss your vision correction options in greater detail. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, and throughout NEPA.