What Are The Best Alternatives to LASIK?
For many, a life without contact and glasses sounds like a dream — but if you suffer from already dry eyes or a thin cornea, you may wonder whether there are good alternatives to LASIK. The good news? The road to better vision doesn’t stop at LASIK. There are several other options such as EVO Visian ICL or photorefractive keratectomy PRK surgery that can bring you the clear vision you’ve been hoping for.
At Eye Center of Texas, we offer a range of vision corrective surgery options including LASIK, EVO Visian ICL, and PRK. Depending on your unique vision and goals of the procedure, one of these procedures may be a great fit for you.
What can you do if you can’t get LASIK?
EVO Visian® ICL Lens
The EVO Visian ICL lens is an implantable Collamer lens that is an excellent alternative to LASIK for astigmatism as well as for patients who are not a good candidate for LASIK due to dry eyes, thin corneas, and high levels of nearsightedness.
When comparing the LASIK vs. ICL procedures, during EVO, a removable lens is placed behind the colored part of your eye (your iris) through a small hole rather than creating a flap and reshaping your cornea with a laser. Not only does this provide most patients with immediate vision improvements, but unlike LASIK which permanently changes the shape of your eye, it allows your eye surgeon to remove the lens at a later date if you require additional eye surgery. The entire procedure is very quick and virtually painless, taking only 20-30 minutes.
Other benefits of EVO Visian ICL include:
- Clear, sharp vision
- Short recovery time
- Offers UV protection
- Not visible once they are placed
- Can improve night vision
- Does not cause dry eyes
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)
Patients that are looking for a safe alternative to LASIK due to dry eyes or thin corneas may want to consider PRK vision corrective surgery. PRK is a refractive surgery that removes the outer layer of your cornea to allow access to the cornea without creating an incision. It then uses a laser to help correct vision loss due to nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism similar to LASIK.
Because the outer layer of your cornea is being removed entirely, the recovery time for PRK is a bit longer than it is for LASIK but it is still a great option for patients who want to break free of their contacts and glasses but aren’t a good candidate for LASIK.
If you’ve already tried LASIK and are curious about additional eye treatments to further improve your vision, you are able to get PRK after LASIK although it is rarely needed.
Refractive lens exchange (RLE)
RLE is a vision corrective surgery that replaces your entire natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens. This is a great alternative to LASIK for patients who struggle with age-related vision changes or presbyopia, a condition that gradually affects the eye’s ability to focus on objects that are close-up.
The RLE procedure is very similar to cataract surgery except in RLE, you’re removing a clear lens rather than a cloudy one. Most patients can resume normal activities after a week of resting but may not experience completely clear vision for a couple of weeks.
What is the safest corrective eye surgery?
Each of the above-mentioned eye surgeries has had high success rates and is considered a safe procedure. That said, the safest corrective eye surgery for you will depend on your vision impairments, individual goals, the thickness of your cornea, and any other existing symptoms.
For example, if you’re looking for LASIK alternatives for dry eyes, you may be a good candidate for either PRK or EVO Visian ICL. But because EVO Visian ICL is only used to treat nearsightedness or nearsightedness with astigmatism, if you have dry eyes and are farsighted, the best alternative for you may be PRK.
Need an alternative to LASIK? Eye Center of Texas can help you choose the right vision corrective surgery for you.
There are many factors to consider when it comes to choosing the right alternative to LASIK for you. You’ll want to take into consideration aspects such as your prescription, other symptoms, your lifestyle, and the types of benefits you are seeking. Fortunately, the best LASIK surgeon in Houston, TX at Eye Center of Texas will be able to tell you whether or not you’re a good candidate for LASIK and inform you of other options to help you achieve your goal of a life without dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
If you’re looking for an eye doctor to help explain your vision corrective surgery options and recommend a treatment plan tailored to your needs, look no farther than Eye Center of Texas. Our skilled doctors have completed over 75,000 LASIK procedures and are one of the first ophthalmologist practices in Texas to offer the groundbreaking EVO Visian ICL procedure.
Request an appointment with us online or call Eye Center of Texas today at 713-797-1010.
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