LASIK isn’t the only option for your vision correction.
If you aren’t the right fit for LASIK, there are other options! At ICON Eyecare, we are experts at a number of alternative treatments to LASIK eye surgery. We want you to explore the various eye treatments that could help correct your vision.
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
This procedure also changes the shape of the cornea, but it is a better option for those that struggle with dry eyes or have thin corneas.
How is PRK Different from LASIK?
The main difference between PRK and LASIK is how the surgeon accesses your cornea during the procedure. With LASIK, a thin flap is created on the surface of the cornea. With PRK, the thin outer layer of the cornea (the epithelium) is gently swabbed away to allow the surgeon to access the treatment area. This outer layer naturally regenerates after surgery. Due to the nature of the procedure, PRK will include a longer recovery time than LASIK. The results appear more gradually, and vision improvements will take longer to stabilize. However, PRK is a safe and effective alternative for patients with thin corneas or other restrictions who may not qualify for LASIK.
Visian Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
Visian ICL is a procedure designed to correct common refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. However, unlike LASIK and PRK, the procedure doesn’t make use of lasers. Instead, a surgeon places an implantable collamer lens (ICL) into your eye that works with your natural lens to improve your vision. This makes Visian ICL a good option for patients who have chronically dry eyes or thin or abnormally shaped corneas.
This procedure implants a special lens that covers the natural eye lens to correct the vision. This outpatient procedure only takes about 30 minutes and has a fast recovery time. Most patients will see improved vision within 24 hours of the ICL procedure. It might be the ideal option for patients that have unusual cornea shapes, multiple refractive errors or chronically dry eyes.
How is Visian ICL Different From LASIK?
Unlike LASIK, Visian ICL is well-suited for patients with chronically dry eyes or thin or abnormally shaped corneas. Visian ICL is an implantable contact lens which helps your eye to see clearly, while LASIK involves re-shaping your cornea with a laser to achieve the same vision correction.
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