LASIK vision correction is not always the best treatment option for patients which is why CorrectVision Laser Institute offers alternative treatments to help you correct your vision.
PRK: A LASIK Alternative
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) was actually the first type of vision correction procedure approved by the FDA in 1995 to reshape the cornea (even before LASIK). Since then millions of PRK procedures have been performed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, helping most patients see more clearly without glasses or contacts.
Patients who are not good candidates for LASIK due to thin corneas or other conditions may be good candidates for PRK and end up with clear vision like most LASIK patients.
At CorrectVision Laser Institute we have performed thousands of PRK procedures. We take many conditions into consideration to ensure that your eyes are healthy enough for the procedure: simply needing glasses to see is not the only requirement.
General PRK Requirements
- 18 years or older
- Stable vision prescription for at least one year
- Free of eye disease or other interfering vision conditions
- Proper corneal thickness
- Good overall health
- Realistic expectations
- Full understanding of the potential risks
It is absolutely crucial that you undergo a comprehensive eye exam to determine if PRK is right for your eyes. If any doctor agrees to perform the procedure without an exam, please consult our PRK doctors in Weston to arrange for a free, no-obligation vision correction Consultation. We will be up-front and honest about your eye health, what to expect from PRK and the potential risks. Most importantly, we will let you know if PRK is a safe vision correction option for you.
Contact us today to schedule a free PRK Consultation so you can learn more about your PRK candidacy. You can ask questions and learn more about our PRK technology, experience and results.
Clear Lens Exchange: A LASIK Alternative
LASIK vision correction is not always the best treatment option for patients who are severely farsighted (meaning they have trouble seeing clearly up-close). In a similar circumstance, some people in their 40s and 50s come into our office complaining that their near vision is getting worse and they are worried that they are becoming farsighted. In reality, most of these latter patients are experiencing the signs of presbyopia. Surprisingly, these are two different vision conditions that can both be corrected by the same procedure: clear lens exchange (CLE). This process involves removing the natural eye lens and replacing it with an artificial Intraocular Lens (IOL) that is designed specifically to help you achieve the clear vision you want. After a comprehensive evaluation, our doctors can recommend the right type of IOL to meet your vision requirements (monofocal, multifocal, and Toric).
CLE is very similar to cataract surgery – but you do not have to have cataracts to experience the benefits. In fact, you may even be spared the experience of developing cataracts in the future!
How Clear Lens Exchange Works
Our Doctors begin the CLE procedure by applying numbing eye drops to the eye being treated (only one eye is treated during the visit). You remain awake during the procedure; the eye drops numb the sensation of pain for most patients.
When the eye is ready, our doctors make a small incision on the cornea to gently break up and remove the natural lens and insert the new lens. The procedure typically takes about 15 minutes and the incisions heal naturally without any stitches.
Clear Lens Exchange Recovery
Plan to allow yourself a week to recover from CLE. Your final vision results may take a bit longer to achieve as your vision stabilizes. Your new lens will not be noticeable to other people and you won’t even know it is there – you’ll just be reminded of how great life can be without lenses.
To find out if clear lens exchange is right for you, contact us today to schedule a free LASIK Consultation.
Visian ICL: A LASIK Alternative
Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICL) are a good alternative for people who are not suitable for refractive procedures such as LASIK because of:
- Moderate to severe nearsightedness
- Thin corneas
- History of dry eye
- Large pupils
At CorrectVision Laser Institute, we offer patients the Visian® ICL in Clermont as an excellent alternative to LASIK to treat a wide range of refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism).
How the Visian ICL Works
Made from biocompatible Collamer®, this lens is implanted between your iris and natural lens through tiny corneal incisions. The lens allows light entering the eye to focus on the retina for clear vision. Even though the lens will be invisible to others, it can make your vision sharper and more vivid. Some patients will see more clearly immediately after the procedure is performed.
Benefits of Visian ICL
- Collamer lens material works in harmony with your eye’s natural chemistry
- Less chance of dry eye
- Provides a layer of UV protection for your eyes
- Permanent, yet removable option for vision improvement
- Procedure takes just 20-30 minutes
- Results are often immediate
- Lens is unnoticeable to others
The procedure itself typically causes very little discomfort and no pain for most patients because the eye is numbed with a topical or local anesthetic prior to the procedure. It is performed in our office as an outpatient procedure.
If you are between the ages of 21 and 45 and want to learn more about Visian ICLs in Clermont, call our offices to schedule a free LASIK Consultation.