For some individuals, there are instances where LASIK may not be the best option or most appropriate treatment for vision correction. Reasons might include thin or irregular corneas, prescriptions out of range for a good LASIK result, ocular pathology or even unrealistic patient expectations.
Fortunately, Southern Eye Center offers other vision correction options that may be a more appropriate fit, while providing the patient with their ideal vision results.
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)
PRK, also known as Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), is a procedure that involves reshaping the cornea on the surface without the creation of a corneal flap. It may be recommended if the corneas are too thin and/or irregular. It is also an awesome option for individuals involved in certain vocations where there is a higher possibility of ocular trauma (armed forces, professional athlete).
Although the treatment outcomes for PRK are very similar to LASIK, the recovery after PRK takes a little longer than LASIK and should be planned for postoperatively. Patients will not be able to work or drive for the first four days. It may take at least one month for the patient’s vision to stabilize.
Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens)
Occasionally, there are individuals who are not candidates for LASIK because of high prescriptions, thin or irregular corneas, or for various other reasons. In these rare cases, a member of our Southern Eye Center LASIK team may recommend the Visian ICL. In this procedure, a small lens is permanently implanted in the eye behind the iris and in front of the natural lens.
Visian ICL also can be combined with LASIK or PRK to correct any small residual nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. The best candidates for the Visian ICL procedure are between ages 21 and 50 with moderate to severe nearsightedness with or without astigmatism. The patient’s vision must also be stable for at least a year prior to surgery.
The loss of up-close or reading vision that occurs in people in their 40’s and 50’s is called presbyopia. The Corneal Inlay, a breakthrough in vision correction technology, can now help patients who are over the age of 40 read clearly again, without the need for reading glasses.
The inlay is inserted in the non-dominant eye, allowing the eyes to work together for clear vision up close and at a distance. The Corneal Inlay Procedure only takes about 20 minutes, and our surgeons perform it in office, here at Southern Eye Center. During the procedure patients are awake and alert, but are given numbing drops to eliminate any discomfort.
After the Corneal Inlay Procedure, the inlay eye may feel irritated or scratchy and may be sensitive to light or tear excessively but these symptoms will resolve. Patients also are given medications that help with any mild discomfort. Following the procedure, patients cannot drive. A ride home will be needed.