If you and your eye care specialist decide that LASIK isn’t the right vision correction procedure for you, there’s no need to worry! There are several alternatives available that will provide you with the clear, glasses- and contacts-free vision you deserve. Your Swagel Wootton Eye Institute surgeon will help you determine which procedure will best suit your unique needs.
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
PRK is a safe, effective vision correction surgery that is considered the predecessor to LASIK. In fact, millions of patients around the world have undergone PRK over the course of the last three decades.
Like LASIK, PRK uses a laser to permanently improve a patient’s full range of vision. Unlike LASIK, which relies on a laser to make an incision in the cornea, no incision is made during PRK surgery. Instead, the surgeon will gently rub away the thin, outer layer of the cornea (known as the epithelium) until they can access the treatment area. This makes PRK a viable option for patients whose naturally thin or flat corneas prevent them from qualifying for LASIK.
Because it takes the epithelium more time to heal and regenerate than it takes for a corneal incision to heal, PRK has a lengthier recovery period than LASIK. As a result, after undergoing PRK, improvements to your vision will not be nearly as immediate as they are with LASIK. This is completely normal and your vision will stabilize with time.
Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)
Visian ICL is designed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, but, unlike LASIK and PRK, it does not rely on lasers to do so. Instead, the surgeon places an implantable collamer lens into the eye. The ICL works in tandem with your natural lens to improve your vision and eliminate your reliance on contacts or glasses. Because the cornea is left untampered with during ICL surgery, the procedure is considered a great option for patients with chronically dry eyes and/or abnormally shaped corneas.
Visian ICL is a non-invasive outpatient procedure that takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Vision improvements occur fairly quickly — often in as little as 24 hours — and many patients return to work the day after surgery.
Which Vision Correction Procedure Is Right for You?
During your free consultation at Swagel Wootton Eye Institute, our experienced surgeons and eye care clinicians will work with you to determine whether PRK, ICL, or LASIK is right for your vision goals.
Schedule your free Swagel Wootton Eye Institute consultation today to begin your journey toward clearer vision.
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