Some individuals may not be a candidate for LASIK; however, there are other options which may work for you. Here are some other alternatives the surgeon may find more suitable for you: PRK, Phakic IOLs, IOL, or Raindrop Inlay.
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is done by removing the surface (epithelial) cells of the cornea and then resculpting the cornea with the excimer laser. PRK differs from LASIK in that no flap of tissue is created prior to applying the treatment. Afterwards, a bandage contact lens is placed on the eye and typically removed approximately 1 week later. This procedure can be done in patients to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It is often used when the cornea is too thin for LASIK.
Phakic IOL is done by placing an artificial lens inside of the eye and leaving the natural lens in its place. This procedure is typically done in patients with high levels of myopia.
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) may be an option if the refractive error of the eye falls outside the parameters set for our lasers. We do this procedure by removing the natural lens of the eye and placing an artificial lens. This procedure is known as refractive lens exchange and is similar to cataract surgery. There are numerous types of lens options, depending on your lifestyle and desire. The surgeon would be able to discuss which lens may work best for you.
Raindrop inlay is used in patients who are dependent on reading glasses. The procedure is done by creating a flap on the cornea (similar to LASIK) and placing a small transparent disc onto the central cornea and gently laying the flap back down. By performing the procedure in one eye, we are striving to eliminate the need for reading glasses.