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LASIK Alternatives

LASIK Alternatives

Not everyone is an ideal candidate for LASIK. And if that is the case, you have come to the right place. Spivack Vision Center is more than just a LASIK center. Our surgeons are skilled in a variety of other vision correction procedures, helping you achieve the better vision you've been dreaming of.

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

PRK is very similar to LASIK. In fact, the only difference is in the first step of the procedure. The way your vision is corrected is the same. With PRK, the surgeon does not create a flap in the cornea as with LASIK surgery. Instead, the very top layer of the cornea is removed to prepare your eye for treatment. Patients who have thin corneas may be better candidates for PRK. Our doctors will discuss if you are a candidate for PRK during your FREE consultation.

After the PRK Procedure

It is important to note that the period of recovery from PRK laser surgery is generally longer than for LASIK patients. Also, while LASIK patients notice dramatically improved vision almost immediately after their procedure, PRK patients often do not experience better vision for one or two weeks following their treatment. PRK patients are commonly prescribed antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops to reduce swelling and the risk of infection.

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Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL)

Implantable contact lenses, also known as phakic IOLs, are lenses that are placed inside the eye to permanently improve vision. ICLs function much the same as traditional external contact lenses and are similar to intraocular lenses, which are used during cataract surgery to replace the eye's clouded natural lens. However, during ICL surgery, the natural lens is retained, and works with the new, implanted lens to improve vision.

ICLs are a great option for patients over 21 years old who have moderate to severe myopia, or nearsightedness, wanting to reduce or eliminate their need for corrective lenses. ICLs often times are an alternative to those patients whose prescription may disqualify them from having LASIK.

The ICL Procedure
Implantable contact lenses are inserted into the eye during an outpatient procedure that takes about 30 minutes. During the procedure, the Visian ICL™, made from Collamer®, a collagen co-polymer, is folded and inserted through a very small incision made in the surface of the eye. It is placed behind the iris and works with the eye's existing natural lens to correct vision. Improved vision is often noticed the same day as surgery, and patients fully heal within a month.

Clear Lens Exchange (CLE)

Patients with refractive vision errors but who are not candidates for LASIK due to thin corneas, problems on the surface of the cornea, or dry eyes may be better candidates for Clear Lens Exchange (CLE). CLE is essentially the same as cataract surgery, but it is performed only for refractive purposes. It is sometimes called Clear Lens Exchange (CLE), Refractive Lens Extraction (RLE), and Refractive Lens Replacement (RLR).

The CLE procedure involves removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with a silicone or plastic intraocular lens (IOL). These advanced IOLs are designed to correct most cases of hyperopia (farsightedness) and myopia (nearsightedness) and now also astigmatism. And the best part is, once a patient has an CLE procedure, they will never develop cataracts!

Benefits Clear Lens Exchange Surgery

CLE is an increasingly popular vision correction procedure, in part because it is relatively simple for surgeons to perform and it yields consistent, predictable results in most patients. It is beneficial to patients because recovery from the procedure is fast with few complications and there is no longer concern about developing cataracts on the artificial lens later in life. Recovery from CLE is generally fast and comes with few complications. However, CLE is a more invasive surgery than other procedures used to treat refraction errors.

CLE procedures are performed through our affiliate, Omni Eye Specialists. Click here to learn more about the IOL options for CLE procedures.

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