Alternative Refractive Surgery Options
If you’re not a candidate for LASIK, there are a number of alternative refractive surgery options that may be right for you. Our Doctor will explore all options with you to determine the best course of action for you.
Refractive Lens Exchange
If you’re not a candidate for LASIK and cataracts aren’t an issue, you may still be able to eliminate your need for reading glasses with Refractive Lens Exchange, a procedure that allows patients to restore their near, intermediate, and far vision with an implantable, multi-focal lens that replaces the eye’s crystalline lens. This procedure is especially suited for patients over 45 who are far-sighted and dependent on bi-focals or tri-focals.
Most Refractive Lens Exchange patients have a condition called presbyopia, a common part of the aging process in which the eye’s crystalline lens loses flexibility and the muscles that focus the lens weaken. If treated with LASIK, presbyopic patients would still need reading glasses for all close-up vision, such as reading books or dialing a phone, unless you are a candidate for cornea inlay. Refractive Lens Exchange takes care of that problem. Even better? Since the eye’s natural lens is replaced, Refractive Lens Exchange patients will never develop cataracts. Click here to learn more about Refractive Lens Exchange at John-Kenyon.
Advanced Surface Ablation
Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA) is a safer option for patients who have thin corneas or high prescriptions, making it a great procedure for those who are not candidates for LASIK. ASA can be a good choice for those who play contact sports, those with careers or career aspirations in aviation, or military personnel.
The ASA procedure is similar to LASIK, but only takes one step. The doctor uses the state-of-the-art ALLEGRETTO WAVE® Eye-Q to reshape the cornea. ASA patients may experience slightly more discomfort than LASIK patients and the results are not as immediate. You may have blurred vision for about five days following the procedure, but optimal vision is usually reached within one to three months.
The Verisyse™ phakic IOL lens is an implantable lens that’s a safer option for people with moderate to severe nearsightedness who are not candidates for LASIK. The Verisyse™ lens is surgically placed in front of the eye’s natural lens, leaving the natural crystalline lens in the eye and allowing you to continue to adjust between objects that are near and far. The procedure is surgically reversible.
Implantable Collamer Lens
Similar to the Verisyse™ IOL, the Visian Implantable Collamer® Lens (ICL) is an alternative option for patients with moderate to severe nearsightedness. The Visian lens is implanted behind the iris and infront of the eye’s natural lens. The implantation of this lens is also surgically reversible.
ReLEx® SMILE from ZEISS is the first and only small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) laser vision correction solution currently available. SMILE is a minimally invasive procedure that is the most comfortable of all the laser procedures. SMILE can treat low to high amounts of myopia (-1 to -10).
The procedure removes a small piece of the cornea to reshape the eye in minutes, with the laser only taking 30 seconds of the time. This next generation technology only requires one laser, which makes it very precise and comfortable.
Hear from Our Patients
Catie K., LASIK
The morning after having LASIK at John-Kenyon, Catie told Dr. Piracha she should have had the procedure a long time ago. Not even 24 hours later, she was pointing out all the street signs on the way to her follow up appointment.