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.

Verisyse Lens

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.


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.

  • Am I a good candidate for LASIK?

    The ideal candidate for LASIK is over 18 years old, has healthy corneas and a relatively stable prescription (i.e. – the same prescription for 1 to 2 years).

  • Does LASIK hurt?

    Many patients experience little to no discomfort during or after LASIK. During your procedure, you’ll have a John-Kenyon staff member dedicated to making you feel comfortable. We will, literally, hold your hand throughout the entire process.

  • What if I'm nervous?

    We work hard to maximize your comfort throughout the entire LASIK experience.  If you find that you are nervous before the procedure, we’ll offer you an oral sedative to help you relax. A staff member will hold your hand throughout the entire procedure and the John-Kenyon team is more than happy to answer your questions at any time.

  • Isn't LASIK expensive?

    The upfront cost of LASIK is certainly more than a pair of glasses or an order of contact lenses but some cost comparisons show that after 10 years the costs equal out.  If you have LASIK at 28, you may not have to wear contacts ever again and only need to start wearing reading glasses like most people do in their 40’s or 50’s.

  • Will I be able to see immediately?

    Many patients can read the clock across the room immediately after LASIK. That being said, your vision the first few hours after the procedure can be cloudy. That’s why we ask that you bring a friend or family member to drive you home afterwards.

    We require that you rest with your eyes closed for six hours after surgery, but the overwhelming majority of patients wake up the next morning and are able to drive without glasses or contacts to their follow-up appointment.

    Every case is unique but you can expect to experience improved vision within the first few days.

  • Does insurance cover LASIK?

    Unfortunately insurance does not cover the cost of LASIK but you can use your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) to pay for LASIK. We also have a number of financing options available to help make LASIK fit your budget.

Hear from Our Patients

Andrea, LASIK

Andrea came to John-Kenyon wanting to make her life easier, glasses and contacts free! After LASIK, she is seeing 20/15!

Hear from Our Patients

Josh S. , LASIK

Hear from Our Patients

Sarah C., LASIK

Sarah is 110% happy with her LASIK results. The morning after her procedure at John-Kenyon LASIK Center, she’s seeing 20/15!