Do Alternative Treatments To LASIK Eye Surgery Exist?

LASIK Eye Surgery: With the growing number of adults seeking help from corrective lenses to see clearly, you are not alone should you be having this same issue. 

One of the commonest eye problems that do not allow people to see clearly with their eyes alone is refractive errors. See examples of these errors:

  • Short-sightedness (myopia): People are unable to see objects that are far away clearly
  • Long-sightedness (hyperopia): People are unable to see objects that are close by clearly
  • Astigmatism: Due to the shape of the cornea which in this case is curved abnormally, people have distorted eyesight at any distance 

Alternative LASIK Eye Surgery

Since its approval in 1999 by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), LASIK eye treatment has been a very common solution to refractive errors. However, this innovative treatment may not be for everybody, meaning that not all patients experiencing refractive errors are good candidates for this procedure.

It is noteworthy to mention that Laser eye surgery in London may be a pain-free surgical procedure for fixing impaired vision, but certain patients may see this concept of reshaping the cornea as a procedure too invasive to deal with. As a matter of fact, the following eye conditions may not be considered for correction using LASIK:

  • Thin corneas
  • Large pupils
  • Severe dry eye syndrome
  • Other complications

Those who seek to correct their vision should take the initial and smart step of discussing this problem with an experienced, trustworthy and up-to-date surgeon with a speciality in refractive eye surgeries such as LASIK.

What are the alternative treatment options to LASIK?

We are happy to announce that our ophthalmologists are board-certified, experienced, and very dedicated with firsthand knowledge on innovative laser vision technology. What does this mean for you? It implies that by working closely with you, together we will find the right solution to your personal visual needs as it differs from person to person.

This is achieved via our diagnostic testing and assessment. Should it happen that you are not a good candidate for LASIK or you want to know the various laser surgery types for refractive error correction, keep reading to see what is available at our clinic.

PRK laser eye surgery

As an acronym for Photorefractive Keratectomy, PRK  is sometimes described as the basis of vision correction using laser technology. The commonest refractive errors like astigmatism can be fixed with PRK. The good news is that patients who may not be eligible for LASIK correction can find a great solution in PRK.

At your PRK surgery, the uppermost layer of corneal tissue will be entirely taken out and using an advanced excimer laser, the surgeon will reshape your cornea. Recovery of the cornea takes place naturally in a few days after the surgical procedure.

Keep in mind that the recovery duration following PRK is much longer as the cells found on the outside layer of your cornea takes time to regrow.

You will be asked not to drive yourself for nearly one week, and between 2 to 6 weeks, you should expect to start seeing clearly.

SMILE laser eye surgery

One of the highly advanced laser surgery types for the correction of refractive errors is the Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE) eye surgery. In comparison to other refractive surgical works, this one is less invasive. Again, during LASIK, the opthalmologist has to create a flap in your cornea to gain entry to reshape the cornea, but in SMILE, no flap is created. 

What your surgeon will do here is to create a 3mm size incision in your cornea using a laser so that they can effectively reshape your cornea. This procedure assures the quicker time of recovery, less pain, and lower negative impacts.

Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) Refractive Implant Surgery

Nigh vision and other common refractive errors are fixed using this refractive implant. The beauty of this laser surgery option is the introduction of additive tech to enhance vision with no need to take out the corneal tissue.

Many refractive surgeries revolving around laser technology are made to fix visual problems by changing the shape of the cornea to precisely reflect light. So, your eye surgeon will incise your cornea and implant a vision-correcting lens that will improve your sight. Patients who prefer a less invasive method or who are not suitable for LASIK will find this alternative to be best.

If you are looking for an Inconspicuous and comfortable refractive error treatment, Visian ICL is a good option. Most interesting is that our patients who use it have reported quick recovery duration and fast improvement in vision. It is also possible to remove Vision lenses. If you need one do contact us at Optimal Vision.

Find the best eye surgery options

Our ophthalmologists are board-certified experts in refractive eye surgery with years of experience and knowledge in some of the highly advanced surgical procedures and technology. With this, we believe that finding you the best solution to your vision needs won’t be a problem at all.Are you having issues with eyesight and you are interested in laser eye surgery? Would you love to know the options available for you? Do not hesitate to contact our team today. Even if you have been told you can’t have LASIK Laser eye surgery, still schedule a consultation with our experts at Optimal Vision. We will work with you to find a better, long-term, effective, and personalised solution as your number one eye clinic. Do give us a call today.