Quality Vision CareFor Miami

LASIK Alternatives

There are several different LASIK options that we offer at our center.

The 3 main options that we offer are listed as follows:

Surface Laser Procedure – PRK

We explain to patients that in LASIK, there are 2 lasers used.  PRK is like LASIK, except only 1 laser out of the 2 LASIK lasers is used.

PRK (Photo Refractive Keratectomy) is a surface laser ablation procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea by reshaping it with the excimer laser.

The removal of thin layers of tissue causes the center of the cornea to flatten in the case of nearsightedness, steepen in the case of farsightedness, or become more rounded in the case of astigmatism thereby resulting in the desired/targeted changes to the focusing power of the cornea.  The surgery is performed using topical anesthetic (drops on the eye).

Visian ICL

The Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) is made of an advanced soft-material lens, composed of 100% biocompatible collagen copolymer, that provides not only UV protection and permanent vision correction, but also a quality of vision that is sharper, clearer, and more vivid than that what one can achieve with glasses or contacts.  Additionally, unlike LASIK, the Visian ICL procedure does not permanently alter the shape of your cornea. There is no maintenance associated with the lens, and it is intended to remain in place as long as you are satisfied with your vision. If at any point your vision changes or you wish to have them removed, it can be done easily and because your cornea is in its natural state, you are able to pursue other vision correction options.

Learn more about the VISIAN ICL, how the procedure is performed and if you are a candidate!

Refractive Lens Exchange – RLE

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), also known as a clear lens replacement, is a procedure designed to reduce a person’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is an eye procedure designed to remove the natural crystalline lens of the eye and replace it with an artificial lens, known as an intra-ocular lens implant to correct refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia) or a focusing error of the eye.

It is an alternative to laser vision correction and other vision correction procedures.  The procedure is identical to that used to remove a cataract.

Learn more about Refractive Lens Exchange, how the procedure is performed and if you are a candidate!