What if I Can’t Have LASIK?
You may not be a candidate for LASIK surgery due to thin corneas, severe defocus (myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism), or keratoconus. Fortunately, you have other options! A solution may be the Visian® ICL (Intraocular Collamer Lens), SMILE, or PRK laser vision correction.
Drs Roholt and Celmer have helped many other patients who couldn’t have LASIK, SMILE or PRK. For more information regarding the Visian® ICL visit www.visianinfo.com or contact Roholt Vision Institute to schedule an appointment today.
PRK (Photo-Refractive Keratectomy)
PRK is the traditional method of laser vision correction and was approved by the FDA in 1995 prior to LASIK. Similar methods of performing PRK include ASA (Advanced Surface Ablation), LASEK and Epi-LASIK.
PRK is laser vision correction similar to LASIK, performed without a flap. PRK techniques have evolved over the years so that results are equivalent to LASIK. An excimer laser is used to remodel your corneal surface just as in LASIK. PRK is a simpler procedure than LASIK: no flap needs to be made. A clear skin, “epithelium” covers the cornea. The epithelium is gently removed in PRK; ablation (laser treatment) is then performed. A contact lens (a “bandage” contact lens) is placed, and functions as temporary protection for the surface, to substitute for a LASIK flap. Epithelium resurfaces the cornea beneath the contact lens over the next 3-4 days.
Eye discomfort after PRK is somewhat increased over LASIK for 3 days, and visual recovery is not as fast as LASIK. Outcomes are similar to LASIK. PRK is preferred in some high-stress environments or the military, or if corneal thickness or pupil size is not suitable for LASIK.
If you are interested in scheduling a consultation, contact Roholt Vision Institute today.
RLR (refractive Lens Replacement)
Patients with high degrees of myopia, hyperopia and/or astigmatism may not be candidates for LASIK (i.e thin cornea and age-inappropriate for Visian® ICL or other refractive procedure. Additionally, some people may have incipient or minor degree of lens opacity (early cataract) but don’t qualify for insurance coverage. These patients may elect to have an intraocular lens performed as one of the above listed procedures. RLR is a non-covered, self-pay procedure.