There is no “one-size-fits-all vision correction” because different vision correction methods are suitable for different people. Many people think of LASIK when they think of laser eye surgery, but what about those who need refractive surgery but have a thin cornea? LASEK could be better for that person or PRK.
Choosing laser vision correction
When thinking about innovative laser vision correction, the first thing to do is ask an ophthalmologist or doctor for advice. You may not be eligible for any type of laser eye surgery due to your individual eye problem or other medical problem that makes the operation inappropriate. In this case, you can undergo treatment without laser vision correction.
Types of laser eye surgery
One of the most common laser eye surgeries is LASIK, or laser in situ keratomileusis. In LASIK, a microkeratome blade is used to cut a flap from the cornea and an excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea. Then the flap returns to its original position.
PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, was the first type of laser eye surgery. With this process, the outer layer of the cornea is manually scraped and the excimer laser reshapes the cornea. The outer layer can grow on its own. If you have a thin cornea, PRK may be recommended as the best laser vision correction procedure for you. Epi-LASEK is a modified PRK procedure that uses a plastic blade to scrape off the outer layer of the cornea, rather than the 20% alcohol solution found in LASEK.
What is Visian ICL?
Visian ICL, or Implantable Collamer Lens, is a new vision correction procedure in which a permanent lens is implanted in the eye. Visian ICL provides crisp, clear vision and is an alternative to laser eye surgery.
You may find that you are a good candidate for several different types of vision correction, including newer vision correction procedures. In this case, you will need to discuss the pros and cons of each type of surgery with your doctor to find the best vision correction option for you. Factors you will need to think about are cost, recovery time, risks of surgery, and the likely outcome of each type of vision correction surgery.