Sometimes after we have evaluated your eyes for LASIK, we find for various reasons that your vision would be better corrected by other procedures. Reasons may include corneas that are too thin, or refractive errors (prescriptions) that are outside the range of what LASIK can correct. For some individuals, lifestyle or vision goals could mean that a LASIK alternative procedure would be better suited to correct your vision. Fortunately, our doctors provide many other options to achieve the best visual outcome. Our clinic performs many modern variations of LASIK alternative procedures.
The various laser and laser-alternative procedures are outlined below:
|Full name||Laser-assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis||Photorefractive Keratectomy||Refractive Lens Exchange||Implantable Collamer Lens|
|15-20 min Procedure?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Initial Recovery Time?||Quick||3-5 days||1-3 days||Quick|
|Reasons against procedure||-Thin Cornea-Large Pupil-Dry Eye||-Thin Cornea-Dry Eye|
|Treats myopia? (nearsightedness)||Mild to moderate||Mild to moderate||Mild to severe||Moderate to Severe|
|Treats hyperopia? (farsightedness)||Mild to moderate||Mild to moderate||Moderate to severe||No|
|Treats Astigmatism?||Mild to moderate||Mild to moderate||Mild to moderate||Yes, with LVC|
|Option if have keratoconus?||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Additional Info||May provide UV protection||Provides UV Protection|
Very professional and friendly. I have been here twice in the last two years and I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Staff was informative and caring. They explained what to expect at every step of the procedure. Lots of caring and information.
The entire staff at MEI was very kind and professional. I highly recommend them for your eye care. Very friendly!