What To Do If You Cannot Have LASIK

What To Do If You Cannot Have LASIK

LASIK eye surgery has revolutionized vision correction for thousands of patients with its state-of-the-art technology, but that doesn’t mean it can work for everyone. Fortunately, there are other solutions available if you can’t have LASIK that will deliver similar, high quality results.

What Factors Can Disqualify You From Having LASIK?

  • Pregnancy/breastfeeding
  • Unstable vision
  • Persistent dry eyes
  • Autoimmune diseases (slower healing, increase of risk and infection)
  • Thin or irregular corneas
  • Extreme cases of nearsightedness

What Are My Alternatives?

If you are not a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery at the moment, ask your doctor about:

  • Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK): Custom PRK is a laser surgery procedure that can be used to fix nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Unlike LASIK, where a flap is created in the cornea to access the surgery site, PRK involves removing the epithelial layer of the cornea and letting it grow back naturally. This works well for patients who have thin or irregular corneas, or suffer from dry eyes, as it is less disruptive to the corneal nerves. Although it has a slightly longer healing time of around 4 days, where you will have to keep your eyes gently bandaged and use steroidal eye drops, it offers a similar dramatic increase in your vision.
  • LASEK: This procedure essentially combines LASIK with PRK, allowing the surgeon to remove less of the cornea during the procedure.       This results in a slightly more comfortable and less intensive recovery, although your eyes will still have to be bandaged and medicated with steroidal eye drops. It is often recommended to patients with thin corneas.
  • Implantable contact lenses (IPL): Very similar to cataract surgery, this procedure allows the surgeon to place a permanent lens inside your eye without removing your natural lens. This is often recommended to patients with extreme cases of nearsightedness or inadequate amounts of corneal tissue, as it doesn’t require the removal of corneal tissue. The results of this suture-free and almost pain-free surgery are dramatic and rapid, but you will have to use eye drops for several weeks. 

Find Out If You Are An Eye Surgery Candidate With Our Free Eye Exam

At The Laser Center of Coral Gables, all of our clients qualify for a free eye exam and consultation about LASIK vision correction. We will give you a full assessment, answer any questions you have about LASIK eye surgery, our state-of-the-art vision correction equipment and the surgery costs. We would love to talk to you about our extremely affordable financing options. If you require treatment or surgery, our eye surgeons can offer you the most advanced procedures to treat your eye condition, helping to restore your vision and improving quality of life. If you have any questions or want to find out more about our clinic, please contact us today.

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