Common LASIK Alternatives

LASIK Alternatives - Hudson Valley


Jul 6, 2015 @ 09:00 AM — by Richard Gordon
Tagged with: Lasik | Glasses | Contacts | Prk |

A man in a black sweater wearing glassesNow more than ever, patients with nearsighted, farsighted, and astigmatic vision have a number of safe and effective treatment options available to them. LASIK surgery has become an increasingly popular option due to its ability to permanently correct patients’ vision, and even eliminate their need for corrective lenses. However, some patients wish to avoid a surgical procedure or are not considered good candidates for LASIK surgery. At Palisades Laser Eye Center, Dr. Richard Gordon can recommend a range of non-surgical and surgical LASIK alternatives to patients in the Hudson Valley.

Non-surgical Alternatives

Patients who wish to avoid surgery or want to keep the initial cost of treatment low may be best suited to the non-surgical treatment of refractive errors.

Glasses

Glasses are the most common treatment for blurry vision. They offer a number of benefits to patients. In addition to providing clear vision, it takes just a moment to slip them on. They are also relatively inexpensive, and last for many years. However, many patients don’t like the appearance of glasses, feel that they are too cumbersome, or tend to misplace their glasses.

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are ideal for patients who don’t like wearing glasses. They provide clear vision and the cost of each pair of lenses is fairly low. However, they do have some drawbacks, including:

  • They may feel uncomfortable for some patients
  • They take a few minutes to apply in the morning, and take out in the evening
  • They require routine cleaning
  • They are associated with regular costs, including replacement lenses and cleaning solutions

Surgical Alternatives

If you desire a more permanent treatment for your refractive errors, and wish to avoid the use of visual aids, a surgical LASIK alternative may be right for you. While the upfront cost of these procedures may seem high, the lifetime costs of glasses and contact lenses can actually exceed the cost of these surgical procedures.

PRK

PRK surgery is performed in the same manner as LASIK, with one key difference: the technique used to access the underlying corneal layer. In PRK, the epithelial layer is removed, and then naturally grows back during the next few days. In LASIK, a flap is created in the outer layer of the cornea; once surgery is complete, the flap is put back into place, and the incisions heal on their own. While the LASIK technique results in less discomfort and quicker healing, there are disadvantages that may affect some patients. The use of the flap requires that the patient have a sufficiently thick cornea. If you have a thin cornea, you may be better suited to PRK. In addition, the flap is associated with some complications. By undergoing PRK, you prevent any flap complications from occurring.

Implantable Lenses

Implantable lenses may be permanently placed in the eyes to improve vision. During this procedure, lenses can be implanted in the eyes to correct vision errors.

To find out if you are a good candidate for one of these LASIK alternatives, contact Palisades Laser Eye Center today.