If you aren't an ideal candidate for LASIK, there are other vision correction options that may work for you and provide you with better vision. Speak with your doctor about the best choice based on your individual eye health, age and other physical and lifestyle factors.
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
Until recently, if you were one of the millions of people with a refractive error (which means that light rays do not focus precisely on the retina, causing you to be nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatic), eyeglasses and contact lenses were the only options for correcting vision. But with the development of refractive surgery, some people today can have their vision corrected through refractive surgery.
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is one of several refractive surgery procedures used to permanently change the shape of the cornea to improve the way it focuses light on the retina.
PRK is an outpatient procedure performed with topical anesthetic eyedrops. It takes only about 15 minutes. Because no incisions are made, the procedure does not weaken the structure of the cornea.
Refractive Lens Exchange
When LASIK and other refractive procedures are eliminated as an option for correcting a patient's nearsightedness or farsightedness, refractive lens exchange is a great alternative. The surgeon will remove the natural lens of the eye and replace it with a new, pre-calculated lens implant.