At TLC Laser Eye Centers, our team of laser eye surgeons believes that everyone deserves to enjoy the benefits of clear vision. LASIK surgery is a highly effective and popular means of correcting refractive errors. However, not everyone is an ideal candidate for LASIK due to having irregularly shaped corneas, thin corneas, dry eye syndrome, or related concerns. Our Toronto, ON, practice provides several LASIK alternatives, including photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and implantable contact lenses. Although these procedures require a longer recovery time, they can help patients achieve results similar to what LASIK can provide. Our doctors will conduct a complete eye exam to determine the safest and most effective procedure for you.
Although these procedures require a longer recovery time, they can help patients achieve results similar to what LASIK can provide.
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
Photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, is similar to LASIK. It is usually recommended to those with thin corneas. Instead of creating a corneal flap, your doctor will completely remove the epithelial (outer) layer of the cornea. Next, the stroma (inner corneal layer) is reshaped using a laser. PRK is used for treating farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. Your doctor may also recommend it as a way to make refinements after LASIK surgery.
Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
LASIK cannot always treat extreme nearsightedness or farsightedness. In those cases, an implantable contact lens, or ICL, may be the best option. Your doctor will position a carefully selected artificial lens behind the natural lens inside your eye. Recovery is typically quick and involves little discomfort. Many ICL recipients experience 20/20 vision or better.
IEK and DSEK
If you have a severely damaged, diseased, or misshapen cornea, you may be a candidate for a corneal transplant. Though conventional transplant surgeries require extensive recovery, we offer the state-of-the-art IEK (intralase enabled keratoplasty) and DSAEK (Descemet’s stripping automatic endothelial keratoplasty) procedures. Both options provide distinct advantages. With IEK, your surgeon will prepare both the donor tissue and your cornea with a femtosecond laser. This allows the cornea to fit more precisely, and results in a much lower risk for astigmatism. DSAEK utilizes a smaller portion of donor tissue, resulting in a smaller incision and a faster recovery.
The team at TLC Laser Eye Centers has made it their mission to help every patient experience clear vision. If you have been told that you are not a LASIK candidate, we can educate you about these LASIK alternatives, help you weigh the benefits of LASIK vs. PRK, and determine which alternative would be best for your unique needs. Contact our practice online today and schedule a consultation. You can also call us at (519) 888-4502.