LASIK Alternatives

LASIK Alternative: PRK, RLE & KAMRA® Inlay

PRK, RLE  & KAMRA® Inlay Doctor in Florence:
Howard N. Greene, MD

Contact us at 843.664.9393 today to schedule a free LASIK consultation.

Even if you wear glasses or contacts and have a friend or family member with the same lens prescription who has had successful LASIK, you still may not be a good candidate for the procedure. Thin corneas and overall eye health may make you a better candidate for PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) or RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange).

Alternatively, if you are over age 40 and are experiencing changes in your reading vision, you may have a condition called presbyopia that may be correctable with the KAMRA inlay.

Similarities and Differences Between PRK and LASIK

PRK uses the same excimer laser for reshaping corneal tissue to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. The difference between PRK and LASIK is in the first step of the procedure.

Rather than creating a corneal flap as in LASIK, PRK involves the removal of the most superficial microns of surface layer corneal tissue. This allows access to the underlying tissue for corneal reshaping. Because there is no corneal flap to replace, the eye will need time to heal as the cornea regrows its surface cells.

PRK Recovery

PRK uses the same excimer laser for reshaping corneal tissue to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. The difference between PRK and LASIK is in the first step of the procedure.

Rather than creating a corneal flap as in LASIK, PRK involves the removal of the most superficial microns of surface layer corneal tissue. This allows access to the underlying tissue for corneal reshaping. Because there is no corneal flap to replace, the eye will need a little more time to heal as the cornea regrows its surface cells.

RLE

If you have severe farsightedness and/or presbyopia (the need for reading glasses) RLE may be a better option than LASIK.

In a Refractive Lens Exchange procedure the natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). There are different IOLs to choose from; the best-fitting one will depend on your unique vision challenges and lifestyle. RLE with the right IOL can minimize or eliminate your need for reading glasses.

This procedure can be performed on clear lenses before cataracts begin to form as well as with cataracts even if they are not yet affecting your vision. Because cataracts will not form on a replacement IOL lens, many people choose this option to improve their vision early, thus eliminating the need for cataract surgery in the future.

RLE Procedure & Recovery

The procedure is the same as cataract surgery and takes about 15 minutes:

  • Only one eye is treated at a time
  • The procedure is done in our same day surgery center
  • An IV sedation and numbing eye drops help minimize discomfort
  • A small incision is made in the cornea to gently remove the natural lens
  • The pre-determined IOL is inserted

Recovery typically takes one week, but it may take longer to achieve your final, clear vision results.

Reading Glasses Solutions: KAMRA Inlay

Reading vision naturally begins to decline after age 40. This is because your eye’s natural crystalline lenses start to become less flexible, making it difficult for the eyes to focus on up-close objects. This condition is called presbyopia. Reading glasses can help, but wearing readers can be annoying, frustrating and even embarrassing for some people.

Luckily, there is now an FDA-approved alternative for reading glasses: the KAMRA Inlay.

The KAMRA inlay is an opaque micro-disk with a small hole in the center. Smaller than a contact lens, the disk is placed in the first few layers of the cornea of your non-dominant eye. This disk allows the eye to control light that enters the eye to allow for improved close-up vision without affecting distance vision.

KAMRA Inlay Procedure & Recovery

  • Numbing drops are placed in your non-dominant eye
  • A femtosecond laser is used to create a small pocket opening in your cornea
  • The inlay is gently placed into the eye
  • The incision heals naturally

To find out if LASIK, PRK, RLE, or the KAMRA Inlay is right for you, call 843.664.9393 to schedule a FREE  Consultation today.

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