Not a candidate for LASIK? The truth is that there’s no single type of vision correction that offers the best possible vision. It’s equally true, however, that there is usually a procedure that offers the best possible vision for you. With today’s laser and lens technology, you don’t have to struggle with the possibility of settling for the second-best option. It can be a wonderful revelation to those who are the best candidates for an ICL; there’s a possibility of vision for you that is even better than you could have had with LASIK. You should never have to worry whether you will get your best option because, in the right hands, that will be the only option.
Clear Lens Exchange vs. Lasik
Lasik is a popular option for people with poor eyesight that no longer want to use glasses or contact lenses. Unfortunately, LASIK is not an option for everyone because there are certain things such as corneal thickness and eye dryness that can prevent you from getting LASIK procedures.
Clear lens exchange, or refractive lens exchange, has a wider amount of people that can successfully go through the procedure. The refractive lens exchange simply allows an artificial lens to replace your natural lens. The procudure takes about 30 minutes and 12 weeks to heal fully.
Both are outpatient procedures and have high success rates.
Call 301-896-0890 for information regarding the pros and cons of LASIK vs. clear lens exhanges!
Implantable Contact Lens – EVO Visian ICL
Implantable Collamer Lenses, also often referred to as implantable contact lenses, were introduced a few decades ago as an astounding leap forward in refractive surgery. For the first time, people with exceptionally high lens prescriptions (high myopia) and those who lack sufficient corneal thickness to have LASIK could improve their vision to better than they’d ever seen. The only problem was, well, it felt like surgery. Today’s ICL procedure has the revolutionary ability to deliver the results of that surgery but in a procedure that takes 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Most patients see an improvement in eyesight immediately.
How Does EVO Visian ICL Work?
Collamer is a technologically advanced lens material that’s 100% compatible with your body’s chemistry, meaning it’ll be comfortable and you won’t feel it in your eye. Made of mostly water and collagen, the natural design of collamer is an outstanding refractive surface that remains quiet in the eye, even repelling substrates that might otherwise collect on its surface. Implantable Collamer Lenses also offer anti-reflectivity and UV protection.
How Safe Is EVO Visian ICL?
We consider a procedure safe if it is statistically on par with or safer than contact lenses. EVO ICLs have fewer infections per decade than are associated with contact lenses per month, but they aren’t as widely known. But just like flying in a commercial airplane versus riding in a car, there exist options for those who need them that are not only more convenient to get where you want to go, but oftentimes even safer — even if our familiarity with our daily habit makes it seem safer than it is.
Am I a Candidate?
EVO Visian ICL can often correct the eyesight of those who can’t undergo LASIK because of thin corneas, dry eyes, or unusually high refractive errors. If you fit the criteria below, you’re most likely a candidate for EVO Visian ICL:
- Between 21 and 45 years old
- No change in eyeglass prescription of more than 0.5D in a year
- Not pregnant
- Have thin corneas and dry eyes
- Have low and high refractive errors (as low as -3D to as high as -20D prescription)
Ready to find out if you’re a candidate?
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)
PRK is similar to LASIK but it corrects different parts of the cornea, leaves no permanent corneal flap, and may have a slightly longer recovery period. This procedure provides an alternative for patients whose corneas are too thin for LASIK and may also be an option for patients with dry eyes or diseases of the corneal surface.
What Is PRK?
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a refractive surgery that reshapes the cornea with a laser so the light entering the eye is focused on the retina to produce clear images.
How Does PRK Work?
During PRK surgery, the cornea’s outer layer (called the epithelial layer) is removed entirely to expose the area, whereas, in LASIK, a thin, hinged flap is created in the cornea. For both PRK and LASIK, the excimer laser is used to sculpt the cornea and correct the refractive error.
The PRK surgery time is usually about 10 minutes per eye and typically results in 20/20 vision. PRK recovery time can vary from several days to several weeks.
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Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
You may still love doing the same things you did 20 years ago, but you now may be experiencing issues with glare and blurry vision due to the normal aging of your eye lens. Refractive Len Exchange (RLE) is an effective LASIK alternative that could be a suitable option for you.
While natural vision changes are inevitable, with today’s advanced technology, our surgeons are able to:
- Stop the progression of dysfunctional lens syndrome
- Reduce or eliminate your dependency on glasses, bifocals, and/or readers
- Prevent you from developing a cataract
Who Is a Candidate for RLE?
RLE is an excellent solution for someone who is experiencing one or more of the following common visual changes:
- Difficulty reading without reading glasses or bifocals
- Difficulty seeing near objects
- Difficulty seeing while driving, especially at night
- Changing glasses prescriptions
- Diagnosis of early cataract formation
- High degree of farsightedness (hyperopia)
During your consultation, our surgeon will be able to assess if this is the best procedure for your eyes. Refractive lens exchange is a lifestyle choice to bring your normal activities into focus. Our refractive lens specialists will choose the lens that is right for you and that will best achieve your vision goals.
Ready to find out if you’re a candidate?
Request a Surgical Consultation
The first step in determining your candidacy for any procedure is to schedule a consultation and experience our comprehensive eye exam. This is the most complete eye exam available today and includes a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. Utilizing advanced diagnostic technology, our surgeons will not only evaluate your candidacy for a procedure but will look at the overall health of your eyes and establish a long-term plan for your best vision.
Please help us provide you with the best experience by answering a few quick questions, and one of our surgical counselors will assist you. If you are a current patient and/or have a medical concern or question, please contact us directly at 301-896-0890.
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The Visionary Eye Doctors Locations:
One Central Plaza
11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 1202
Rockville, MD 20852
Van Ness Center
4301 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 125
Washington, DC 20008
26135 Ridge Rd
Damascus, MD 20872
9707 Medical Center Dr #110
Rockville, MD 20850