Like all medical procedures, there are guidelines for proper candidacy. LASIK eye surgery is the latest in vision correction technology, but that doesn’t mean it works for everyone. Patients do not qualify for LASIK in cases where the cornea is too thin or the patient has undergone a previous eye surgery. A procedure called photorefractive keratectomy, otherwise known as PRK, and phakic IOL procedures, such as the Visian ICL, are alternatives for those who do not fit the LASIK criteria.
PRK was developed prior to LASIK eye surgery and is still performed today. PRK is slightly different than LASIK but still ensrues vision correction. During LASIK, a femtosecond laser is used to create a thin flap on the cornea. Once the flap has been lifted, the excimer laser reshapes the cornea which corrects myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. The corneal flap is placed back on the eye completing the surgery. With PRK, the thin layer of the cornea is completely removed and discarded. Like LASIK, the excimer laser corrects the vision impediment. Whereas the corneal layer has been removed, the healing process takes longer. To learn more about the pros and cons of PRK, please click here.
Visian ICL is another vision correction procedure much different than LASIK and PRK. ICL stands for implantable collamer lens. It is inserted into the eye in order to correct vision. This procedure is excellent for vision correction candidates with very thin corneas and those with “coke bottle” glasses for nearsightedness. Dr. Feinerman is an expert on the Visian ICL procedure in Newport Beach. For more on the Visian ICL, click here.