LASIK is a safe, effective and stable procedure. While there may be a million reasons to have LASIK, there may be some conditions that exclude some people. Benjamin Eye Institute patients will be thoroughly screened and if, during your consultation these conditions are assessed, Dr. Benjamin will recommend one of many effective alternatives to LASIK. Your individual vision needs will merit the solutions we arrive at from our consultation. We don’t just treat your vision issues, we treat you.
These conditions include:
- Thin corneas
- Corneal scarring
- A history of dry eye
- A high degree of refractive errors
- Large pupils
For those patients who are not good candidates for LASIK, Arthur Benjamin, MD offers alternatives for Los Angeles area patients seeking better vision. In this section we will shed light on some of the alternatives available at our practice.
- Visian ICL
ICLs or implantable Contact Lens are also known as permanent contact lenses. This surgery option is very different from LASIK, which involves laser removal of microscopic pieces of corneal tissue. ICLs are devices that work with your eyes natural lens to yield clear vision at all distances. A small incision is created in the eye, and then the ICL is placed to work in congress with your existing lens. Depending on the type of lens that is implanted, the incision may be allowed to self-heal or it will be closed with dissolvable sutures. Patients that undergo ICL surgery typically achieve improved vision within a day.
PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy is similar to LASIK in that the same type of excimer laser is used, but a corneal flap is not created. Instead, a laser beam is applied directly to the surface of the eye to reshape the cornea. PRK is used less frequently because of the development of LASIK, but in some individual cases, PRK may still be the procedure of choice. The primary healing may take several days longer than that of LASIK, but the long term effects are the same.
- Clear Lens Replacement (CLR)
Clear Lens Replacement surgery is typically suggested for individuals experiencing presbyopia or extreme farsightedness (hyperopia), for whom LASIK or PRK are not suitable. If you have both presbyopia and moderate to severe hyperopia, a clear lens replacement may be the only viable option for clear vision and nominal reliance on glasses following your refractive surgery.
Clear (refractive) lens exchange surgery also can correct myopia (nearsightedness), but generally it is not recommended when LASIK or PRK are still viable options.
Safe, positive and lasting results are our goal. We take pride in the fact that we are not just a LASIK center where everyone by default is a "great candidate for LASIK."
We confidently offer a complete range of refractive procedures and will only recommend and perform a procedure that's right for you.
At Benjamin Eye Institute we believe that while there is no perfect procedure, there is one that's perfect for you. We urge you to learn all the options available so that you can make the most informed decision.
Looking for more information about LASIK Alternatives in Los Angeles, California? Reach out to us at Benjamin Eye Institute 310.275.5533