By Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.A. on December 07, 2012
Before you decide that LASIK is the ideal vision correction treatment option for you, make sure you consider all of the LASIK alternatives that are available. The Wilmington laser vision correction surgeons at Eye Physicians and Surgeons, PA, can determine and recommend a treatment that is suitable for your optical condition and lifestyle.
What Is LASIK?
LASIK is one of the safest and most commonly performed surgical eye care procedures around the globe. The virtually painless laser-assisted procedure is designed to improve the eye’s focusing power and, in most cases, is known to restore a patient’s vision to 20/20 or better. LASIK works by adjusting the shape of the cornea to diminish common vision disorders like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Alternatives to LASIK
Our Wilmington eye care specialists offer several LASIK alternatives. Some of the most popular alternate options include the following non-surgical and surgical treatments:
Traditional Glasses: Monofocal and progressive lenses can improve your ability to see at a wide variety of ranges. You must have your eyes evaluated regularly to ensure your prescription remains up-to-date as your eyesight continues to evolve.
Contact Lenses: Customized contact lenses can be developed for patients who cannot or choose not to undergo LASIK or other laser vision correction procedures. Wearing contact lenses is a convenient, less expensive alternative to LASIK that improves your ability to see clearly. However, depending on the type and brand of contact lens you use, you could end up spending more money replacing them than if you were to pay a one-time fee for laser eye surgery.
Surgical Alternatives to LASIK
There are many types of LASIK and several forms of eye surgery, which are safe and successful at enhancing the quality of your vision. Depending on what eye condition you suffer from or which eye disease you may have, the doctors at Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.A. can identify which eye surgery will work most effectively. Some forms of and additional alternatives to the revolutionary treatment include:
- Custom Wavefront LASIK
- Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL Surgery)
- Conductive Keratoplasty
- Clear or Refractive Lens Exchange (Using IOLs)
Why Patients Choose LASIK
Unlike the recovery time required by patients who undergo PRK, LASEK, and other LASIK alternatives, our Wilmington LASIK patients are able to return to their normal routine with two to four days following treatment. Our doctors require patients to rest their eyes for at least 24 to 48 hours before engaging in any form of activity. Additionally, LASIK can be performed on both eyes during a single visit, which cuts down on the amount of money usually spent for operative care and makes treatment even more convenient for patients and surgeons.
Contact Us about LASIK Alternatives
LASIK is not ideal for every patient, so it is important that you undergo a comprehensive evaluation prior to undergoing treatment. Contact Eye Physicians and Surgeons, PA, to schedule your consultation and comprehensive eye examination today.
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