While there may be a million reasons to have LASIK, there may be some conditions that exclude some people. At Eye Specialists of Delaware, patients will be thoroughly screened for conditions that may affect LASIK candidacy. If any of these conditions are found, we’ll recommend one of many effective LASIK alternatives such as:
- Intraocular Collamer Lens Implants (Visian ICL™)
- Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
LASIK alternatives are determined by each individual patient’s unique vision needs.
Refractive Lens Exchange
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) may be recommended if your corneas are too thin for LASIK or if your eyes are too nearsighted or farsighted.
The procedure can also correct astigmatism and presbyopia. Presbyopia is a condition that occurs to most people over age 40. The eye’s natural lens gradually loses its ability to focus up close, making it necessary for a person to wear reading glasses or bifocals.
RLE is usually performed on people over age 40. RLE is the same surgical procedure as cataract surgery, except the patient’s clear lens is removed instead of a cloudy lens.