What is the Difference Between LASIK, ICL, and RLE?
Many patients come to us who have considered LASIK for a long time. Many are surprised to find out at their consultation that there are actually several options beyond LASIK to correct vision! Many people are great LASIK candidates, but not everyone. At OMEG, we want to recommend the very best for you and we encourage you to have a consultation even when you may not be quite ready for surgery yet! It is helpful to know all of your options and the best procedure for you.
What is LASIK?
Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, also known as LASIK, is a popular vision correction procedure used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. If you experience these vision problems, more than likely you depend on glasses or contacts to help you see clearly. At OMEG, we recommend iLASIK for patients that want to reduce dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
We know that every eye is unique. And so, we provide iDESIGN custom wavefront-guided LASIK at OMEG. This advanced technology is tailored to every patient, and ensures the highest accuracy and optimal results are achieved.
Good candidates for LASIK include patients who:
- Are at least age 18
- Have a prescription for glasses or contacts that has not changed significantly in the past year
- Have good eye health, and good general health
- Are not pregnant or nursing
- Do not have a history of chronic dry eyes
During your consultation, we will get to know you better with additional questions about your lifestyle and your eyes. A doctor will conduct a thorough exam of your vision and chat with you to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery.
Take our LASIK self test to see if you are a good candidate for LASIK.
What is PRK?
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a vision correction surgery. Just like with LASIK, during PRK the doctor uses a laser to change the shape of your cornea to better focus light on your retina. Here at OMEG, we provide iDESIGN custom wave-front guided PRK to ensure accurate and optimal results. PRK is used to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. Unlike LASIK, there is no flap created.
PRK may be a better option than LASIK for patients who:
- Have thinner corneas
- Have a hobby or occupation that has a high risk of trauma (ie. a boxer)
- Have been diagnosed with a corneal condition
- Have extreme apprehension about creating a LASIK flap
What is iDESIGN technology?
The iDESIGN is an advanced wavefront analysis system that provides highly accurate measurements to help OMEG’s patients achieve excellent results from visual correction or refractive surgery. These measurements allow your doctor to provide custom wavefront-guided surgery, which basically means that your surgery will be customized specific to your eyes, and your eyes only.
Have you been told your prescription is too high for LASIK or PRK? Find out if ICL may be right for you!