Not Eligible for LASIK? Achieve Clear Vision with These Options

LASIK in ScarboroughLASIK is a laser eye surgery that is effective at correcting refractive errors such as nearsightedness. Not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure; fortunately, there are options available to patients that will still allow them to achieve the clear vision they desire. When it comes to eye care, safety, ideal outcomes, and improvements in the patient’s quality of life are a few of Dr. Stein’s main priorities. He has performed thousands of laser vision correction surgeries and is committed to delivering excellent results. Continue reading to learn more about your options for improving your vision.

Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive lens exchange, also known as clear lens extraction (CLE), may be an option if you have been told you are not eligible for LASIK. This procedure corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and age-related farsightedness and is often recommended to patients in their 50s who enjoy good eye health. RLE involves removing the eye’s natural lens before replacing it with an artificial lens, referred to as an intraocular lens (IOL), essentially eliminating the risk of developing cataracts in the future. In this way, it is like cataract surgery, except with RLE, the lens being replaced is still clear. Patients can choose from a range of IOLs, including those that correct for distance vision and those that provide clear vision up close.

Implantable Contact Lenses

As the name suggests, implantable contact lenses (ICLs) are lenses that are inserted into the eye where they can correct vision. This option provides predictable and stable results, making it an excellent LASIK alternative. The Visian ICL is FDA-approved and treats a range of myopic correction needs. The ICL is an additive technology, meaning there is no corneal tissue removed during the procedure. Instead, it requires placing the ICL in front of the eye’s natural lens.


Photorefractive keratectomy is a refractive surgery that treats vision issues related to refractive errors. During PRK treatment, a laser is used to alter the shape of the cornea, which drastically improves how light waves are focused, leading to crisp vision. This option is ideal for those who are prone to dry eyes and for individuals with corneas that are too thin for LASIK. Likewise, PRK may be a better option for patients who lead very active lifestyles because, unlike LASIK, it does not involve the creation of a corneal flap, which can become accidentally dislodged while being highly active.

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