What are the Alternatives to Laser Eye Surgeries?

What are the Alternatives to Laser Eye Surgeries?

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What are the Alternatives to Laser Eye Surgeries?

Laser eye surgeries have gained popularity and becoming more popular day by day, as patients can do away with contact lenses and glasses. The reason of popularity of laser eye surgeries is fewer side effects associated with these in compare to conventional older methods. But for some individuals laser eye surgery may not be suitable (for some reason) and some individuals may not want to undergo laser eye surgery. In this type of situation it is important to explore the alternatives to laser surgery and use them instead of using laser eye surgeries.

Alternatives to laser eye surgeries include lensectomy (removal of natural lens of the eye), phakic IOL (intra ocular lens), intra-corneal rings, ICL (intraocular contact lens), radial keratotomy, astigmatic keratotomy, automated lamellar keratoplasty (ALK), myopic or hyperopic epikeratophakia etc.


This is removal of natural lens (which may be done due to cataract or other reasons) and implantation of an intraocular lens (IOL) for correcting vision after removal of natural lens. The main disadvantage of lensectomy is that high power vision corrections can not be done with intraocular lens implants after lensectomy. IOL also can not correct astigmatism satisfactorily.

Intraocular contact lens implant:

This is implantation/insertion of a contact lens without removing the natural lens of the eye. ICL can overcome many of the shortcomings of intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, such as satisfactory correction of astigmatism, correction of high power myopia (both of which can not corrected by intraocular lens insertion).

Intra-corneal ring insertion:

This is insertion of plastic rings that are placed in the cornea for correction of vision. The intra-corneal plastic rings cause flattening of central part of cornea, which helps in correcting vision. This technique can mainly correct myopia or nearsightedness. The intra-corneal plastic rings can be removed if required and the cornea returns to the preoperative state, but at the same time the vision problems also returns.

Radial keratotomy:

This is a corrective surgical procedure on cornea to correct ametropia. Ametropia is a condition of the eye in which condition images fail to come to a proper focus on the retina due to difference between refractive power of the eye and the size of the eye. Ametropia may be myopia, astigmatism and hypermetropia. Radial keratotomy is a procedure which to reduce the central curvature of the cornea for correcting vision, usually be removing a slice of the cornea.

Astigmatic keratotomy:

This is a type of modified radial keratotomy (RK). This is used for treatment of astigmatism only.

Myopic or hyperopic epikeratophakia:

This procedure involves modification or correction of refractive error by transplantation of a part of donor cornea on the front side of patient’s cornea, for correction of myopia or hyperopia.

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