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Have you spoken with an ophthalmologist who told you that you aren’t a good candidate for PRK or LASIK eye surgery? It might be disappointing to learn that you won’t be able to benefit from PRK or LASIK, especially if you are looking for a way to improve your eyesight. But, just because you aren’t a good candidate for LASIK, doesn’t mean that you will always have to deal with poor eyesight.

AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR PRK OR LASIK?

When speaking to your eye doctor, a few factors will be considered to determine if you can benefit from PRK or LASIK eye surgery. These are some of the requirements that must be met:

  • Are you in overall good health?
  • Are there any other eye conditions that could make you a poor candidate for eye surgery?
  • How long has your vision been stable?
  • How bad is your eyesight?

The best way to determine if you can benefit from PRK or LASIK eye surgery is to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor to discuss your vision. There are many people who have had this surgery, and the results are overwhelmingly positive. But, there are a few things that might disqualify you from having PRK or LASIK surgery, and your doctor will talk about other options that you might consider.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRK AND LASIK EYE SURGERY

If your eye doctor doesn’t recommend having LASIK surgery, then your eye doctor might suggest undergoing PRK surgery. If your corneas are too thin to have the corneal flap cut out and moved during LASIK surgery, then PRK might be a better option. PRK surgery is similar to LASIK, except the outside layer of the cornea is removed so that the doctor can reshape the corneal tissue below. Since there is no flap to be moved back into place, the body will automatically regenerate the corneal tissue after surgery is over.

Another option to consider is Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE). If someone has presbyopia or farsightedness, then they might benefit from this eye surgery. During this process, the doctor actually removes the lens from the eye and replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens. Like PRK and LASIK, this eye surgery is very common, and there are many people who have experienced wonderful results from this treatment method. Call Silverstein Eye Centers today to make an appointment for an eye exam.

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2 Responses to “NOT A CANDIDATE FOR PRK OR LASIK? CONSIDER THESE OTHER OPTIONS”
  1. Sandra Braswell says:

    I saw that you have a groupon out. What if I buy the groupon and am not a candidate for lasik or prk? will the groupon cover other kinds of procedures such as the refractive lens exchange? How much is initial eye exam appointment? Does groupon cover that?

    • Hi Sandra.

      Apologies for the late reply … If you buy the Groupon and are not a candidate, you will receive a refund from Groupon. It is only applicable to LASIK/PRK. The initial evaluation for LASIK/PRK is complimentary.

      If you’d like to discuss refractive lens exchange as an option, please call our office or we can discuss at your evaluation appointment.

      Thank you!

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