The Laser Suite at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists
Providence Eye & Laser Specialists is like no other vision correction practice in the Charlotte region. We know that your vision is unique to you. Although LASIK eye surgery may be what you think you need, only a laser vision correction surgeon can recommend a safe procedure that will deliver you a long-lasting optimal result. If LASIK is not right for you, Providence Eye is proud to offer multiple proven FDA-approved LASIK alternatives.
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Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is the most common LASIK alternative. PRK is an alternative to LASIK for medical reasons such as thin corneas or lifestyle reasons like the risk of blunt force to the eye. The most important fact is the end result of PRK is the same as LASIK.
Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) is an alternative to LASIK for patients with a variety of conditions such as moderate to severe nearsightedness, thin corneas, large pupils or persistent dry eye and are under the age of 45.
Contoura Vision Topography Guided LASIK or PRK (Contoura Vision) is the next innovative level of customization for LASIK and PRK surgery. Contoura Vision is the Wavelight® Topolyzer VARIO Diagnostic Device (VARIO) in conjunction with our Wavelight EX500 laser. Although not all patients are good candidates for, or will benefit from Contoura Vision, all patients will be evaluated and given the option of this additional level of customization if appropriate.
Providence Eye has been offering monovision with LASIK vision correction for many patients since opening in 2003. However, advancements in technology have made it a much better option. Monovision will be explained and offered as a potential vision outcome for all patients who are over the age of 40, the age when presbyopia typically becomes evident.
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), also known as clear lens exchange, may be an excellent LASIK alternative for patients who are severely farsighted, experiencing presbyopia, have the onset of cataracts and/or are looking for a more permanent solution without waiting for cataract surgery.