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How do I choose between Lasik, ICL, and RLE?

So many choices! How do I choose between Lasik, ICL, and RLE?

Choosing the correct refractive procedure depends on various factors, including your eye prescription, corneal thickness, lifestyle, and personal preferences. Here is a brief overview of each option to help you make an informed decision:

  1. LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis):
    • Procedure: A laser reshapes the cornea, allowing light to focus precisely on the retina.
    • Recovery: Typically faster compared to other procedures (1-2 days).
    • Suitable for: Mild to moderate nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
  2. PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy):
    • Procedure: Similar to LASIK, it involves removing the cornea’s outer layer (epithelium)  before reshaping it.
    • Recovery: Longer initial recovery compared to LASIK (4-7 week days).
    • Suitable for: Individuals with thin corneas, mild to moderate nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
  3. ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens):
    • Procedure: A thin lens is implanted between the natural lens and the iris.
    • Recovery: Typically quick with minimal discomfort (1-3 days).
    • Suitable for: Moderate to severe nearsightedness, especially for those with thin corneas or dry eyes.
  4. RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange):
    • Procedure: Similar to cataract surgery, the natural lens is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL).
    • Recovery: Similar to cataract surgery; may take a bit longer compared to LASIK or ICL (3-5 days).
    • Suitable for: Typically used for presbyopia (50 years old and above) or if early signs of cataracts are developing.

Factors to Consider:

  • Prescription: The severity of your refractive error.
  • Corneal Thickness: Some procedures require a minimum corneal thickness.
  • Stability of Prescription: Your prescription should be stable for at least a year.
  • Age: Some procedures are more suitable for certain age groups.
  • Eye Health: Conditions like dry eyes may affect your choice.
  • Cost: The price will vary per procedure you are a candidate for, this will be discussed during your consultation.

Consultation with an Eye Care Professional:

  • Schedule a comprehensive eye exam with an experienced ophthalmologist or refractive surgeon.
  • Discuss your lifestyle, expectations, and concerns.
  • Your doctor will assess your eye health and recommend the most suitable option.

Each procedure has its pros and cons, and the best choice depends on your unique circumstances. Be sure to consult with a qualified eye care professional here at Fraser Valley Cataract and Laser who can provide personalized advice based on your specific situation. Find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK, ICL, or RLE. Book your consultation at www.bclasik.ca today!  

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