Emerging Refractive Surgery
It appears that LASIK will remain the predominant refractive surgery procedure for the foreseeable future. The combination of speed, comfort, quick visual recovery, and low risk of complications makes LASIK the most attractive option for most people who seek surgical vision correction.
However, not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK, and some people might benefit from an alternative vision correction procedure, especially those individuals with thin corneas or high refractive errors. Also, LASIK cannot correct presbyopia, a vision condition affecting over 100 million older Americans.
New refractive surgery techniques are being developed to address these challenges, including a variation of LASIK called PresbyLASIK that may some day be an alternative to monovision LASIK for the correction of presbyopia.
Other emerging and alternative refractive surgery procedures include:
- Phakic Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)
- Clear Lens Extraction (CLE) a/k/a Refractive Lens Exchange
- Intracorneal Implants & Inlays