LASIK Alternatives

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This procedure uses a laser to sculpt the surface of the cornea. Unlike LASIK, a corneal flap is not created. PRK at Westlake Eye in Austin is especially effective in treating lower to moderate levels of hyperopia and myopia, both with and without astigmatism.

Chart showing how PRK works


LASEK at Westlake Eye in Austin is a variation of PRK, and is used when the cornea is too flat or this to undergo LASIK surgery. During LASEK, the surface of the cornea (epithelium) is removed with alcohol and saved to be replaced after the laser is applied. After the surface is removed, the laser is pulsed into the eye until the desired correction is achieved. The epithelial layer is placed back onto the eye, and a bandage contact lens is applied to help the healing process.


Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) is a procedure that can treat low levels of farsightedness and presbyopia. Some patients experience mild discomfort and light sensitivity for the few days following the procedure. At Westlake Eye in Austin, there are few complications associated with CK. The effects of this procedure lessen with age, so it may need to be done every few years to maintain results.

Chart showing CK surgery


Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) are like implantable contact lenses. They enable patients to see at more than one distance, without glasses and contact lenses. Some patients with refractive errors outside of what LASIK can treat, or that have a cataract, removal of the natural lens and implantation of an intraocular lens may restore sight. There are different kinds of lenses available at Westlake Eye in Austin and Kyle, TX, depending on what the patient needs to improve sight.

Chart showing IOL surgery