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Your LASIK surgeon, or would-be LASIK surgeon, has just recommended an intraocular lens implant or a clear lens exchange over LASIK because you aren't a good candidate for LASER surgery. Do you seek a second opinion from another LASIK doctor?
Phakic intraocular lens implants (IOLs), which eliminate the need for cataract surgery when you're in your 60s, are a non-surgical alternative to LASIK, and are typically recommended for people with thin corneas and high degrees of myopia. Note that phakic IOLs carry the risk of:
* increased chance of retinal detachment
* loss of cells in the epithelium, the layer covering the covering the cornea
* cataracts (ironically)
In some cases you might still need LASIK after an IOL procedure--the good news is that IOLs aren't permanent.
You should note that if you want multifocal vision correction, research on multifocal intraocular lens implants continues.
A recommendation of lens implants will tell you one thing: your LASIK doctor has access to and is willing to use the latest technology, and that's a definite plus.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|