As a well‑respected leader in vision correction surgery, Clemson Eye surgeons offer multiple excellent solutions to treat your nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or age‑related near vision‑loss (presbyopia).
Along with LASIK and ASA/PRK, the eye surgeons at Clemson Eye perform Implantable Contact Lenses (ICLs), Corneal Inlays and Refractive Lens Exchanges (RLEs).
Our eye doctors always take the time to discuss with you the very best options for your specific situation and long‑term eye health. Having served the Upstate for more than 40 years, our surgeons and medical team enjoy an exceptional record of excellent outcomes. We are dedicated to your vision for life.
Consultations for any of these vision-correction procedures are free and take up to 60 minutes. Our LASIK center is located in Greenville, but you are welcome to book your free consultation at any of our locations in Greenville, Anderson, Easley or Clemson.
Implantable Contact Lenses
Soft implantable contact lenses (ICLs) can restore vision in people who suffer from moderate to severe nearsightedness, dry eye or have thin corneas. They are an excellent alternative to LASIK if you are not a good LASIK candidate. ICLs are implantable soft collamer lenses that are surgically placed into the eye. If necessary, for example if your prescription changes or you develop an eye disease, ICLs can be easily removed. More than 500,000 ICLs have been implanted in patients worldwide, with excellent visual outcomes.
The Kamra corneal inlay for reading vision corrects age-related near-vision loss called presbyopia, which starts to occur in our 40s. As our eyes age, they lose the ability to change focus from distance to near objects. That’s when we start to need reading glasses. The Kamra corneal inlay is thinner than a single cell on the surface of the cornea and smaller than a contact lens. Only necessary in one eye, it is an implant that restores near and intermediate vision by using a tiny microscopic ring with a tiny central aperture. The Kamra procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes. Over 15,000 inlays have been inserted worldwide.
Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery
Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery (RLE) is ideal if you struggle with near focus and astigmatism. Your natural lens is surgically removed and replaced with either a full-focus or astigmatism-correcting lens implant. These are the same advanced intraocular lens implants used in laser-assisted cataract surgery. The full-focus lens implant will provide a range of vision, from near-to-far away. The astigmatism-correcting lens will correct your mid and far distance. As an added bonus, after RLE, you will never develop a cataract. Surgeons at Clemson Eye have performed more than 7,000 advanced refractive lens exchange surgeries to reduce patients’ dependence on glasses.
ASA / PRK
ASA (advanced surface ablation), also known as PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), was the most popular refractive procedure before LASIK entered the medical field. Both ASA and LASIK are considered “laser eye surgery”, but the procedures are slightly different. ASA is accomplished with an Excimer laser, which uses a UV beam to quickly and precisely remove minuscule bits of tissue from the cornea to reshape it, refocus light on the retina and restore your vision. The procedure takes only minutes. ASA patients, however, take longer to recover than LASIK patients. They usually require days or sometimes weeks. ASA can be a good alternative for those not considered good LASIK candidates, for example those with thin corneas. ASA and LASIK outcomes are similar. Most Clemson Eye patients achieve 20/20 or better vision with ASA or LASIK.
Options for Your Best Visual Health
All of these vision correction procedures, including LASIK, are safe and fast. Recovery is generally quick or takes only a few days, depending on the procedure you choose. There are no bandages or stitches required for any of them. You are a vision correction candidate if:
- You’re 18 years or older.
- You do not have an eye disease.
- Your prescription has not changed for at least a year.
Our eye doctors always take the time to discuss with you the very best options for your specific situation and long-term eye health. Consultations for any of these vision correction procedures are free and take just 60 minutes. Screenings are available at any of our locations in Greenville, Anderson, Easley or Clemson.