Alternatives to LASIK

If you aren't a good candidate for LASIK, we offer additional specialized vision correction options.

Implantable Collamer Lens

The implantable collamer lens (ICL) offers another option for treating myopia (“nearsightedness”). This small, foldable implantable lens is designed to remain permanently within the eye, although an eye surgeon can easily remove or replace it if the patient’s needs change.

There are many unique advantages to the ICL:

  • Provides excellent quality of vision with predictable, stable results, and requires no maintenance
  • The lens is invisible to others and cannot be felt while in the eye
  • Capable of correcting a wide range of nearsightedness, and is removable if necessary
  • Made of collamer (a soft, flexible lens material that contains a small amount of collagen), making the lens extremely biocompatible for a lifetime of clear vision
  • Maintains the natural focusing ability of the eye
Implantable Collamer Lens

Dr. Waggoner positions the ICL between the iris and the eye’s natural lens, where it works with your natural optical system to allow light to better focus on the retina.

The safety and effectiveness of the FDA-approved ICL implantation procedure has been proven with thousands of implants worldwide. Unlike corneal refractive surgery, the ICL does not permanently alter the structure of the eye. Instead, it is placed just in front of the eye’s natural lens, where it works with the natural lens to correct vision.

The ICL also features UV eye protection, assisting in the prevention of the development of various eye disorders. UV rays may contribute to the development of macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among older Americans, and cataracts, a major cause of visual impairment and blindness around the world.


Photorefractive Keratectomy is a type of refractive surgery that correct vision problems by reshaping the cornea. PRK may be a good alternative for those who suffer from chronic dry eye or who may be at higher risk of eye injury.