Another Path to Vision Correction

Obtain vision correction with alternative procedures to LASIK eye surgery. Filutowski Eye Institute, formerly the Filutowski Cataract & LASIK Institute, offers refractive surgery methods that are preferable over LASIK eye surgery in 10% of our patients.

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

Using the same excimer laser as LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) removes a small portion of tissue from the front of the cornea to correct your vision. Unlike LASIK eye surgery, no flap is made causing some people to refer to the procedure as “surface LASIK.” This procedure may be recommended as a better option to achieve outcomes similar to LASIK.

Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)

Implanting a small soft lens, known as the Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL), inside the eye and behind the iris can correct high levels of nearsightedness. This refractive eye surgery is performed on an outpatient basis using anesthetic eye drops to ensure comfort during the procedure. Because the ICL is placed behind the iris, it’s not noticeable to the naked eye.

The Implantable Collamer Lens offers excellent quality of vision with the potential to last a lifetime. ICL candidates are between 21 and 45 years old on average with moderate to severe myopia.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

Similar to cataract surgery, the Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) replaces your natural lens with an implant to correct refraction of light. RLE may be a better option than LASIK surgery for patients who need higher degrees of correction, or are advanced in age or have Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome. RLE offers a more stable and long-lasting result for high quality vision while eliminating the need for cataract surgery in the future.

Vision Options for Patients Over 45 Years old

Beginning around age 45, we typically notice vision changes which cause many of us to reach for reading glasses.  This age-related change is called Presbyopia. It is a result of a progressive loss of the ability to refocus from far to near, that finally catches up with us. Filutowski Cataract and LASIK Institute offers options for Presbyopia.

Distance Vision in Both Eyes

This options gives patients their best overall distance vision following LASIK surgery or Refractive Lens Exchange. Nearsighted patients accustomed to removing glasses to see items up close will now need to wear reading glasses. By opting for distance vision in both eyes, you gain clear vision for distance. After surgery you will, however, require reading glasses for closeup work and activities.


Monovision is a great solution allowing for both near and far vision. One eye is corrected for near vision, the other for distance vision. We usually set your dominant eye to distance vision and the non-dominant eye to see up close. Monovision correction should meet the majority of your visual needs.

You may still need glasses for visually demanding activities, such as driving at night or reading in low light, and your depth perception may decrease in some instances. Monovision can be reversed most of the time if you are unhappy with your vision.

Multifocal Vision

RLE with Multifocal Lens Implant offers good distance and near vision in each eye. After receiving the lens implant, you can see clearly at a distance or close up. Some initial nighttime visual side effects usually resolve quickly.

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