PRK (PhotoRefractive Keratectomy)
Is a type of laser treatment to the surface of the eye that entails no flap creation. Instead, the surgeon uses a laser to reshape the cornea. A simpler procedure than LASIK, PRK also has less potential for complications, however recovery takes a little longer than because the outer layer of the cornea needs time to heal. It’s particularly suitable for correcting lower degrees of short-sightedness and astigmatism, and may also be recommended for people with thin corneas or chronically dry eyes.
RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange)
Also called lens replacement surgery or clear lens extraction, involves making a small incision at the edge of the cornea to remove the natural lens of the eye and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens to correct your refractive error and achieve sharper focus, reducing your need for reading glasses or bifocals. The procedure is an advanced form of cataract surgery as the inserted lens is technologically superior with far more accurate results.
RLE may be a better option than LASIK or PRK surgery for people with severe nearsightedness or farsightedness or for patients over the age of 50, as the natural lens is losing its ability to focus and the age of cataract is approaching. It therefore makes more sense to replace the natural lens than to perform a laser procedure.
Somnio offers clients RLE at the Brightview Center at Bangkok Hospital Phuket. With a decade of extensive experience in Refractive Lens Exchange, the BrightView Center boasts more than 1,000 procedures achieved with proven clinical outcome.