Which One Is Right for You?

The type of eye surgery that is best for you will depend on your individual needs and the condition of your eyes. It's important to consult with an ophthalmologist or an eye surgeon to determine the best course of treatment for you. They will conduct an examination of your eyes and discuss your medical history with you to determine the best type of surgery for your specific condition. They may also recommend other non-surgical treatment options.

Exploring Vision Correction Options

LASIK, SMILE, and ICL are all types of refractive eye surgery that can be used to correct common vision problems such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.


Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis is a laser surgery that uses a laser to reshape the cornea to correct vision. It is the most commonly performed refractive surgery procedure.


Implantable Collamer Lens is a procedure that involves the insertion of a small, flexible lens between the iris and the natural lens. This lens helps to correct vision by focusing light on the retina. ICL is a good option for people with high myopia or high hyperopia who are not suitable for laser surgery.


Refractive Lens Exchange is a type of refractive surgery that involves replacing the natural lens of the eye with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to correct vision. The procedure is similar to cataract surgery, but instead of removing a clouded lens, a clear, artificial lens is inserted to correct a person's refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism). RLE is typically recommended for people who have reached the age of 40 or older and have a high degree of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism and are not suitable for laser surgery or for those who want to correct their vision and also avoid or delay the onset of cataract.


Small Incision Lenticule Extraction is a laser surgery that uses a laser to create a small, circular disc of tissue called a lenticule within the cornea, which is then removed to reshape the cornea and improve vision. SMILE is a newer technology, and it has the advantage of causing less dry eye and corneal nerve damage than LASIK.

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Achieve Crystal Clear Vision with Advanced Laser Technology

There are several types of lasers that are used in refractive eye surgery, including:

  • Femtosecond laser: This laser is used in procedures such as LASIK, SMILE, and ReLEx SMILE. It creates a precise, thin flap on the cornea, which is then lifted to allow the excimer laser access to the underlying tissue. The femtosecond laser is also used to create the lenticule in SMILE procedure.
  • Excimer laser: This laser is used to reshape the cornea and correct vision. In LASIK and SMILE, the excimer laser is used to remove tiny amounts of corneal tissue to correct the refractive error.

Exploring the Different Types of LASIK Eye Surgery

It's important to note that, the laser technology and the laser brand used can vary between clinics and surgeons. There are several types of LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) eye surgery, including:

PRK (PhotoRefractive Keratectomy)

This is a laser surgery that does not require the creation of a flap, the surface cells of the cornea are removed and then laser is used to reshape the cornea.


This type of LASIK uses a special device to separate the top layer of the cornea (epithelium) from the underlying tissue. The excimer laser is then used to reshape the cornea, and the epithelium is replaced.

Bladeless LASIK

This type of LASIK is similar to traditional LASIK, but instead of using a mechanical microkeratome to create the corneal flap, a femtosecond laser is used. This is also known as all-laser LASIK or Intralase.

Custom LASIK

This type of LASIK uses wavefront technology to create a detailed map of the eye's unique visual imperfections. The excimer laser is then used to correct these imperfections, providing a more precise correction than traditional LASIK.

Traditional LASIK

This is the most common type of LASIK. It involves creating a flap on the cornea using a mechanical microkeratome or a femtosecond laser, lifting the flap, and then using an excimer laser to reshape the cornea and correct the refractive error.

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SMILE is an FDA-approved laser eye surgery that treats both astigmatism and nearsightedness. 

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EVO ICL is a popular alternative to LASIK that treats refractive errors by implanting a corrective lens behind the iris of your eye. 

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After years or decades of glasses and contact lenses, many people ultimately turn to LASIK for hassle-free, clear vision. 

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PRK is a form of refractive surgery that we offer at Beach Cities Laser Vision. It corrects your eyesight by changing the shape of your cornea with a laser. 

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RLE (Cataracts)

RLE (Cataracts)

RLE is an eye surgery that can remove cataracts and restore your sharp vision. It involves replacing your natural cloudy lens with a clear artificial one. 

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