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Are there alternatives to LASIK?

There are various forms of Laser Vision of which LASIK is just one type. Other models of laser vision correction include: PRK, Reading Vision LASIK and E-LASIK.

There are many benefits to ALL-LASER LASIK eye surgery, some of which include fast visual recovery, limited if any discomfort, and a lowered risk of glare and halos. Most patients are very happy with the results. It’s no wonder that LASIK laser vision correction has quickly emerged as one of the true medical breakthroughs of modern history. LASIK, the most accepted form of laser vision correction, is the fastest-growing type of refractive surgery. It is very versatile and can treat both nearsightedness and farsightedness with or without astigmatism. Over 98% of people who have LASIK achieve somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40 vision without glasses or contact lenses.

In order to help determine the vision correction that would most suit your needs it is a great idea to familiarize yourself with the main refractive errors. Prior to any vision correction surgery, our Ophthalmologist and the team of specialists will examine your eyes and determine what procedures would work best for you. Blurry vision may result from any number of conditions not necessarily related to refractive errors. The diagnosis of a refractive error is usually confirmed by an eyecare professional.


Reading Vision and LASIK

Many patients who have always had great eyesight become frustrated when they enter their 40’s complaining they simply can’t read as easily as they once could without glasses, even though they still see fine at distance.
As we get older, our eyes lose their natural ability to “zoom,” and that’s what makes reading and other “close-up” tasks more difficult without the use of glasses. Reading Vision LASIK invented by Dr. Assil is the proven LASIK method that allows our patients freedom from reading glasses.
After LASIK is performed on one or both eyes, patients are able to see at all distances with both eyes open.

LASIK Alternatives

Complimentary consultations can be scheduled at Assil Eye institutes Los Angeles offices in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica

The term “LASIK” stands for “Laser Assisted In-situ Keratomileusis.” Refractive surgical procedures are designed to improve the eye’s ability to clearly focus light directly on the retina, and LASIK is one such procedure.

Dr. Kerry Assil has been at the forefront of LASIK surgery in the United States since its introduction here in the early 1990’s. LASIK procedures are performed in the Assil Eye Institute’s Los Angeles offices; Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.

At the Assil Eye Institute each potential LASIK patient undergoes comprehensive testing, including an evaluation of the overall health of the eye and computerized imaging of corneal shape and visual function. Once Dr. Assil has determined LASIK is the right vision correction procedure for the patient.

Photorefractive Keratectomy combines state-of-the-art computer technology with advanced laser precision. PRK uses a laser to change the shape of the cornea, improving the way light rays are focused on the retina.

The Excimer laser is unique because it emits cold laser pulses, which work at the molecular level (separating surface carbon-carbon bonds), but does not affect the deeper corneal layers, or other ocular structures.
PRK is an outpatient procedure that usually takes about 10 minutes to complete. The Excimer laser corrects nearsightedness (myopia), by creating a flatter corneal shape, while the cornea is steepened in farsighted eyes (hyperopia). Astigmatism (corneal warpage) is treated by using an elliptical or oval, rather than a circular beam. This allows precise sculpting of the corneal surface.

Dr. Assil uses the only system of surgeon-monitored 3D eye tracking, coupled with individual customized treatment algorithms (using the actual Wavefront™ pattern from the patients own eye – as opposed to “Wavefront™ optimized” approaches which treat based upon population averages), to further maximize treatment accuracy. Immediately after the laser treatment, a bandage contact lens is placed over the eye for comfort. The epithelium (the outer layer, or “dead skin”) of the cornea will heal in about 72 hours after the procedure. The bandage contact lens will be removed when the epithelium has fully regenerated.

Some patients see a dramatic improvement in their vision the first day. For others, vision may improve more gradually and might fluctuate mildly for several weeks to several months. This fluctuation is part of the healing process and as healing progresses, stabilization occurs. Most patients return to normal activities within two to four days.

If you’ve been told you’re not a candidate for LASIK, contact the Assil Eye Institute today and make an appointment for a comprehensive eye examination with Dr. Assil.  Find out if PRK may be the vision correction procedure that is right to help you live a life free of glasses and contacts.

Elliptical, or e-LASIK, developed by Dr. Assil, is the newest generation of his original invention, Temporal Hinged LASIK, which he originally published nearly 10 years ago. The e-LASIK technique results in an even safer LASIK treatment with superior outcomes because Dr. Assil developed the technique for use with the IntraLase™ iFS™ system to customize an “elliptical” or oval flap that matches the actual shape of the patient’s cornea.

With the IntraLase™ iFS™ tiny pulses of laser light pass harmlessly through the outer portion of your cornea and form a layer of microscopic bubbles just beneath the surface.  This allows for easy separation of the outer corneal layer, folding back as a single smooth layer to enable the deeper layer LASIK treatment (laser corneal reshaping).  A corneal flap created using the IntraLase™ iFS™ is able to “lock” back into place, causing your eye to immediately and rapidly begin to heal.

The IntraLase™ iFS™ system:

-Delivers outstanding visual results. Patients achieve vision that is 20/20 or better, and have the ability to see well in low light, such as at dusk or at night.
-Is both proven and trusted. Hundreds of thousands of procedures have been performed safely and effectively using the IntraLase™ iFS™ system.
-The most advanced treatment available. IntraLase™ iFS™ technology gives Dr. Assil the highest degree of surgical control for the safest, most effective procedure offered today.

KAMRA: Regain Your Focus – Regain Your Near Vision & Renew Your Lifestyle

Imagine how much nicer everyday life would be if you weren’t constantly reaching for your reading glasses or feeling lost without them. Simple tasks like reading the news, sending a text message or checking the care instructions on a favorite sweater would be faster, easier and more enjoyable. Introducing KAMRA, a revolutionary corneal inlay that allows patients to see better at distance and at near. This technology (sometimes in conjunction with LASIK) is helping our patients achieve the vision they feel they lost due to presbyopia. KAMRA (unlike LASIK alone) is not an “instant gratification” procedure, in most patients, it can take several months for the vision to become perfect. If you are tired of reading glasses and are looking for a solution, call us today to request an appointment with Assil Eye Institute to discuss regaining your focus.


Many patients who have always had great eyesight become frustrated when they enter their 40’s complaining they simply can’t read as easily as they once could without glasses, even though they still see fine at distance. As we get older, our eyes lose their natural ability to “zoom,” and that’s what makes reading and other “close-up” tasks more difficult without the use of glasses. READING VISION LASIK (invented by Dr. Assil), is the proven LASIK method that allows our patients freedom from reading glasses. The procedure was published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, February, 2008, under the title “Photopic Pupillometry Guided LASIK” (so much for using household descriptors). Dr. Assil first developed the procedure in 2004 and thousands of patients have benefitted from this refined therapy, including the CEO of the leading Laser manufacturer.

After LASIK is performed on one or both eyes, patients are able to see at all distances. Unlike Monovision, in which one eye sees clearly at distances and the other is only for reading, or CK (Conductive Keratoplasty) which provides only temporary relief, READING VISION LASIK typically enables patients to read, work on the computer and drive, all without glasses or contact lenses.

READING VISION LASIK takes advantage of the fact that each individual’s pupil size is unique, and customizes the shape of the cornea accordingly. As a result, the near eye also sees better at intermediate and distance than it would with Monovision.

READING VISION LASIK can even help some patients who have previously had traditional LASIK, PRK or cataract surgery by eliminating their need for reading glasses.  Performed properly, LASIK can be safer than contact lenses and can free you from all those reading glasses scattered around your home and office.

Verisyse™ and Visian™ – Serving as the lead FDA investigator, Dr. Assil has successfully implanted more Verisyse™ lenses than any other surgeon in the United States. The Verisyse™ lens is used to treat people with severe myopia and hyperopia; whose prescriptions generally fall beyond the limits treatable by LASIK. With more than 18 years of use and 150,000 procedures performed worldwide, results prove the Verisyse™ design is safe and effective.

Dr. Assil has implanted thousands of intraocular lenses, including several hundred Verisyse™ Intraocular Lenses for patients enrolled in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Clinical Investigation.

How Verisyse™ Works – The procedure involves placing the Verisyse™ Phakic IOL (intra-ocular lens) in the anterior chamber that is an empty space between the iris and the cornea. This gives your eye another focusing lens (like a permanent contact lens) that provides high-quality, high-definition vision like a normal eye. Although the Verisyse™ Phakic IOL is intended to be permanent, the lens can be removed if future technologies become available. The word “Phakic” means that your natural crystalline lens is left inside your eye. This is important because your natural lens plays an important role in helping your eye zoom, adjust between seeing objects that are near and far.


At Assil Eye Institute, we are committed to your Laser vision correction treatment being performed with great attention to detail and with the most advanced and sophisticated laser vision correction platforms available. After lecturing to a global audience of eye surgeons, Dr. Assil decided a new name was needed to fully convey the elements he considers essential to successful laser vision correction.

Elliptical-flap Aberrometry Guided Laser Enhanced Vision, or EAGLE Vision™ , was born.

Briefly, an EAGLE Vision™ procedure is one in which:

  • The laser-created corneal flap is fully customized and elliptical in shape, which ensures that it doesn’t interfere with the treatment of the cornea, and we believe, makes the flap more stable and reduces the chance of dry eye.
  • The laser treatment of the cornea is guided by sophisticated, high-definition aberrometry software that maps out and measures the eye with exquisite detail and accuracy.
  • The laser pulses that reshape the cornea are delivered by a high-precision laser that aligns the treatment pulses to iris landmarks that are unique to each eye (similar to a fingerprint) and automatically adjusts for any eye movement.

The goal is enhanced vision that is at least as good, if not better than, the vision you enjoyed with your glasses before surgery.

iFS Intralase laser


The iFS Intralase laser allows our expert surgeons the ability to perform Custom Tailored All-Laser LASIK for our patients. With this technology, we are able to create custom elliptical flaps that can be utilized to get you the best results and maximize your vision while minimizing the “traditional” post op halos and dry eyes.

Visx Star S4

Star S4

Having tested the majority of lasers on the market, our experts have chosen to use the Visx Star S4 for it’s ability for 3D eye tracking and it’s computer mapping capabilities. Our experts feel that this laser provides our patients with the safest most reliable procedure available.

Corneal Inlays

Corneal Inlays

Assil Eye Institute has always been on the forefront of technology and our corneal inlays are no different. Corneal inlays (sometimes offered in association with LASIK) can provide our patients with an alternative to reading glasses.

Having been one of many “firsts” for Assil Eye, Corneal inlays have proven to be another safe and effective procedure for our patients. For those that are tired of having reading glasses “all over the house”, corneal inlays may be the option for you!!

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