Other methods

In addition to laser methods, there are a number of methods to improve and eliminate glasses or contact lenses .

However, these have less precision and are therefore not used as often as the laser.

Some seem to be under development.

To meantion a few:

ICL: (Implantable Intraocular Contact Lens, also called Add-On) is a microsurgical treatment without laser for correction of all degrees of myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. The treatment means that an extra, very thin plastic lens is placed in the eye. The ICL method can reduce major visual errors and is not dependent on the corneal nature, as the actual treatment is done inside the eye.

The disadvantage is that you get cataracts earlier.

RLE : The placement of the lens, Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) – or Clear Lens Extraction (CLE) – as one can call it, is a method of correcting myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia. It is a microsurgical procedure performed in the same way as a cataract surgery, ie the eye’s natural lens is removed and replaced with a new plastic lens. The disadvantage is that the patient with the rigid plastic lens can not accommodate and therefore is best suited for those who are 55 years old.