What are Laser Eye Surgery Alternatives in Melbourne?

Laser eye surgery is a popular solution for many vision problems. However, it may not suit everyone. In this blog, NewVision Clinics discusses alternative treatment options in Melbourne, such as Phakic Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) and Clear Lens Extraction (CLE) for those who may not be candidates for laser eye surgery.

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Phakic Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

Phakic IOLs are a treatment option for nearsighted individuals with thin corneas, making them unsuitable for laser eye surgery. These lenses are placed inside the eye through a small incision. The operation takes about 30 minutes and can be done under local anaesthesia. Vision recovery is rapid, with most patients experiencing excellent vision the next day.


Orthokeratology or Ortho-K is a non-surgical vision correction method that utilises custom-designed, gas-permeable contact lenses to temporarily reshape the cornea, which is the clear front part of the eye. By wearing these lenses overnight, individuals with mild to moderate myopia can experience improved vision during the day without needing glasses or traditional contact lenses.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

For patients who do not yet have cataracts but are not candidates for laser eye surgery, refractive lens exchange (RLE) is another option. This procedure is similar to cataract surgery but is performed on individuals with clear natural lenses. RLE involves replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial IOL to correct refractive errors like myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. The added benefit of RLE is that it eliminates the need for cataract surgery in the future.

Don’t let vision problems hold you back any longer! Explore the various alternatives to laser eye surgery, including treatments for cataracts and astigmatism in Melbourne. Our experienced team at NewVision Clinics is here to guide you through your options and help you make the best decision for your unique needs. Contact us online or call us on 1800 20 20 20 today to schedule a comprehensive consultation and get started on the path to improved vision!