ICL or Implantable Contact Lens, as the name suggests, is a kind of contact lens which is implanted into the eye and does not require frequent removal like a normal contact lens. This phakic lens implant (here your natural lens of the eye is intact and is not removed) has numerous advantages for correction of the widest range of myopia (near sightedness), hyperopia (far sightedness) and astigmatism (cylindrical power).
ADVANTAGES OF ICL'S
Immediate vision improvement
Simplification of life - Unlike traditional contact lenses, there is no daily cleaning and no concerns with swimming, dust, or other elements that could cause a scratch or cause a contact lens to fall out. The ICL is gently placed inside the eye, behind the iris.
Updatable lens - If necessary - The lens can be removed and updated, should vision change or need arise.
ICL is an excellent option for many who have been told they are "not good candidates for LASIK." ICL can be great for patients who's corneas are thin, or prescriptions too strong, to be corrected by laser sculpting methods such as LASIK or PRK. ICL may be a preferred option for some patients who have "dry eye" (also called ocular surface disease), or who have concerns about LASIK. ICL provides high patient satisfaction. On rare occasion, unexpected things happen, even in the best of hands. When this happens, we have to work harder, and provide more extensive care, than if things had gone perfectly. We give you our commitment that we will do exactly that. We accept full responsibility for everything that we do in our center. This may seem unusual in an era when many others look to evade responsibility or blame others for problems.
Good candidates for the ICL include patients who:
- Are between the ages of 18 and 45 years
- Have dry eyes, very high myopia (above -12.00D), or a thin cornea (non-LASIK candidate)
- Are nearsighted or farsighted, including those with mild, moderate, and high power with or without occurrence of astigmatism. The Toric ICL™, capable of correcting myopia and astigmatism together and combines two procedures into one
- Have proper anterior chamber depth as will be determined by the eye surgeon or ophthalmologist after a comprehensive eye exam.
- Have not had a change in their eyeglass prescription of more than 0.50 Diopters in a year
- Are not currently pregnant
- Have no known allergies to medications used during refractive surgery or no other contraindications