Contact lenses causing you problems due to dryness? Cannot keep up with your glasses or they get damaged in your line of work?
Implantable collamer lens procedure, or ICL for short, differs from LASIK and cataract surgery. ICL is sometimes referred to as an implantable contact lens. An ICL is an artificial lens, similar to a contact lens, which is implanted in front of the natural lens within the eye and behind the iris (the colored portion of the eye) allowing the lens to be invisible to others. The ICL procedure corrects for moderate to severe myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism.
Many patients have been told that LASIK is not an option for their eyes for several reasons, such as not having enough corneal tissue. The benefit to ICL is that no corneal tissue is removed. Unlike LASIK, ICL procedures do not damage the corneal nerves within the eye, thus helping to reduce the major side effect of dry eye disease.
Recovery with ICL insertion is very rapid and the procedure itself is performed in the office. Patients leave the office with great vision, which is sometimes harder to achieve with other vision correcting procedures. The first ICL was inserted in the early ‘90s and has been successfully growing since. ICL is a safe and FDA approved way of correcting vision.
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