Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK or ASA to correct refractive error. Whether it is because of thin corneas, a high prescription or other limiting factors not every person’s best option for vision correction is a laser refractive procedure. If you are between the ages of 21 and 40 and suffer from moderate to severe amounts of myopia or near-sightedness you may be a candidate for an Implantable Collamer Lens, or ICL. Over 500,000 patients worldwide have benefited from this technology with a very high satisfaction rate. It provides a high quality of vision through a relatively quick procedure.
The Visian® ICL is made of an advanced soft-material lens composed of 100% biocompatible collagen copolymer, that provides not only UV protection and vision correction, but also quality of vision that can sometimes be sharper than what some can achieve with glasses or contacts. In LASIK, a laser is used to precisely and permanently change the shape of the cornea to treat near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. An ICL does not permanently alter the shape of the cornea but uses the power of the implantable lens to treat near-sightedness. The lens is inserted through a small incision in the cornea and place behind the iris and over the natural lens.
There it is able to efficiently focus images more clearly in a similar way as contacts would, though these lenses are permanent, unnoticeable and maintenance free. The lens is placed behind the iris, or colored part of the eye, and sits on top of the natural lens where it is not visible to the naked eye.
This technology is FDA approved and is the best option for many people wishing to be more independent of glasses and contacts. This is especially true for patients with very high amounts of myopia or near-sightedness that have been previously told that their prescription was too high for LASIK.
Feel free to contact us to schedule a visit with one of our doctors to find out which of our many options of becoming more independent of glasses or contacts is right for you.