Contact lenses are a common option for people who need vision correction. The lenses come in different types, including temporary lenses, disposable lenses, scleral lenses, and more. For those looking for a more permanent solution, implantable contact lenses are available.
The lenses help in the treatment of high myopia and astigmatism. Implantable Collamer® Lenses (ICL™) are becoming very popular in the field of refractive surgery. ICL is considered a viable alternative to laser surgeries such as LASIK and PRK.
ICLs offer a good alternative for vision correction. People who have high contact and glass prescriptions can benefit from the procedure. All refractive surgeries have an upper limit to the correction amount that they can deliver. ICLs have high upper limits. Patients who may not be good candidates for LASIK or PRK can benefit from the procedure.
Unlike laser surgeries, ICL does not have requirements for minimum corneal thickness. This means that patients who have corneas that are too thin for laser surgery can get ICL. The treatment is also ideal for people with dry eyes. ICLs provide UV protection to the inner part of the eye, and this includes the macular. A huge benefit of ICLs is that the procedure is reversible. The lenses can be removed if the patient wishes to have them out.
ICLs have a few downsides. Most notably, they are not suitable for people over the age of 45 or those under 21. You need to know your refractive error before looking at this option. ICL can only correct some refractive errors.
It can be used for people with myopia or astigmatism. This is unlike LASIK that can also correct hyperopia or farsightedness. Recovery from ICL usually takes longer than LASIK, but it is generally smooth.
There are some risks associated with ICL. The procedure can cause retinal detachment or damage to the cornea, resulting in swelling and blurry vision. It can also affect the eye’s natural lens, causing cataracts.
If inserted incorrectly, ICL can lead to an increase in intraocular pressure. This can result in glaucoma and vision loss. Failure to determine the ICL power accurately can mean that additional surgery, contacts, or glasses will be necessary after surgery.
To find out if you are a good candidate for ICL, you need to visit an eye specialist. Ideal candidates are people with high eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions. The ideal patient should be between the ages of 21 and 45. Cataracts and presbyopia that usually develop later in life can impact the clarity of the vision.
ICL is quite safe and effective. A good eye doctor will ensure that all safety parameters are met before the surgery. If the patient has a chronic condition that causes hormonal fluctuations, the surgery may not be ideal. Taking medications that may inhibit proper healing of the wound or that cause vision changes can affect the procedure.
It is important to weigh the pros and cons of Implantable Collamer Lenses before choosing the procedure. Talk to your eye doctor to find out if it is right for you.
For more on Implantable Collamer Lenses, contact Coastal Vision Medical Group at our office in Irvine, California. You can call (888) 501-4496 today to schedule an appointment.