ICL (Implantable Contact Lens) is a refractive error solution that is ideal for those found unfit for other refractive procedures such as LASIK etc.
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).
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. ICL is 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.
Implantable contact lens – ICL for short – has been an alternative for our vision correction surgery patients for nearly a decade. Our ICL is often an option for vision correction in patients with thin corneas or who are extremely nearsighted. Clarity Eye procedure consists of placing a corrective lens, similar to a contact lens, in the eye itself. The ICL lens is implanted in front of the eye’s natural lens, but behind the iris, so that it is invisible to outside observers.
The implantable lens is capable of correcting a higher degree of myopia (nearsightedness) than LASIK, and since the procedure does not involve reshaping the cornea through removal of tissue, it can be performed on patients whose corneas are too thin for laser refractive procedures. In addition, recovery is extremely fast and postoperative vision is very sharp. It is an outpatient procedure (the patient returns home the same day), with most patients seeing well enough to drive by the next day.
A thorough vision correction examination is required to determine if you are a candidate for ICL surgery. Our office provides complimentary vision correction surgery examinations for patients who have not had previous vision correction surgery, and are now considering ICL or laser vision correction surgery.