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Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)

Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)

Middle Age Couple Are you nearsighted? Have you been told you are not a good candidate for LASIK? Or are you concerned about permanently altering your eyes with surgery such as LASIK or PRK? If so, we have a great option for you called Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL).

This is a powerful new surgical procedure for correcting nearsighted eyes. It can be used in people with thin corneas and in those who are too nearsighted for LASIK. We have performed this surgery in many patients here at Medicus over the last few years with remarkable success. Here is how it works: a thin flexible lens similar to a contact lens is implanted into the eye behind the pupil. This is a painless outpatient procedure normally done under topical anesthesia (drops only). Once in place the ICL corrects refractive error just like a contact lens placed on the outside of the eye. But with the ICL the lens never needs changing or cleaning, it just keeps on working all the time to give greatly improved distance vision.

Unlike LASIK it is entirely reversible and causes no permanent changes to the eye. So far we have never had to remove an ICL but this is easily done with another outpatient surgery if needed. The ICL can correct up to 20 diopters of near sighted vision. LASIK can correct up to 12 diopters but it becomes more risky correcting more than 7-8 diopters. This means that the ICL can correct extremely nearsighted eyes with excellent safety.

What a dramatic improvement in lifestyle to go from being legally blind without glasses or contacts to driving without any correction! The ICL can certainly make a huge difference! Later in life when cataracts develop the ICL can be removed and cataract surgery performed at the same operation. The cornea is not permanently altered by the ICL, which helps give the best possible quality of vision after cataract surgery.

Most nearsighted patients between 23 and 45 years of age can benefit from this great technology. Astigmatism can also be corrected but this lens has not been FDA approved in the USA yet. We hope this option will be available soon for our patients with astigmatism so we can help even more people enjoy life with more freedom from glasses and contacts. Patients with thin corneas, too thin for LASIK, are usually good candidates for the ICL.

Call for an evaluation of your eyes and we can recommend the best way to correct your vision. At Medicus we have a lot of options for this and the ICL is often the best way to correct very nearsighted eyes.