ICL surgery is a vision correction procedure that is FDA approved to treat nearsightedness and astigmatism in the United States. This is an artificial lens that is surgically implanted inside the eye. It is carefully placed between the iris, which is the colored part of the eye, and the natural lens. Unlike laser refractive surgery (LASIK and PRK) that treats the cornea on the outside of the eye, ICL surgery is intraocular surgery and therefore is performed in the sterile operating room to ensure maximum safety. Because the lens is placed inside the eye, it does not require daily replacement or cleaning like a regular contact lens.
ICL surgery has the advantage of delivering clear vision with a quick recovery and minimal discomfort. The procedure itself is done with plenty of numbing medicine as well as sedation through an IV to ensure patients are comfortable the entire time.
ICL gives high definition vision and does not require creating a corneal flap and corneal tissue removal as in LASIK, SMILE & other laser specs removal procedures. It also does not cause any corneal dryness as seen in standard specs removal processes.
The ICL surgery provides a safe and effective surgical correction of powers as high as -20D and cylindrical correction of 6D.
An ICL is an excellent option for people who are too nearsighted for LASIK or PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). If your cornea is too thin or irregularly shaped to conduct a laser eye surgery, ICL may be a viable alternative for you as well. There are a few key characteristics that make a good candidate for ICL surgery:
You are above 18 years of age
You have nearsighted vision with mild to severe myopia (-2D to -20D).
You have not had a change in prescription of glasses in the past year. Minor changes are acceptable.
You are looking for a procedure that doesn’t create dry eye syndrome.
You should have enough endothelial cell density and adequate anterior chamber depth for safe implementation of the procedure.
It is important to discuss your best treatment options with an experienced ophthalmologist prior to proceeding with any eye surgery. Taking into account your vision deficiencies, astigmatism, other conditions of your eye and lifestyle requirements, you should be able to determine the best viable options for vision correction together.
The only procedure for permanent vision correction that didn’t involve glasses or contact lenses was corrective laser eye surgery. But with the emergence of the ICL, it all changed. Now, it’s time to enjoy high definition vision correction that is sharper, clearer, more vivid, and has more depth and dimensions.
The quick responsive factor After the procedure of the surgery patients experience an immediate improvement in vision quality and are impressed by the fast results. Often the quality of vision achieved is far better than any other vision correction solutions.
Yet removable The most important advantage of the ICL is that it can permanently correct your vision, yet the lens can be simply removed or replaced if required.The concern involves the cornea typically do not apply to the ICL as no natural corneal tissue is permanently removed or reshaped in any way during implantations.
ICL is positioned between the natural lens and iris, the lens is invisible to both the patient and any observer. Also, it’s placement in the eye maintains normal iris function and promotes stability.
ICL does not cause dry eyes. But if you have dry eyes, consult your doctor if the ICL may be the best vision correction option for you.
The recovery for the ICL is quick and pain-free, and it only takes one day, because of the very small size of the opening required in your eye. Sometimes patients experience minimal discomfort, and many times they go back to work the next day.
Longer exposure to UV radiation can damage your eyes and more intense exposure increases the chance of eye disorders including the development of cataracts and some retinal problems. As an added feature, the ICL advanced lens material contains a UV ray’s blocker that prevents harmful UVA and UVB rays from entering the eye, further preventing the development of UV related eye disorders.
Your vision changes as you grow older and most probably you will need cataract surgery. An important advantage with the ICL is that you have options for future treatments because ICL maintains the structure of the eye, the lens can easily be removed and replaced if your vision changes substantially.
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