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Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)

The Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) is a revolutionary refractive lens that can correct vision for patients with high amounts of nearsightedness. This procedure may provide excellent vision for patients who have been told that LASIK is not an option.

The ICL is an implantable contact lens that works with the eye to correct vision. Unlike traditional contact lenses that go on the surface of the eye, the ICL is surgically inserted into the eye where it provides excellent quality of vision for a wide range of correction needs. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that a patient has surgery and leaves the same day.

You might be a good candidate for ICL if:

  • You have extreme to moderate nearsightedness
  • You have thin corneas and are not a LASIK candidate
  • You have a history of dry eye
  • You are between the ages of 21 and 40

Prior to the implantation of the ICL, you will receive topical anesthetic drops and may receive a sedative. First, a microscopic incision will be made where the white of your eye meets the colored part. Second, a gel-like substance will be injected into your eye and the ICL will be inserted in front of your iris. Finally, the ICL is carefully placed behind the iris and the gel is removed from your eye. That's it! Because the incision made is microscopic, it will heal naturally in a very short period of time without needing any sutures.


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