Good Candidates for Implantable Contact Lenses (ICLs)

By Gordon Wong, OD on July 13, 2015

An eye framed and highlighted for eye careThe team at GW Eye Associates Inc wants to make sure that all patients throughout the San Diego area are aware of their choices for excellent vision. While corrective lenses are reliable and advanced laser eye surgery such as LASIK provide stellar results, the use of an implantable contact lens (ICL) can improve vision and enhance overall eyesight.

Since many patients have questions about ICLs, let's take a moment to go over the basics and who is an ideal candidate for treatment.

About Implantable Contact Lenses (ICLs)

Also known as implantable collamer lenses, an ICL is an artificial lens that is surgically placed in the eye in order to enhance vision. FDA approved and made from biocompatible collamer, the ICL helps make your vision clearer. There is no tissue removed during the ICL surgical procedure, and the ICL can be removed simply later in life if a patient requires further eye surgery in the future.

General Candidates for Implantable Contact Lenses (ICLs)

Good candidates for implantable contact lenses (ICLs) are people who are in good general health who would like to enhance the quality of their vision without undergoing refractive surgery such as LASIK or wearing corrective lenses (i.e., glasses or contacts). They should be in good overall health and not suffer from any kinds of health problems that would make the surgical procedure a potential health risk.

Implantable Contact Lenses (ICLs) Are Great for Treating Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Implantable contact lenses (ICLs) are a perfect solution for treating mild to severe myopia (nearsightedness). ICLs can treat nearsightedness between -3.00 and -20.00 diopters.

Age Is Important for Implantable Contact Lenses (ICLs)

The age of a patient is also important to consider with regard to candidacy. The ideal candidates for implantable contact lenses (ICLs) are generally between the ages of 21 and 45. Other factors with regard to eye health and overall suitability will be factored in along with age during the consultation process.

Laser Eye Surgery vs. Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL)

Many patients who receive implantable contact lenses (ICLs) are either poor candidates for refractive procedures such as LASIK or would prefer a non-permanent but highly effective treatment for their myopia. Unlike LASIK, ICL treatment is easily reversible.

Corrective Lenses vs. Implantable Contact Lenses (ICLs)

Many patients prefer implantable contact lenses (ICLs) to traditional corrective lenses such as glasses and contacts. The overall results are generally much better, and the safe surgical procedure affords patients much more freedom since they do not have to deal with frames, cleaning solutions, and regular replacement of their corrective lenses.

Weighing Options and Making Strong Choices

While implantable contact lenses (ICLs) have had a very positive impact in the lives of many patients, they are not always ideal for everyone. This is why we'll be more than happy to go over all of the risks, benefits, and side effects of ICL treatment during a consultation. By knowing all the pros and cons of a procedure as well as its alternatives, you can make a strong and confident choice with regard to your eye care.

Learn More About Advanced Vision Correction Treatment

To learn more about implantable contact lenses (ICLs) and how they can enhance your vision quality and overall quality of life, be sure to contact our team of eye care specialists today. The entire team here at GW Eye Associates Inc looks forward to your visit and helping you have excellent eyesight.

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