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The Benefits of Getting ICLs

By Gordon Wong, OD on December 23, 2015


A woman with binocularsAt GW Eye Associates Inc, we help people throughout the greater San Diego area achieve excellent vision and good eye health. We can make a number of recommendations about good treatment options for your needs, such as laser eye surgery, prescription lenses, and other advanced therapies.

We receive a number of questions about implantable collamer lenses (ICLs) and how they can help patients see clearly again. Let's go over the basics and consider who the best candidates are.

About Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICLs)

Though it's surgically placed, an implantable collamer lens (ICL) funcitons in much the same way as a contact lens. Small incisions are created on the cornea that allows an eye surgeon to place the ICL. The ICL then improves the passage of light through the eye, focusing the light properly on the retinas.

With ICLs, patients will be able to see clearly without the reliance on corrective lenses.

General Candidacy for Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICLs)

Good candidates for implantable collamer lenses (ICLs) are patients who are at least 21 years old and generally younger the 45 years old. It's important that the patient be in good health overall, not suffering from ocular diseases (e.g., cataracts, glaucoma), dry eye syndrome, autoimmune disease, or eye infections. It's also important that patients have no major issues with the health and shape of their corneas, irises, and pupils as these can all negatively impact the overall quality and results of surgery.

Excellent for Moderate to Severe Cases of Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Implantable collamer lenses (ICLs) are typically most ideal for people who experience issues with moderate to severe myopia. In fact, ICLs may be the best treatment option for patients who would otherwise not be able to be helped through the use of LASIK surgery.

An Alternative to LASIK and Refractive Surgery

In a number of cases, implantable collamer lenses (ICLs) are thought to be the ideal option for people who are poor candidates for refractive surgery procedures, such as LASIK, PRK, or LASEK. The surgery can yield excellent results comparable to these laser eye surgeries.

Poor Candidates for Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICLs)

Poor candidates for implantable collamer lenses (ICLs) are people who do not meet the general candidacy requirements outlined above. In addition, anyone who has experienced retinal detachment is a poor candidate for ICLs since the surgery may increase the chances of a future retinal detachment.

During the consultation process, you'll be able to find out if you have any issues that may prevent you from receiving ICLs.

Are Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICLs) Right for Me?

The best way to find out if implantable collamer lenses are the right option for you is to meet with an eye care specialist to learn more about the procedure. This will allow you to get info on all of the risks and benefits of the procedure and to learn about any potential concerns during the treatment process.

Speak with Our Eye Care Experts

If you would like more information about ICLs and how they can help you have exceptional vision, it's of the utmost importance that you contact our vision correction and eye care center today. The team at GW Eye Associates Inc look forward to your visit and helping you have the best vision and eye health possible.

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