For patients who need refractive vision correction, LASIK or PRK are often excellent choices. However, these surgeries may not work for patients who have a higher degree of nearsightedness or corneas that are too thin for laser surgery. If this sounds like you, you may qualify for a unique alternative known as implantable contact lenses (ICLs), also referred to as phakic intraocular lenses.
The team at Vance Thompson Vision is pleased to offer implantable contact lenses to provide clear, sharp vision for patients with a range of vision conditions, including nearsightedness and astigmatism. ICLs are made of a biocompatible material that adapts well to your natural eye chemistry. ICLs provide vision correction much like traditional contact lenses except they are designed to stay in place for a long time. To learn more, contact our office in South Sioux City, NE to book a consultation with one of our trained eye specialists.
Types of Lenses
The team at Vance Thompson Vision is proud to offer the Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer® Lens) to address refractive errors, such as nearsightedness. The Visian ICL is placed in the posterior chamber, which is between the iris and the lens. With ICLs, the natural eye lens does not need to be removed. This solution is considered to be a safe, effective alternative to refractive vision correction surgeries, like LASIK and PRK.
We offer a similar implantable lens known as the Verisyse Phakic IOL, which is FDA approved to correct nearsightedness. The Verisyse IOL is made of medical-grade polymethyl methacrylate (PMAA), which is the same material used to make hard contact lenses and cataract surgery IOLs. The Verisyse lens is placed in front of the iris and does not require the removal of the natural eye lens.
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Best Candidates for ICLs
You may qualify for ICLs if you meet the following requirements:
- Are between the ages of 21 – 45 years old
- Have had a stable eye prescription
- Have high myopia (nearsightedness) with or without astigmatism
- Want an alternative to vision correction options, like LASIK or traditional contacts
- Do not have a history of eye surgeries or diseases
To determine if you are an ideal candidate for implantable contact lenses, one of our doctors in South Sioux City, NE will perform a full eye exam and review your health history.
How The ICL Procedure Works
Your implantable contact lenses will be placed into your eyes during an outpatient procedure at Vance Thompson Vision. Prior to your surgery, we may perform a peripheral iridotomy to address any pressure buildup within the eye. On the day of your procedure, your eyes will be numbed with a local anesthetic before your surgeon creates a very small incision on the outer part of your cornea. Next, the ICL will be folded up and inserted through the opening before it is positioned in your eye. The ICLs are done one eye at a time, and the procedure lasts about 30 minutes from start to finish.
What to Expect with ICLs
After your ICL procedure, you may return to your normal activities without much delay. You can expect continued vision improvements over the next 48 hours as your eyes recover and adjust to the new lenses. In addition, since no corneal tissue is removed, there is little risk of having symptoms of dry eye. It is important to remember not to rub your eyes for the next few days to ensure proper healing. Most patients see the full outcomes within about four weeks or so.
Real Life In HD with ICLs
With implantable contact lenses, it's now possible to have long-term clear vision without needing eyeglasses or traditional contact lenses. ICLs can be ideal for vision correction in individuals who do not qualify for laser surgeries, like LASIK or PRK. If you would like to learn more about options for reducing nearsightedness or astigmatism, the team at Vance Thompson Vision is here to answer your questions. Contact our office in South Sioux City, NE to schedule an appointment.