Are you tired of relying on glasses or contact lenses to see clearly? Are you or may you be a poor candidate for Lasik or PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy). Have you considered ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) surgery as an alternative to correct your vision? In this blog, we’ll explore what ICL surgery is, how it works, and what to expect before and after the procedure.
What is ICL Eye Surgery?
ICL surgery is a refractive procedure that involves the insertion of a lens inside the eye to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Unlike LASIK or PRK, which reshape the cornea to improve vision, ICL surgery implants a synthetic lens between the iris and the natural lens. This makes it an excellent option for people who have thin or irregular corneas, dry eyes, or high refractive errors that may not be suitable for other vision correction procedures.
The ICL is made of a biocompatible material called Collamer, which is designed to work with the natural chemistry of the eye. The lens is soft and flexible, allowing it to be folded and inserted through a small incision in the cornea. Once the ICL is in place, it gently unfolds and stabilizes itself in the eye behind the iris providing a clear and natural vision correction.
How Does ICL Eye Surgery Work?
ICL surgery is a relatively quick and painless outpatient procedure. Before the surgery, your eye doctor will measure your eye to determine the size and power of the lens that will be inserted. You’ll be given local anesthesia, so you feel minimal irritation during the surgery.
During the procedure, a small incision is made in the cornea to insert the folded lens into the eye. Once the lens is in place, it unfolds and secures itself in the eye without the need for sutures. The procedure usually takes about 15-30 minutes per eye, and most people can go home the same day.
What to Expect Before and After ICL Eye Surgery
Before the surgery, your eye doctor will perform a comprehensive eye exam to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure. You’ll need to stop wearing contact lenses for a few weeks before the surgery, and arrange for transportation to and from on the day of the procedure.
After the surgery, you may experience some discomfort, dry eyes, and sensitivity to light. Your eye doctor will provide you with prescriptions for eye drops and pain medication to manage these symptoms. You’ll need to avoid strenuous activities, swimming, and rubbing your eyes for a few weeks after the surgery to allow your eyes to heal properly.
Most people notice an improvement in their vision immediately after the surgery, and their vision continues to improve over the next few days and weeks. You’ll need to attend follow-up appointments with your eye doctor to ensure your eyes are healing correctly and your vision is stable.
Benefits of ICL Eye Surgery
ICL surgery offers many benefits for people who want to reduce their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Here are some of the advantages of ICL eye surgery:
- Sharper vision: Some people can achieve 20/20 vision, while others may need PRP to sharpen their vision
- Natural vision correction: Unlike glasses or contact lenses, which can distort your vision, ICLs provide a clear and natural vision correction.
- Long-lasting results: ICLs are designed to last a lifetime, Other eye diseases can and do occur such as cataracts which can necessitate removal.
- Fast recovery time: Most people can return to work and other normal activities within a few days after the surgery.
- Suitable for a wide range of prescriptions: ICLs can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, making them a versatile option for many. However, ICL for farsightedness is not currently approved by the FDA.
ICL eye surgery is a safe and effective option for people who want to reduce their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. If you’re interested in learning more about ICL surgery or want to find out if you’re a good candidate for the procedure, schedule a consultation with Davis Vision Center. Our team of experienced eye physicians can help you make an informed decision about your vision correction options.
Contact us today to schedule your ICL eye surgery consultation and see the world in a new light!