In a nutshell, the ICL procedure is reversible and is designed to correct both high myopia and astigmatism, which are a huge advantage already. Further, in cases that a prescription changes, the ICL is reversible and replaceable, meaning it can maintain your vision for a long period of time. Also, the procedure is painless and allows rapid recovery of vision
Another key matter with the procedure is that it doesn’t change the shape and thickness of the cornea significantly. Given that, cornea related complications will be avoided in the process.
Moreover, the inserted lens include UV protecting properties that prevents any harmful UVA and UVB rays from getting to the yes. Compared to cornea based ablation treatments, the ICL procedure presents a significantly shorter period of recovery. The procedure also presents no dry eye condition as no stimulating tearing nerves are abolished
While you feel the presence of contact lenses, the same can’t be said for ICL as you basically can’t feel it in your eye. Maintenance won’t be a problem as well as ICLs don’t require it.
Here are more key facts about the ICL:
• It is capable of correcting high degrees of nearsightedness that cannot be rectified by other eye surgical procedures.
• A great alternative for LASIK as it is performed to patients who have corneal thinness and irregularity.
• Can be removed surgically anytime
ICL Implantation Process
The entire ICL procedure normally lasts between 20-30 minutes. It is an outpatient surgery and the patient can go home after the entire treatment.
It is important for the incision to be extremely small that is self-healing. The good thing about the ICL Procedure is that it is proven to be safe and effective as it does not modify the thickness and the shape of the corneal tissue in any way.
Together with the eye’s natural lens, the implanted ICL lens are certain to improve vision. As mentioned, it is a perfect alternative for LASIK as those who will fail to qualify for that procedure will have a fallback option that improves visions permanently.
Generally, the risks that come with ICL is significantly low. Still, given that it is an intraocular procedure, there’s still a risk of sight threatening complications. But as mentioned earlier, the procedure presents minimal risks. Following the surgery, daily activities, with minimal maintenance, can already be continues.
Frequently Asked Questions on RLE
Who needs the ICL Procedure?
The ICL Procedure is for those who were deemed ineligible to undergo LASIK due to corneal thickness and/or refractive error.
How can one be considered a good candidate for the ICL?
One who has myopic and is between the ages of 21 and 45 is a very likely candidate for ICL. It is also preferable that the hopeful patient has not had any previous surgeries and/or any history of eye disease like glaucoma, iritis or diabetic retinopathy.
Is there an examination prior to ICL Procedure?
Yes, just like other laser refractive surgery. One needs to undergo a Comprehensive Eye Exam and Screening, which lasts around 2-3 hours, first before being declared eligible for the procedure.
What is the ICL made of?
The ICL is made from a soft biocompatible co-polymer of Collamer and Fibronectin, which vaults over the crystalline lens of the eye.
Where exactly is the ICL placed?
The ICLs are to be placed inside the eye. They are surgically inserted there through a very small incision behind the iris, right in front of the natural lens of the eyes.
Can the ICL still be removed from my eye?
Yes, the ICL can still be removed from the eye if necessary, even though it is intended to remain in place permanently. Should there be a need for an update or further correction, the ophthalmologist can remove the lens.
Is the lens seen and visible?
No, it’s not. Since the ICL is positioned behind the iris, the colored part of the eye, it is invisible and cannot be seen.
How long is the recovery time following the ICL Procedure?
Like LASIK, the ICL Procedure is an outpatient treatment wherein one can go home right after and then get back to work the next day. Also, the patient is required to have post-operative exams to further examination and resting of vision refraction.
Can we still adjust residued error of refraction after ICR insertion?
Yes, it is possible with a corneal refraction touch-up procedure like PRK or LASIK.
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