Knowing ICL

You’re most likely very familiar with temporary and disposable contact lenses – either you currently wear them, you have worn them in the past, or you know someone who wears them. There’s actually an amazing substitute that brings more convenient.

Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) are another form of contacts that were approved by the FDA in 2004 and are able to treat high levels of nearsightedness.

Wanting to see with a bright vision is more than just a convenience. If you are one of the nearly 2 million Filipinos with visual difficulties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, wearing glasses or contact lenses is an absolute necessity that is sometimes not enough. Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) can likewise eliminate the need for glasses.

ICL actually works like a contact lens and the procedure aims to correct refractive error without compromising the integrity of cornea structure. It is a tested alternative for those who are not declared good candidates for LASIK. It acts just like a contact lens but instead of being worn on the surface, it is directly placed inside the eye, or behind its structure, the iris.

It is a wonderful alternative to LASIK and for PRK eye surgery as well in terms of correcting moderate to severe myopia (nearsightedness). There are cases wherein it actually produces better and more predictable vision results compares to the laser refractive surgery.

ICLs are similar to intraocular lenses (IOLs) used in cataract surgery to substitute the clouded natural lens, with one significant difference. They are “phakic” lenses, meaning that they work with the natural lens, which remains in its place. Yet, unlike the contact lenses you may be wearing now, an implanted lens does not dry out or become dirty.

The ICLs are:
• Permanently in place

• Invisible and unnoticed

• Maintenance-free

• Composed of biocompatible materials