Introducing a solution for patients with high amounts of nearsightedness. The ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) is a revolutionary refractive lens that can correct vision up to –15 diopters of nearsightedness. The ICL is a vision correction procedure has been repeatedly improved through years of studies and continued refinement. This lens is a posterior chamber implant that is situated behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens. It is also know as a Phakic IOL. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that a patient has surgery and leaves the same day.
Prior to the surgery, a surgeon will make two microscopic holes in the iris. Your eye will be numbed with a light, topical, or local anesthetic. Once the eye is numbed, the surgeon will make 2 side port incisions and one main temporal incision that is critical to the insertion process. Next, the surgeon will insert the ICL through the main temporal incision and place the ICL behind the iris and in front of the eye’s crystalline lens. This insertion procedure is typically performed one eye at a time. There is very little discomfort associated with the procedure. Some drops or oral medications may be prescribed, and a follow-up visit is usually scheduled the day after surgery. Patients will be advised to arrange for someone to drive them to and from surgery.
Are you a Candidate?
Individuals who suffer from extreme nearsightedness now have a solution for their poor vision. The ICL provides an opportunity to those individuals who are not candidates for LASIK eye surgery. Some people cannot have LASIK for reasons ranging from high prescriptions to thin corneas. The ICL now gives these patients the opportunity to experience the same lifestyle vision improvement that LASIK has brought to millions.
You’re likely to be a good candidate for ICL if:
- You have extreme to moderate nearsightedness
- You have thin corneas and are not a LASIK candidate
- You have a history of dry eye
- You have large pupils
The team at Texas Eye and Laser Center are your resident Fort Worth Visian ICL experts!