Newark’s Trusted ICL Surgery Provider for Improved Vision
Implantable collamer lens (ICL) surgery is one of several types of refractive surgery for nearsightedness and astigmatism. At Eye Care of Delaware, we provide ICL surgery as an alternative replacement for laser vision correction treatment such as LASIK. Dr. Boyd treats his patients at our welcoming Newark cataract and laser surgery center, assisting residents of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. To check whether ICL surgery is the best solution for you, arrange a consultation now.
Benefits of an Implantable Collamer Lens
The implantable collamer lens (ICL) offers an alternative to laser vision correction procedures – LASIK and PRK. The ICL is surgically removable, if necessary, and unlike laser vision correction, does not permanently alter the shape of your cornea.
The best candidates for the ICL are between the ages of 21 and 40, with moderate to severe nearsightedness. In fact, patients who benefit the most are those with the greatest dependence on glasses and contact lenses.
What Is an Implantable Collamer Lens?
The ICL functions similarly to a contact lens. But instead of being placed on the surface of the eye, it is positioned inside the eye – in front of the natural lens and behind the iris (the colored part of the eye) – where it cannot be seen or felt.
During the ICL surgery, the lens is inserted through a tiny, 3mm incision where it gently unfolds and is tucked into place. The tiny micro-incision is self-sealing, requiring no sutures. Most patients notice improved vision immediately after surgery, which continues to improve over the next few days.
The Implantable Collamer Lens Is Maintenance-Free
The ICL provides predictable outcomes and excellent quality of vision. It is designed to remain in place within the eye indefinitely, and without maintenance. The lens is made of a collagen copolymer that is very biocompatible (doesn’t cause a reaction inside the eye) and stable. It also contains an ultraviolet light filter.
Common Questions About Implantable Collamer Lens Surgery
ICL surgery is not painful, as anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye. The surgery is minimally invasive, and the healing process should only take up to 24 hours. During this time, patients may feel mild discomfort that requires medication for pain relief.
It is possible to treat both eyes during a single ICL surgery procedure. However, after a comprehensive eye evaluation your doctor will determine whether or not this is recommended. In some cases, patients prefer to wait for one eye to recover before treating the second eye.
Implantable collamer lens surgery is recommended for patients between ages 21 and 40. For older patients, if an evaluation reveals there are no additional eye disorders that might affect the surgery, then it may be possible for those over 40 to have ICL surgery.