Laser Surgery Makes Implanted Contact Lenses A Reality For Nearsighted People

Laser Surgery Makes Implanted Contact Lenses A Reality For Nearsighted People

Ophthalmologic technology has evolved to such an extent that it is now possible to have contact lenses implanted through laser eye surgery.  ICL, short for implantable collamer lens, called Visian ICL by its manufacturer, is a refractive type surgery.  In this case, refractive eye surgery used to reduce the use of eyewear or contact lenses.

What is ICL?

ICL, or implantable collamer lens, is a soft, flexible gel-lens used to permanently correct nearsightedness.  This procedure is highly effective and requires no maintenance after the procedure, providing a permanent alternative to glasses and contact lenses.

The procedure

The ICL is placed into the eye through the soft silicone tip of a micro incision injector.  The incision is so small that it does not require stitches.  It unfolds once injected in the eye and using a blunt spatula gently pushes the haptics under the iris.  When performed by professionals such as the Miami eye specialists at the Laser Center of Coral Gables, it takes less than 30 minutes and only local anesthetics are used.

How long is the recovery process?

Most patients have immediate use of their eyes and full recovery usually takes between 1 to 2 days.

Here at The Laser Center of Coral Gables we care about your vision.  If you need expert advice on how to improve your sight, contact us today for a free consultation.

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