Correct Nearsightedness and Farsightedness with ICL Surgery
An implantable contact lens (ICL) from TLC Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye Centre in Toronto, ON, can treat severe cases of nearsightedness and farsightedness that cannot be addressed with a traditional LASIK procedure. ICL surgery is a suitable alternative that offers many of the same advantages of LASIK. Patients who opt for ICLs can typically achieve 20/20 vision without potential side effects and risks of other laser correction procedures.
ICLs are placed in the space behind the eye’s natural lens, which remains intact.
When to Consider ICL
Patients who benefit most from ICL are those with extreme myopia, or nearsightedness. Generally, LASIK cannot sufficiently restore vision for patients with severe myopia. Most patients would still require glasses or contacts, though at a lower prescription.
With ICLs, patients who could not undergo LASIK and other corrective procedures can typically achieve 20/20 vision.
The lenses are also a great choice for patients who do not qualify for LASIK due to a thin cornea or dry eye. With an ICL, there is no removal of the corneal tissue. There is also no risk for side effects such as dry eye, which can make symptoms worse for patients already suffering with the chronic condition.
What to Expect During the ICL Procedure
Unlike cataract surgery, where you eye’s natural lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL), ICLs are placed in the space behind the eye’s natural lens, which remains intact. On the day of surgery, we will start by numbing your eyes with eye drops. Once you are comfortable, the surgeon creates a tiny incision in the eye. After inserting the ICL through the incision, it will unfold into position. Microscopic, dissolvable sutures may be used to close the incision. The procedure takes just 10 to 15 minutes per eye to complete.
Recovery After ICL
Following the placement of ICLs, you may notice some immediate improvements to your vision. Due to the numbing drops, your vision will be too blurry to drive, so you will need a friend or family member to take you to and from your surgery. You will typically return to our office the day after surgery for your first follow-up appointment.
You may need to wear an eye shield for a few days, especially when you sleep, so your eye can heal. You will also need to use a series of eye drops, which will reduce inflammation and prevent infection. Although you may notice significant improvements in just a few days, your vision may still fluctuate for two to four weeks before stabilizing.
Why Choose ICL
These types of lenses offer numerous benefits. With ICLs, patients who could not undergo LASIK and other corrective procedures can achieve 20/20 vision. There is no removal of the corneal tissue, and the procedure is reversible. If your prescription changes in the future, we can replace the ICL with a new lens. The procedure is safe, quick, and boasts a relatively short recovery period.
Learn More About Your Vision Correction Options
If you have been told you are not a good candidate for LASIK, alternatives like ICLs are available. Contact our office using our online form or call (866) 684-2020 to schedule a consultation and find out which procedure is right for you.