Implantable Collamer Lenses: Are They Right for You?
During the past few years, implantable collamer lenses, usually shortened to ICLs, have increased dramatically in popularity. Like traditional contact lenses, ICLs can be used to address a variety of vision problems, including nearsightedness (myopia). For many people who have vision problems, implantable lenses can dramatically increase their quality of life; however, what do you need to know about their safety and efficacy?
Learn more about ICLs from Dr. Silk below, and give us a call to schedule an appointment with eye and LASIK surgeons near me in the Northern Virginia area.
Who Can Benefit From ICLs?
Implant collamer lenses are thin, soft lenses that are directly implanted in the eye. ICLs must be placed by an experienced LASIK surgeon, and they are not designed to be removed like traditional lenses.
Many patients are trying to choose between ICLs and LASIK eye surgery. If you have thin corneas or chronically dry eyes, you might not be a candidate for LASIK. Implantable lenses could be a suitable alternative.
On the other hand, not everyone is a candidate for ICLs. For example, if you have major astigmatism, implantable collamer lenses might not be right for you. We recommend that you reach out to us to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam to assess your candidacy.
Is It Safe To Get Implantable Collamer Lenses?
Yes, ICLs are FDA-approved to correct certain vision issues, and they have been made using materials that should not lead to an adverse reaction. While they are not suitable for everyone, here are a few reasons why patients in the Northern Virginia area have chosen ICLs:
- You don't have to worry about managing removable contacts or glasses
- You may qualify for an EVO ICL set even if you are not a candidate for laser eye surgery
- They have been proven to be safe and effective by the FDA
- There is a lower risk of complications when compared to other treatment options
As with any surgical procedure, there are a few risks. You might see some halos around lights, or you could experience some increased intraocular pressure. We follow all the best practices in our field to minimize these risks and will provide you with detailed post-care instructions to set you up for a comprehensive recovery.
Contact Silk Vision To Make an Appointment at our LASIK Center
If you want to learn more about an implantable collamer lens, Silk Vision & Surgical Center is here to help you. Our LASIK center has some of the top eye and LASIK surgeons in the local area. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for ICLs and LASIK near me in Northern Virginia.