Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)
Patients who suffer from extreme nearsightedness are candidates for ICL. Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) is ideal for those individuals who are not candidates for LASIK eye surgery. Some people cannot have LASIK for reasons ranging from high prescriptions to thin corneas.
Before the procedure the 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. After this, the surgeon will insert the ICL through the main temporal incision and place the lens behind the iris and in front of the crystalline lens. This insertion procedure is typically performed on one eye at a time. You will experience very little pain or discomfort. Some drops or perhaps oral medication may be prescribed and a visit is usually scheduled the day after surgery. Patients will be recommended to arrange for someone to drive them to and from surgery.
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