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What is an implantable contact lens?
An implantable contact lens, or ICL, is a lens inserted into the eye and positioned between the iris and natural lens, where it stays indefinitely. It can be removed and replaced if needed.
Unlike LASIK, an ICL does not change the shape of your cornea. Instead, it works in combination with your natural lens to enhance your eye’s ability to focus.
Implantable contact lenses are invisible and cannot be felt.
What is an implantable contact lens made of?
ICLs are made of collamer, an advanced lens material that has unique properties. Collamer transmits light and reduces reflections that can interfere with vision, so you see clearly. Made of a copolymer and collagen, collamer is also highly compatible with living tissue. This allows the ICL to rest quietly in position while accurately correcting vision. Collamer is the only lens material made with collagen — the best choice for a lens that is going to remain inside your body for a lifetime.
Am I a good candidate for an implantable contact lens?
If you are nearsighted, either with or without astigmatism, particularly under the age of 45, you may be an ideal patient for this procedure, CEENTA Ophthalmologist Casey Mathys, MD, said. It’s also a great alternative if you are ineligible for LASIK. For example, patients with thin corneas, dry eyes, or glasses prescription that is too high for LASIK, may be candidates for an ICL implant.
What is the ICL procedure like?
The first step would be to see a doctor for a complete eye evaluation, which would include imaging and an educational session. The actual procedure is done on an outpatient basis and takes only about 15 minutes.
"With 14 years of experience and over 800 ICLs implanted, I have many happy patients who are independent of glasses and contact lenses,” CEENTA Ophthalmologist Scott Jaben, MD, said. “The procedure is pain free with a very small chance of a complication. The recovery is very quick."
If you think implantable contact lenses might be the right choice for you, schedule an appointment for a consultation at CEENTA today.
This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. Would you like an appointment with Dr. Jaben or Dr. Mathys? Call 704-295-3000. You can also request an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.
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