Severe myopia may interfere with your ability to perform your tasks effectively, lowering the quality of your life. If you are looking to improve your vision but are not eligible for LASIK, you may benefit from an implantable collamer lens Philadelphia. This lens significantly enhances your vision, restoring the light and joy in your life.
What should you know about Implantable Collamer lenses?
Implantable Collamer lens surgery is an eye corrective surgery that involves implanting a permanent artificial lens to improve your vision. These correct lenses for myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Refractive surgeries have upper limits, and the limits of ICL are relatively high, meaning that if you are not eligible for laser-based refractive surgeries such as PRK, you may benefit from this treatment.
Patients undergoing cataract-removal surgery often get an intraocular lens. Still, an implantable Collamer lens does not replace your natural lens; instead, your doctor places it on top of your lens. The ICL Laser Eye Care specialists recommend implantable Collamer lenses as they significantly improve your vision with minimal side effects.
Who is eligible for an implantable Collamer lens?
An implantable Collamer lens is an excellent option if you don’t want glasses. Before recommending this surgery, your doctor may conduct several tests to determine if you are eligible. Your provider may review your health history and discuss your symptoms before developing a custom treatment plan.
If you have a health history of diabetic retinopathy, iritis, or glaucoma, ICL may not suit you. If you also have undergone an ophthalmic surgery, your doctor may advise against ICL. You may also be a candidate for this treatment if you have a history of dry eyes, thin corneas, and large pupils. Nursing or pregnant women may need to wait for an implantable Collamer lens.
What happens during implantable Collamer lens surgery?
A week before your surgery, your provider may give you a set of instructions to help you prepare for the surgery. You may need to avoid wearing contact lenses a week before your surgery. Your surgeon may also advise against wearing fragrances or makeup of the day of your surgery.
During the procedure, your IC Laser Eye Care specialist may use topical, local, or mild anesthetic to numb your eyes and ensure the procedure is painless. The team makes two small holes in your iris, a primary temporal incision, and two side port incisions.
Afterward, they place the implantable Collamer lens via the primary temporal incision and adjust it in front of the natural lens.
What should you expect after the ICL surgery?
After your surgery, you may need to arrange for a loved one to drive you home. You may also need to keep off strenuous activities two hours after the procedure. Your vision may seem blurry until your drops wear off. You should start seeing the day after your surgery. You may experience a gritty sensation or general discomfort which resolves within a few days. Your doctor may recommend anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drops to aid in your recovery.
Call the IC Laser Eye Care office or schedule an appointment online for more information about implantable Collamer lenses.