The alternative to Lasik for cases in which the visual impairment is not a candidate for this procedure is the insertion of implantable contact lenses (ICL) or phakic intraocular lenses.
ICL insertion consists of an outpatient procedure in which a lens is placed between the iris and the crystalline lens to correct the following visual impairments:
- Moderate to severe myopia.
- Moderate to high astigmatism.
- Thin cornea.
- Dry eye syndrome.
If a high-grade of correction beyond the capabilities of laser is required ICL may correct the visual impairment.
The advantages of implantable contact lenses are:
- The procedure is fast and safe.
- It takes no more than 15 minutes per eye.
- It is a reversible surgical procedure In the case of unsuitability, it can be removed.
- Post-operative discomfort is diminished.
- It is the ideal treatment for myopic patients with high diopters, thin cornea or dry eye syndrome.
- It is compatible with Lasik-Intralase as the cornea remains intact throughout the lens implantation process.