Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) or Premium Intraocular Lens (Premium IOL)
While most people are candidates for LASIK, some are not. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can disqualify a LASIK candidate temporarily. Severe dry eye (Sjogren’s Syndrome), collagen vascular disease (Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis), abnormal corneas (too thin, too flat, too steep), early cataracts can permanently disqualify a patient.
Some patients may not be ideal candidates for LASIK but would be perfect for alternatives such as the implantable contact lens (ICL) or premium intraocular lens (premium IOL).
The Visian ICL (implantable contact lens) is a great alternative to LASIK in younger patients (50’s or less) who have some ability to read without glasses. This is a soft lens implant that looks a lot like a contact lens. Unlike a traditional contact lens, this lens is permanent and is surgically placed inside the eye under sterile conditions.
Terry – Visian ICL Patient
For older patients or patients with cataracts, a premium intraocular lens (premium IOL) such as the Crystalens accomodating lens or the Restor diffractive lens is used to replace the natural lens of the eye. These lens implants allow patients to see near, far, and everywhere in-between without glasses or contact lenses.
Though these two alternatives, the implantable contact len (ICL) and the premium intraocular lens (premium IOL), can provide vision that is equal to LASIK, LASIK is still the treatment of choice for patients who are LASIK candidates. LASIK involves surgery on the cornea (outside of the eye) as apposed to lens implants that are placed inside the eye. LASIK therefore has less inherent risk and less cost than lens implants so is the preferred vision treatment for those patients who qualify.