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.