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Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) with our Las Vegas Ophthalmologist
No matter how accustomed you may be to eyeglasses and contacts as your everyday eyewear, perhaps you harbor a dream of enjoying clear vision with no outside at all, as if your eyes had never developed their refractive errors in the first place. You might be interested to learn that corneal reshaping surgeries such as LASIK aren’t the only options for achieving this goal. Here at Brimhall Eye, we can provide with another lifelong solution -- implantable contact lens (ICL) surgery.
The Benefits of ICL Vision Correction
An ICL is a contact lens that is implanted in your eye, just behind your eye's own natural lens and behind the iris. These lenses are crafted to correct your particular refractive error with total accuracy, just as standard contacts are. ICL vision correction offers the same degree of freedom from eyewear that LASIK surgery does. This makes it a valuable alternative for individuals who are not good candidates for LASIK or other refractive correction surgery. Ideal candidates for ICL surgery have severe myopia (anywhere from -3 to -20 diopters) with minimal astigmatism (which this procedure doesn't correct).
Even if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery, there are reasons you might go with implantable contact lenses instead. For one thing, while ICL treatment can serve as a permanent correction, it's also easily reversible simply by extracting the ICL. This form of surgery also offers less risk of corneal complications and speedier recovery time than LASIK.
Quick, Easy Surgery at Our Las Vegas Ophthalmology Center
ICL implantation at our Las Vegas ophthalmology center is remarkably quick, easy and painless. Our ophthalmologist, Dr. Brimhall, will first determine that you're a good candidate for the procedure. (In addition to having the right kind of refractive prescription, ideal candidates are between 21 and 45 years of age, with sufficient corneal thickness and enough room within the eye for the implant.) Once the eye has been anesthetized, tiny incisions are made in the cornea; our ophthalmologist then implants the folded, flexible synthetic lens in the eye. The lens unfolds once it's in position. You should start noticing good results within 24 hours of the surgery.
Visit Our West (Tenaya Way), Northwest and Southwest Las Vegas Eye Doctor
You can have ICL implantation performed at our Northwest office, our Southwest office, or our West Las Vegas office on North Tenaya Way. Find out whether this kind of vision correction is the right option for you. Call Brimhall Eye at any of our locations to schedule a consultation and evaluation with our eye doctor. We may hold your key to eyewear-free visual clarity!