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Not a Candidate for LASIK? Consider Implantable Lens Surgery

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Have you been told that you are not a candidate for LASIK because your prescription is too high or your cornea is too thin?  Another option exists to address this issue called implantable lenses.  Implantable lenses are surgically placed behind the the colored part of the eye (Iris) and in front of the natural lens inside of the eye.  The implantable lenses work like contact lenses, but are placed inside the eye instead of on top of the front surface of the eye (cornea).  

The Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) was approved in 2005 for correcting nearsightedness from -3D to -20D.  The lens is implanted behind the iris and in front of the natural lens.  This makes the lens undetectable to the naked eye unless viewing under a microscope.  The lens is flexible and can be folded prior to insertion which leads to a small surgical incision.  

Recently, I had the pleasure of co-managing our patient Lisa for Visian ICL surgery, she had dry eyes with her contacts and her prescription was -12 D in the right eye and -10D in the left eye.  Now, she can see 20/20 in each eye without glasses or contact lenses.  

If you suffer from dry eyes, irregular astigmatism, or have been told that you are not a candidate for LASIK, ask about Visian ICL surgery.  The video below describes the Visian ICL procedure.  Call our office for more information.    


Written by Dr. Michael Duong

Dr. Duong received his bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry at San Jose State University. He then attended Pennsylvania College of Optometry and received his Doctor of Optometry in 2009.
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