Innovative Vision Correction for Near-sightedness
Implantable Contact Lens Baltimore, Maryland
Dr. Sonny Goel offers the revolutionary implantable contact lens at his Baltimore clinic, giving those suffering with myopia the chance to significantly improve their vision with minimal risk and discomfort. Dr. Goel is a highly experienced ophthalmologist and ocular surgeon with a true dedication to providing excellent results for his patients. He will answer all your questions and help you choose the best options for improving your vision. Contact us today to learn more.
What Are Implantable Contact Lenses?
Staar Vision ICLs (Implantable Collamer Lenses) are tiny, flexible lenses that are 100% biocompatible and provide UV protection. They are implanted between the iris and the lens of the eye, and act like a standard contact lens. Once in place, they are permanent, and are only visible under a microscope. ICLs are excellent for patients under age 40 with nearsightedness between -5 and -20 diopeters. At this time, ICLs have not been approved for farsighted patients.
What to Expect
Placing the ICL is a quick procedure that involves minimal discomfort. One to two weeks before your procedure, Dr. Goel will perform a laser iridotomy, making a tiny incision at the edge of your iris that will allow the fluid in your eye to circulate around the implanted lens. On the day of the procedure, Dr. Goel will apply numbing drops to your eyes and use a lid speculum to keep your eyes open during the surgery. He will then make a tiny incision in the cornea, through which he will insert the lens. The primary advantage of Staar Vision ICLs is that they are extremely flexible and can be folded as they are implanted. Because of this, ICLs require a much smaller incision than other types of implantable contact lenses, and no sutures are needed afterward. Dr. Goel will place an eye shield over the surface of your eye to protect it as it heals during the next few days.
Immediately after the procedure, you will likely notice an improvement in your vision, although there may be some blurriness. This haze should fade within one to seven days. After receiving implantable contact lenses, the vast majority of patients have 20/40 vision or better, and many experience 20/20 vision. You will return to Dr. Goel for a follow-up visit the day after your surgery, and you should refrain from strenuous activity during the first few weeks after the procedure.
ICLs vs. LASIK
Because ICLs offer many of the same benefits as laser vision correction, you may be wondering which procedure is the right choice for you. While LASEK or PRK are great options to correct vision problems, they are not always good choices for extremely nearsighted patients. In addition, ICLs are often a good choice for patients who have irregularly shaped corneas, very thin corneas, extremely dry eyes, or other eye conditions.
Contact Us Today
If you would like to learn more about how ICLs can help you see more clearly, contact us today.