With advancements in technology transforming nearly every aspect of our lives, the field of ophthalmology has not been left behind. An innovative approach to vision correction has surfaced in the form of Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL). Offering a permanent solution for visual impairments, ICL is providing a liberating alternative to traditional glasses and conventional contact lenses. This post will take a deep dive into the world of permanent contact lenses, exploring their benefits, procedure, and how they might be the best choice for your vision correction needs.
What Does Permanent Contact Lenses Mean?
Permanent contact lenses, also known as Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) or Phakic Intraocular Lenses (P-IOLs). These are a type of refractive surgery where a lens is permanently implanted into the eye to correct vision. Unlike traditional contact lenses that you put in and remove from your eye daily, ICLs stay in your eye indefinitely.
This permanent solution is commonly used for those with moderate to high levels of myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. And people who may not be suitable candidates for other corrective surgeries like LASIK. One of the significant advantages is that it’s a reversible procedure—unlike other refractive surgeries, ICL can be replaced or removed if necessary.
Are There Really Any Permanent Contact Lenses?
Yes, there are indeed permanent contact lenses, and they’re commonly referred to as Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) or Phakic Intraocular Lenses (P-IOLs). These lenses are surgically inserted into the eye and provide a permanent solution to correct refractive errors.
While implantable contact lenses (ICLs) are termed “permanent”, they are not completely irreversible or immutable. The term “permanent” in this context suggests that these lenses can remain in the eye indefinitely without the need for daily removal and cleaning. As with traditional contact lenses requires.
However, ICLs can be surgically replaced or removed if a patient’s vision changes significantly over time, if there are complications, or if the patient opts for a different form of vision correction. So, it’s more accurate to consider ICLs as a long-term. Rather than a strictly “permanent” solution.
It’s always important to have a comprehensive discussion with an ophthalmologist. They will help to understand fully the long-term implications, risks, and benefits of the lenses.
Who Is A Suitable Candidate For ICL?
The decision to opt for an Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) procedure is dependent on several factors. Ideal candidates for ICL typically meet the following criteria: