Both LASIK and ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) can be used to correct nearsightedness. However, ICL is frequently recommended for our Atlanta area patients with a very high degree of nearsightedness who may not be a good candidate for LASIK.
The ICL is an implantable lens that works with the natural lens of your eye to improve your vision. During the procedure, the lens is inserted between your iris and your natural lens thru a tiny incision that usually does not require any stitches. It can be a great option for patients who cannot have LASIK surgery because of high prescription (-3 and up to -15), thin corneas or dry eyes.
Patients with astigmatism can also be candidates for this procedure. If necessary, Dr. Woodhams can treat the astigmatism with LASIK shortly after the lenses are in place and healed.
Like LASIK, both eyes can be done on the same day. The procedure takes approximately 15 minutes per eye. However, your visit on the day of surgery will take about 4 hours including pre and post-op care. Recovery from an ICL procedure is relatively quick. You can expect to return to work within a couple of days of surgery.
LASIK is the most widely performed vision correction procedure. This surgery can treat nearsightedness, mild farsightedness, and astigmatism.
During the LASIK procedure, Dr. Woodhams will use a laser to create a very thin flap on the surface of your eye to access the cornea. Then using a vision correction laser, he will reshape your cornea so that your eye can focus properly.
Recovery from LASIK is very quick. Your vision on the evening of the surgery will be blurry, but you should start to notice improvement in your vision by the next morning. You will likely be able to drive the day after your surgery.
Which Procedure Is Right for You?
While LASIK is a great procedure for most patients, Atlanta is fortunate to have one of the most experienced ICL surgeons in the country. Even if you have been told you are not a candidate for LASIK surgery due to high prescription, thin corneas or dry eye, you may still be able to enjoy great vision. Only a consultation at Woodhams Eye Clinic will give you the information you need to determine your best option for vision correction.
During your consultation with Dr. Woodhams, you will have a thorough vision exam and he will recommend the procedure that will help you achieve your best vision. Most patients are excellent LASIK candidates. If you are extremely nearsighted, ICL could provide you the great vision you deserve.
If you are interested in correcting your vision with either ICL or LASIK, please call 770-394-4000 or contact Woodhams Eye Clinic today to schedule your consultation with an experienced eye surgeon in Atlanta.