Is ICL (implantable collamer lens) surgery safe/recommended for someone in their early 20s?
I believe so. Assuming you have a normal eye exam and meet the FDA indications, the ICL is a safe and valuable alternative to LASIK in treating myopia and astigmatism. An experienced surgeon who has already climbed the learning curve is a good idea as well.
Since the risks associated with LASIK tend to rise along with the degree of nearsightedness treated, ICLs become an increasingly attractive option in very high myopia. This is because the risks associated with ICLs are independent of the prescription being treated.
_Written by J. Trevor Woodhams, M.D. - Chief of Surgery, Woodhams Eye Clinic