The Center for Corrective Surgery are proud to announce the arrival of this amazing new implantable contact lens that can correct beyond the actual limits of lasers. If you are a highly nearsighted patient this may be the procedure for you. If you have been told you cannot have LASIK this might also be a procedure for you. We are committed to the latest technology at our center and this new lens simply can provide the same benefits that LASIK has brought to millions.
Introducing a solution for patients with high amounts of nearsightedness. The ICL is a revolutionary refractive lens that can correct vision up to –15 diopters of nearsightedness. The ICL procedure has been repeatedly improved through years of studies and continued refinement. This lens is a posterior chamber implant that is situated behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens. It is also know as a Phakic IOL. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that a patient has surgery and leaves the same day.
Prior to the surgery a surgeon will make two microscopic holes in the iris. Your eye will be numbed with a light, topical or local anesthetic. Once the eye is numbered the surgeon will make 2 side port incisions and one main temporal incision that is critical to the insertion process. Next the surgeon will insert the ICL through the main temporal incision and place the lens behind the iris and in front of the crystalline lens. This insertion procedure is typically performed one eye at a time. There is very little discomfort and normally no pain associated with the procedure. Some drops or perhaps oral medication may be prescribed and a visit is usually scheduled the day after surgery. Patients will be advised to arrange for someone to drive them to and from surgery.
You're likely a good candidate for ICL if:
As a rule, damage caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed. Eye drops, pills, laser, and surgical operations are used to prevent or slow further damage from occurring.With any type of glaucoma, periodic examinations are very important to prevent vision loss. Because glaucoma can worsen without you being aware of it, your treatment may need to be changed over time.
Glaucoma is usually controlled with eye drops taken several times a day, sometimes in combination with pills. These medications decrease eye pressure, either by slowing the production of aqueous fluid within the eye or by improving the flow leaving the drainage angle. For these medications to work, you must take them regularly and continuously. It is also important to tell all of your doctors about the eye medications you are using. Glaucoma medications can have side effects. You should notify your eye doctor immediately if you think you may be experiencing any of these side effects:
* A stinging sensation
* Red eyes
* Blurred vision
* Changes in pulse, heartbeat or breathing
Pills sometimes cause:
* Tingling of fingers and toes;
* Loss of appetite;
* Bowel irregularities;
* Kidney stones;
* Anemia or easy bleeding.
Laser surgery treatments may be effective for different types of glaucoma. The laser is usually used in one of two ways.
In open-angle glaucoma, the drain itself is treated. The laser is used to enlarge the drain (trabeculoplasty) to help control eye pressure.
In angle-closure glaucoma, the laser creates a hole in the iris (iridotomy) to improve the flow of aqueous fluid to the drain.
When operative surgery is needed to control glaucoma, your ophthalmologist, a surgery trained eye MD uses miniature instruments to create a new drainage channel for the aqueous fluid to leave the eye. The new channel helps to lower the pressure. Though serious complications of modern glaucoma surgery are rare, they can occur, as with any surgery. Surgery is recommended only if your ophthalmologist feels that it is safer to operate than to allow optic nerve damage to continue.
Treatment for glaucoma requires a “team” made up of both you and your doctor. Your eye doctor can prescribe treatment for glaucoma, but only you can make sure you take your eye drops or pills. Remember, it is your vision, and you must do your part to maintain it. Loss of vision can be prevented. Regular medical eye exams may help prevent unnecessary vision loss.
You should have an examination:
* Every 2 years-If you are age 39 and over.
* If you are age 50 and over
* If a family member has glaucoma
* If you are of African ancestry
* If you have had a serious eye injury in the past
* If you are taking steroid medications
The FDA approved the CrystalLens accommodative intraocular lens on November 15, 2003. Our center has been awaiting the approval of this lens which helps us correct the vision of one group of people whose eyes are beyond the range of lasik.The CrystalLens helps those who want to be rid of the need for bifocals and whose eyeglass prescription is beyond the range of LASIK. The lens actually moves minutely back and forth within the eye as a result of the action of the eye’s focusing muscles.