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Implantable Contact Lens - ICL

The eye care specialists at DelMar Surgical and Cosmetic Treatment Center offer the implantable contact lens as an option for refractive surgery for patients in Wilmington and Newark, Delaware; Elkton and North East, Maryland and surrounding areas in Delaware, Maryland and southeast Pennsylvania..

What Are Implantable Contact Lens?

Delmar Surgical and Cosmetic Treatment Center introduces the "Visian ICL". If you have been told that you are not a candidate for LASIK, we may have a solution that is perfect for you. A new implantable contact lens is available for treatment of higher degrees of nearsightedness. This is the procedure that highly myopic (nearsighted) patients have been waiting for and is now available at Delmar Surgical and Cosmetic Treatment Center.

The ICL is a revolutionary refractive lens that corrects myopia from -3 to -15 diopters, and reduces myopia from -16 to -20 diopters. 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 known as a Phakic IOL. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that a patient has surgery and leaves the same day.

How is Implantable Lens Surgery Performed?

Prior to the surgery a surgeon will make two microscopic holes in the iris. Your eye will be numbed with a topical anesthetic, in addition to local anesthesia. Once the eye is numbed 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. Drops are prescribed and a visit is scheduled for later the same day and the following day. Patients will need to arrange for someone to drive them to and from surgery.

Am I a Candidate for Implantable Contact Lens?

Individuals who suffer from extreme nearsightedness now have a solution for their poor vision. The ICL provides an opportunity to those individuals who are not candidates for LASIK eye surgery. Some people cannot have LASIK for reasons ranging from high prescriptions to thin corneas. The ICL will now give these patients the opportunity to experience the same lifestyle change that LASIK has brought to millions.

You're likely a good candidate for ICL if:

  • You have extreme to moderate nearsightedness
  • You have thin corneas and are not a LASIK candidate
  • You have a history of dry eye
  • You have large pupils

If you are seeking ICL, please call our practice to schedule your comprehensive evaluation. Dr. Lavenburg is experienced in correcting refractive error with the implantable contact lens in Delaware and Maryland. Please view our Facebook page for promotions and more information about the Lavenburg Medical Group and the DelMar Surgical and Cosmetic Treatment Center.