LASIK vs. ICLs

July 1, 2011 — by Dr. Zimmer
Tags: Lasik Implantable Contact Lenses Icls

 

Whether you are nearsighted, farsighted with or without astigmatism,  it is important that you speak with an eye care specialist to determine the best route of treatment for you and your visual needs. Two popular options for vision correction are LASIK surgery and implantable contact lenses (ICLs). Each has their own benefits but they are distinctly different in their approach to vision enhancement. The team at InSightSM LASIK & Refractive Group would like to look at what differentiates these two options. When you meet with Pittsburgh area LASIK surgeon Daniel Zimmer, M.D., he will determine which is the most beneficial for you.

LASIK is a laser surgery that is performed to correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. These are referred to as refractive errors. During LASIK surgery, a special laser is used to reshape the cornea, ensuring that light passes through the eye properly and focuses on the retina.

There are Pittsburgh area ICLs. In cataract surgery, the natural lens is removed and replaced by an artifical implant. ICLs are different. When an ICL is placed, it doesn’t involve the removal of the existing lens. Instead, the ICL will augment the vision of your natural lens. The ICL is inserted into the eye through the cornea and will be undetectable to others.

So which option is best for you--LASIK or ICLs? It depends on many factors. LASIK is a great  option for many. However, not everyone is an excellent candidate for LASIK, which may make an ICL implant a good alternative to explore. When you come to InSightSM LASIK & Refractive Group, we’ll evaluate your eyes and your medical history to determine the best procedure for you.

To learn more about LASIK, ICLs, and other refractive options for advanced eye care, contact our laser vision correction center near Pittsburgh. We look forward to discussing these matters with you in greater detail.

 

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