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Am I a Good Candidate for Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL)?

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Glasses and contact lenses are popular choices for vision correction, but they can be a hassle. Implantable contact lenses (ICLs) are for patients who want to reduce their dependency on visual aids but do not qualify for traditional LASIK. Dr. Ming Wang is a trusted eye surgeon in Nashville, TN, and can determine your candidacy for ICLs during a consultation.

Are you unhappy with your current prescription? Wang Vision Institute provides cutting-edge solutions to patients with a wide range of needs and backgrounds. Call to schedule an evaluation to determine if permanent contact lenses are right for you. We have assisted patients from over 40 states in the U.S. and 55 countries worldwide.

How do implantable contact lenses work?

Glasses and contacts provide clear vision, but they come with many challenges. Contacts can be drying and irritating, and glasses are a nuisance when playing sports or engaging in other activities. Implantable contact lenses free you from the hassles of traditional vision correction.

ICLs are tiny, implantable lenses placed inside the eye to provide clear vision. The lenses are made of soft and flexible materials that are well-tolerated by the eye. Surgery is noninvasive, performed on an outpatient basis, and takes only minutes to complete. No one should be able to tell that you had contacts implanted after the procedure is over.

Who is a candidate for permanent contact lenses?

Many people turn to traditional LASIK procedures to achieve clear vision, but not everyone is a candidate for surgery. Patients with thin corneas or who have high levels of nearsightedness and/or astigmatism are not likely to have a safe or successful LASIK surgery. Implantable contact lenses are designed for people who cannot have LASIK.

ICLs are intended for the following individuals:

  • Those in generally good health: Conditions like keratoconus, glaucoma, and cataracts can make surgery more complicated. Wang Vision Institute will check your eyes for these conditions before recommending ICLs.

  • Patients over the age of 21: Our eyes continue to change and grow even into adulthood. Dr. Wang prefers to wait until your eyes have reached full maturity before considering ICLs.

  • Individuals with a consistent prescription: If your prescription has changed at all in the last year, ICLs may not be the best option at this time. A stable prescription is necessary to ensure that your vision remains clear long after surgery.

Additionally, patients who are pregnant or nursing are not eligible for permanent contact lenses at this time. Dr. Wang is a trained eye surgeon in Nashville, TN, and can determine your candidacy for ICLs during an initial assessment.

What about ICL recovery?

Candidates must be willing to follow post-operative instructions to experience a smooth recovery from ICL surgery. You will need an adult to drive you home and help with activities for the first day or two after your procedure. Avoid putting any pressure on your eyes, which means no rubbing, touching, or scratching. Take any eye drops and other medications as needed and attend follow-up appointments as scheduled.

Improve your visions with ICLs

Traditional visual aids come with many challenges, but implantable contact lenses offer a virtually hassle-free solution. Learn more about ICLs and explore your candidacy by meeting with an experienced eye surgeon in Nashville, TN. Dr. Ming Wang and his team are happy to answer any questions you may have about permanent contact lenses and other state-of-the-art procedures. Call Wang Vision Institute to get started.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.