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How Long Can an Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) Last?

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Implantable contact lenses, or ICLs, have become a popular way to correct vision without glasses or traditional contact lenses. These small, thin lenses are surgically implanted into the eye and can provide long-term correction for a range of vision problems. Wang Vision Institute was the first eye center in the area to perform the New EVO ICL.

ICLs are designed to last a lifetime when properly cared for. During a consultation, Dr. Ming Wang, Harvard & MIT (MD, magna cum laude); PhD (laser physics) can provide information about ICL surgery and the expected timeline of your lens. Call our Nashville eye center to discover if you are an ICL candidate today. We strive to provide quality care so your vision can remain clear for years to come.

What are implantable contact lenses?

Implantable contact lenses are small, thin lenses placed behind the iris and in front of your natural lens. Unlike LASIK and PRK, which involve reshaping the cornea to correct a refractive error, ICLs change how light enters your eye. This makes them an ideal option for those who may not be candidates for standard laser vision correction procedures.

Who is a good candidate for ICLs?

The EVO implantable contact lens is for patients with nearsightedness (myopia) or astigmatism. Additionally, candidates must be at least 21 years old and have a stable prescription for at least one year. Those with certain eye conditions or diseases may not be suitable candidates at this time. It is important to consult with an eye surgeon like Dr. Wang to determine if ICL surgery is right for your needs.

The longevity of ICLs

According to Dr. Wang, ICLs can potentially last a lifetime. This is because the lens is made of a biocompatible material, meaning it can safely remain in the eye without causing harm or irritation. However, individual circumstances may require their removal or replacement. Here are some factors that contribute to the longevity of ICLs:

  • Your eye health: Patients must have good eye health in order to sustain ICLs successfully. Ideal candidates have no underlying conditions or diseases that could compromise the function of the lens.
  • Proper care: Just like traditional contacts, implantable contact lenses require proper care. This includes following any post-operative instructions as provided by our Nashville eye center and attending regular eye exams.
  • Trauma or injury: While ICLs are durable, any trauma or injury to the eye can impact their longevity. Protect your eyes and take precautions if you participate in activities that increase your risk of eye damage.

How is ICL surgery performed?

ICL surgery is a quick and virtually painless process. It takes less than 30 minutes to complete and is performed on an outpatient basis. During the procedure, Dr. Wang will create a small opening in the eye and use a fine tool to place the lens. A numbing agent ensures a virtually pain-free experience. Recovery time is minimal, and most patients return to their normal activities within a short period.

Try ICLs

Implantable contact lenses have been changing the lives of those seeking clear vision without glasses or contacts. If you are interested in learning about ICL surgery and how it can benefit you, contact our Nashville eye center to book a consultation with Dr. Ming Wang. There has never been a better time to improve your vision and enhance your quality of life with this revolutionary treatment option at Wang Vision Institute.

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