If LASIK or PRK is not suitable for your eyes due to either a high prescription, thin cornea, abnormal corneal shape or significant dry eye, then implantable contact lenses (ICL) may be your best option for treating your myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness), or astigmatism.
ICL is proven to be effective in patients under 50 years of age with a wide range of refractive errors.
The procedure involves implanting a very thin artificial lens in front of the eye’s natural lens – but behind the iris, so that it is practically invisible to outside observers. Once implanted the lens stays indefinitely – but should your vision change dramatically the ICL can be replaced or removed.
The implantable contact lens procedure differs from cataract surgery in that it is a phakic procedure, meaning the eye’s natural lens is not removed.
Dr Kent was the first currently practicing eye surgeon to perform this type of surgery in New Zealand. Speak to our team today about ICL.
Advantages compared to LASIK or PRK
Disadvantages compared to LASIK or PRK