What is the difference between Lasik and ICL?

istock 1272209773 Many of the patients who visit Richens Eye Center have questions about ways in which they can improve their vision. For most, prescription eyeglasses and contacts are the way to go. However, some patients want freedom from eyewear and are interested in learning about surgical procedures that can help them see better. For some patients, Lasik might be a smart choice, and for others, ICL (implantable contact lens). 

What is Lasik? 

Lasik is an eye surgery that is performed to improve a patient’s vision. Also known as “Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis,” Lasik is used to correct refractive issues including astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness. The goal is to reshape the cornea to allow light to focus properly on the retina, therefore allowing an individual to see clearly without the need for corrective lenses such as prescription eyeglasses and contacts. 

What is ICL? 

ICL is another way of improving the vision for patients who have a prescription. An implantable contact lens is placed inside of the eye to improve the vision. Individuals who are not good candidates for Lasik or who have severe refractive issues may be a better candidate for this alternative. The ICL can be removed and replaced as needed based on a patient’s vision needs. 

Who is a candidate for Lasik? 

During an evaluation at Richens Eye Center, Dr. Sharon Richens will examine the patient to determine if they are appropriate candidates for either of these procedures. The best candidates for Lasik are adult patients who have had a stable prescription for eyewear for at least one year with no changes. Patients should not have dry eyes, be pregnant or breastfeeding, and should be in good overall health to undergo this procedure. Patients who do not fit these requirements might consider ICLs. The best candidates for these patients are those who are adults with mild to severe myopia and who have had a steady prescription for an extended period of time as well. 

Interested in learning more about care for your vision? 

Contact Dr. Sharon Richens and her team at Richens Eye Center today by calling (435) 986-2020 and scheduling an appointment. She has two office locations in Mesquite, NV and St. George, UT and accepts new patients. 

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