Types of Implantable Lenses

IOL and ICL: What's the difference?

There are two types of corrective implantable contact lenses:

  • Verisyse Phakic Intraocular Lens (IOL)
  • Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)

Both are equally safe and effective ways to treat patients who suffer from severe myopia and who are not candidates for laser eye correction due to other existing factors. These products are different, however, and carry slightly different potential risks.

Intraocular Lens (IOLs)

The Verisyse Phakic Intraocular Lens (IOL) is made of plastic and attached to the front of the iris by an experienced ophthalmologist. It is designed to replace the eye's natural crystalline lens and to focus light onto the retina (the back of the eye) just as a healthy lens would. The Verisyse IOL lens is not foldable, so it is inserted into the eye through a slightly larger incision than the Visian ICL. It is also placed closer to the cornea, potentially presenting a slightly increased risk of cornea damage.

There are different kinds of IOLs, and the kind used will depend on the patient's level of eyesight or the severity of his or her cataracts. An example is the monofocal IOL, which is typically used for patients who are severely myopic (nearsighted). If you suffer from bad eyesight or severe cataracts, the Verisyse device may help restore your vision. Dr. Soroudi has years of experience in conducting IOL surgeries in various forms, including multifocal IOLs, monofocal IOLs, astigmatism correcting IOLs, and accommodative IOLs. To find out if this procedure could be what you need to experience clear vision, call the Soroudi Advanced LASIK & Eye Center to set up a consultation appointment.

Implantable Lens (ICLs)

While commonly referred to as implantable contact lenses, ICL actually stands for implantable collamer lens. The Visian ICL is so named because of the unique, biocompatible material of which it is made. This lens is implanted behind the iris (the colored part of the eye), in front of the eye's natural lens. The Visian ICL lens is foldable, so it can be positioned in the eye using a smaller incision than the Verisyse. Since it is placed closer to the lens of the eye, it carries a slightly higher risk of causing cataracts.

The Visian ICL is an excellent option for individuals who suffer from myopia, but are unable to receive LASIK surgery due to other pre-existing conditions including dry eyes or thin corneas. Neither of these conditions disqualifies a candidate from receiving Visian ICL.

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The best way to discover which type of eye care is right for you is to speak with an experienced ophthalmologist. To learn more about these procedures and whether or not an IOL or ICL could help you reach your goal of clear eyesight, call our Los Angeles or Encino office today to schedule a consultation.

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