What is Refractive Surgery?
Refractive Surgery is eye surgery meant to decrease or eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses. Most commonly we think of this as “LASIK”, but there are many other types of refractive surgery, including PRK, ICL and Refractive Lens Exchange. It is vital to match the right type of refractive surgery to the specifics of your condition, including your age and the amount of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism that your eyes have. Dr. Parekh is the only refractive surgeon in the area offering such a wide array of options.
ICL (Implantable Contact Lens)
While LASIK and PRK reshape the cornea, the ICL procedure is thought of as an
“implantable contact lens”– a vision correcting lens that is implanted in the eye to reduce the need for glasses and contact lenses.
This is an alternative for patients who are not LASIK or PRK candidates, mostly for patients who are highly or severely near-sighted. The “implantable collamer lens” is made of collamer– a blend of polymer plastic and natural collagen– a substance naturally found in the body. Dr. Parekh is the only surgeon in the area performing this procedure.
You may be a good candidate for ICL if:
- your prescription falls outside the accepted range for laser refractive procedures
- you have extreme near-sightedness
- you may otherwise not be an ideal candidate for vision correction procedures