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15 Oct 2018

Unsuitable for LASIK due to a high prescription?

Unsuitable for LASIK due to a high prescription?

Author: Dr James Genge, Founder and Medical Director

Laser vision correction is a safe and accurate way to achieve independence from glasses. There is, however, a subset of patients who are unsuitable for laser eye surgery. Generally, these patients are either too myopic (shortsighted) and fall outside the treatment possible with Laser, have corneas that are too thin or have abnormally shaped corneas (keratoconus). Patients can be made worse if treated with Laser in these settings and careful pre-operative assessment identifies them.

These patients are ideal Intraocular Collamer Lens (ICL) implantation. This lens can correct high levels of myopia, significant astigmatism and in certain situations hyperopia. A recent study looked at the visual quality in high myopia (> -8 diopters) and found it was superior in patients who had an ICL implantation compared to LASIK.

The procedure is performed as day surgery under general anaesthetic and has a rapid and pain-free recovery. The lens is implanted through a 3mm incision and positioned behind the iris. The ICL vaults over the front of the natural lens, maintaining the natural lens allows for a full spectrum of vision range.

The technology of Intraocular Collamer Lenses is an exciting development, providing independence from glasses and contact lenses in patients who would never be able to achieve this otherwise, in a safe, quick and pain-free procedure with visual recovery within 1 day.

I am one of a handful of surgeons accredited in ICL lenses and have extensive experience with them.

Please call us on 02 9981 1771 to check if you are suitable for this brilliant technology.