Implantable Contact LenseS
For younger patients who have not begun to experience presbyopia, an intraocular lens can be implanted into the eye without the removal of the crystalline lens in order to reduce refractive error and dependence on glasses. Since the crystalline lens is left intact, presbyopia is not induced by this procedure. This procedure is more involved and slightly less precise than a traditional LASIK or PRK surgery, but it is able to correct far higher degrees of near- or far-sightedness.
The lens left in the eye will not degrade, but the prescription may change as you enter your 50s and 60s as part of the natural aging process.
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In short, implantable contact lenses (ICLs) are a good option for younger patients with a high degree of refractive error that is unable to be treated with LASIK. Similar to other refractive surgeries, this procedure is not covered by insurance.