The New Toric ICL Lens
February 1, 2020 • 0 comments
Vision care is a dynamic field, with technological innovations constantly generating remarkable new choices for patients. At La Jolla LASIK Institute in San Diego, we are especially excited about a new implantable lens that is a great option for treating many cases of high-prescription myopic astigmatism.
New and Proven
Since the Toric ICL, or Visian Toric Implantable Collamer Lens was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2018, I have performed hundreds of these procedures, surgically implanting the lens behind the iris and in front of the eye’s natural lens. Toric ICL is like a clear contact lens that you never have to replace, giving you sharp vision at a variety of distances.
The new lens is a great option for those who may not meet the criteria for LASIK. Although there have been other implantable lenses on the market, the Toric ICL is the first that treats myopia and astigmatism at the same time, eliminating the need to correct myopia and astigmatism with two separate procedures.
The Toric ICL has been available internationally for a decade; and in that time it has established an impressive track record. More than 100,000 patients worldwide have received the lenses. The FDA’s approval was based in part on a clinical study of 210 individuals who underwent the surgical procedure. Nearly 98 percent reported improved vision that was exactly or close to the acuity they were seeking.
High Satisfaction for High Prescription
When it comes to nighttime vision, many individuals report greater satisfaction with an implantable lens, compared with LASIK. Because the surgical procedure to implant the lenses leaves corneal tissue intact, it gives the patient a greater range of options if, later on in life, cataract surgery is required or a LASIK procedure is selected.
I advise that patients with very high prescriptions for both myopia and astigmatism consider the Toric ICL. People with dry eyes or thin corneas are also ideal candidates. Insufficient corneal thickness rules out LASIK for some refractive cases. You are probably also a good candidate for the Toric ICL if you prefer a vision solution that is reversible. Your Toric ICL can be removed or updated at any time in the future.
If you have questions about the benefits of the Toric ICL, and the convenient surgical procedure used to implant the lens, I invite you to schedule a personal consultation by calling (888) 552-0086 or emailing my team today.