What to do if you’re not suitable for laser eye surgery

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11 February 2021

Author: Kate Green

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Have you considered Implantable Contact Lenses?


Laser eye surgery is often something that people consider having for years before finally taking the plunge. Like with any vision correction surgery, it’s not a decision to be taken lightly and it’s important that you think about whether it’s right for you and your lifestyle. Unfortunately, some people who are eager to have laser eye surgery, knowing that they would benefit greatly from it, are found unsuitable for the treatment.


Some of the most common reasons people aren’t suitable for laser eye surgery are:

  • High prescription
  • Dry eyes
  • Astigmatism
  • Thin corneas


While you may not be a candidate for laser eye surgery, there is an alternative procedure available in the form of Implantable Contact Lens surgery (ICL treatment). ICLs are designed to last for up to 100 years so you should feel their benefit for the rest of your life.


ICLs are inserted into your eye via a small incision made in surgery and they sit behind your iris, invisible to you and anyone looking at you. Trained opticians should be able to see the lens upon a close examination but no one in your day-to-day life will be able to spot it. It allows you to enjoy the benefits of glasses and contact lenses without any of the hassle that comes with them, such as eye infections from contacts, or glasses getting in the way of sports.



What prescription can Implantable Contact Lenses treat?


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One of the main benefits of ICLs is that they can treat a wide range of prescriptions. For short-sighted patients, ICLs can treat up to -23, while long-sighted patients with a prescription of +11 can benefit from treatment.


People with such strong prescriptions are totally reliant on their visual aid, whether that’s glasses or contact lenses, often needing them from the moment they wake up until they go to sleep in the evening. It’s these types of patients who usually are interested in laser eye surgery at first, however they’re often not suitable due to the degree of visual correction needed (laser eye surgery at Optimax typically treats up to -10 for myopia and +6 for hyperopia).


EVO Visian Implantable Contact Lens


The lens we use at Optimax is the EVO Visian ICL. Across 2018 and 2019, 99.78% of our patients were satisfied with the results of their ICL surgery, often telling us about the absolute joy of being able to wake up and see, after years – often decades – of wearing glasses.


The EVO Visian ICL is made of collamer, a bio-compatible material. It is soft and flexible, allowing it to be easily inserted through a small incision during surgery. It also provides UV protection, reducing your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration later in life (to name but a few UV-induced eye conditions).


Following insertion of the EVO Visian ICL, we generally tell patients to allow around four days for recovery before they experience good, clear vision. However, some patients find that even by day two they’re enjoying vision better than they ever had with their glasses and contact lenses!

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EVO Visian ICL has been used by vision correction surgeons for over 20 years in more than 75 different countries. At Optimax, we pride ourselves on working with lens providers of the highest quality and both we and our patients are delighted with the results produced by EVO Visian.


Are you suitable for Implantable Contact Lenses?


To find out if you’re suitable for ICL surgery, you can enter your details into our online suitability calculator. This will provide an indication as to whether your prescription falls within our treatment parameters and which treatment will provide the best results for you.


At your free in-person consultation, we will be able to assess your eye health thoroughly and talk to you in further depth about the ICL procedure and each step involved. To book in for your free consultation (subject to a refundable £10 booking fee), give us a call on 0800 093 1110, or book online here. Your consultation is the perfect pressure-free environment for you to find out more about vision correction treatment, and we’re here to help you make the best decision for you.

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