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ICL (Implantable Contact Lenses)

I was speak­ing to a fel­low sur­geon today on whom I per­formed bilat­er­al ICL surgery last week. We’re used to our ICL patients being over­whelmed and delight­ed with their vision but she went even fur­ther than this. She remarked that the improved con­trast, detail, and mag­ni­fi­ca­tion she has gained with the ICL has made her a more con­fi­dent sur­geon! As a der­ma­to­log­ic sur­geon, she is able to see the details and irreg­u­lar­i­ties of the skin far bet­ter than ever before. You may be won­der­ing- why and how a lens implant­ed in the eye can pro­vide gains in visu­al acu­ity and vision qual­i­ty? By tak­ing the lens pow­er from in front of the eye, as is the case with glass­es and con­ven­tion­al con­tact lens­es, and plac­ing that lens pow­er clos­er to the nodal point of the eye, we can real­ize sev­er­al unique visu­al ben­e­fits for the near­sight­ed per­son. Among these are that image size is increased, and the effects of astig­ma­tism and oth­er high­er order aber­ra­tions are min­i­mized.

She men­tioned that one of the rea­sons she chose to have the ICL per­formed was because she strug­gled in the past with dry eye which was exac­er­bat­ed by the fre­quent use of her con­tact lens­es. Since con­tact lens­es rob the eye of oxy­gen and thus increase inflam­ma­tion, it only serves to make dry eye pro­gres­sive­ly worse over time. She was attract­ed to the fact that ICL cre­ates the least corneal nerve dis­rup­tion of any refrac­tive surgery pro­ce­dure and thus it is the least like­ly to even tran­sient­ly increase dry eye symp­toms. Like many of my ICL patients, she also was drawn to the fact that ICL is also the only Refrac­tive surgery that is reversible, though of course I’ve nev­er had a patient who want­ed it reversed! Her com­ments about the improved con­trast sen­si­tiv­i­ty that the ICL has allowed her remind­ed me of the reports some of my US Army col­leagues have brought to my atten­tion regard­ing the spe­cial forces war fight­ers who see a great pop in their night vision acu­ity, espe­cial­ly when wear­ing night vision gog­gles.

As an eye sur­geon I love what I do, but I espe­cial­ly love the abil­i­ty to uti­lize cut­ting edge tech­nol­o­gy to bring our patients bet­ter vision than they’ve ever had before. Tech­nolo­gies like Visian ICL and cus­tomvue Intralase (iLasik) allow me to do just that!

July 24th, 2015|0 Comments

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.


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