What are the advantages and disadvantages of implantable contact lenses?

Dr. Matthew Russell reveals the advantages and disadvantages of implantable contact lenses (ICLs)

The big advantage of implantable contact lenses is that it enables people who aren’t suitable candidates for LASIK or PRK to have vision correction.

ICLs opens up the possibility of vision correction to a much greater array of people. For example, ICLs can correct the vision of people who have a refractive error that’s too high to be suitable for laser vision correction. It’s able to be used in people who have corneas that are naturally too thin to be able to be suitable to go ahead with the treatment… Also, Learn more about what are the benefits of implantable contact lenses!



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The disadvantages of an ICL is that it’s a more involved process. It involves having to go to day surgery, and through an operation on each eye, to put the artificial contact lens, the lens that we use to correct vision, inside the eye, and place that appropriately so that it will sit there to restore the vision longterm.

If you would like to learn more about laser vision correction and understand which treatment is going to be most appropriate for you to free you from glasses and contact lenses, then please go to our website and book online for a free laser vision assessment.

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Dr. Matthew Russell


Laser eye and cataract surgery specialist

With over 15 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

Vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery hinge on the expertise and skill set of the provider who also has access to the most precise tools for the job. Ophthalmic surgeons like me know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

I understand that medical and surgical eye care is a serious undertaking. I take the time to address whatever questions and concerns you might have. I believe everyone’s eyes are unique and require a customised solution tailored to your needs and goals.

My combination of education, training and experience positions me to provide optimal results for patients of all ages. I have a passion for helping my patients enjoy the clear, high-definition vision they need to live rich and active lives. Now, I have hand-picked a team of professionals that share my passion and commitment to exceptional care.

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