Implantable Contact Lenses vs. LASIK

Wouldn’t it be great if you could wake up in the morning and check the time or turn off the alarm without fumbling for your glasses first? This worry can be eliminated with either implantable contact lenses or an Orlando LASIK procedure offered by Doc Brock and his staff at Magruder Laser Vision. While LASIK is readily recognized by many patients, a significant number of people have very little information concerning permanently implanted contacts. Below is information to help you determine which procedure may best suit your needs.

Implantable Contact Lenses

Magruder Laser Vision offers two different implantable contact lens types. The Verisyse Phakic Intraocular Lens attaches to the iris and is designed for use by adults aged 21 or older. Candidates must have stable vision, meaning very little visual change within a six month period.

The Visian Implantable Collamer Lens is designed for patients aged 21 to 45 years old. Patient vision must be stable for one year before the procedure is performed. Extreme nearsightedness that’s not correctable by LASIK may be corrected with Visian lenses. Due to the lens being made of collamer, it requires a smaller incision to implant than the Verisyse lens. Studies have shown patients have slightly better vision with Visian than with Verisyse lenses. This procedure is recommended by the United States military. Over 2000 treatments have given “fighter pilot” vision (20/15) to airmen who would have been otherwise unable to fly.

LASIK Less expensive than implantable contacts, LASIK has a long history of success since its first procedure in 1991. With more precise machinery to perform LASIK, a vast majority of patients experience improved vision almost immediately. Astigmatism, or unusual curvature of the eye, is usually correctable with LASIK, unlike with implantable contact lenses.

Ask your ophthalmologist at Magruder Laser Vision which procedure would best fit your needs and your eyesight. We offer a free consultation for our LASIK and implantable lens candidates and take all aspects of your busy life – career, hobbies, age, and goals – into consideration before we recommend any form of treatment. Call us today at 407-843-5665 to schedule your consultation or appointment. Our blog page offers insight into our procedures as well as the advantages of Orlando LASIK over traditional contact lenses or glasses.