Implantable Contact Lenses, or ICL, can be an excellent alternative to LASIK for medium to extreme nearsightedness. They provide excellent quality of vision and are the preferred treatment in many military situations.
LASIK changes the shape of your corneas by removing small amounts of corneal tissue to correct vision, allowing you to retain your natural focusing ability. With the ICL procedure, your surgeon implants a collamer (collagen-based) lens without the removal of your eye’s natural lens. Unlike contact lenses, these implanted lenses never need to be removed for cleaning. And unlike LASIK surgery, they are removable – making the treatment reversible.