Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) Specialist

Randa Garrana, MD -  - LASIK Surgeon

Advanced Lasik

Randa Garrana, MD

LASIK Surgeon located in Manhattan, NY, Long Beach, CA, & Pasadena, CA

If you want a long-term answer to vision correction but LASIK isn’t right for you, an implantable contact lens might be a great solution. At Advanced Lasik in Manhattan, New York City, Long Beach, California, and Pasadena, California Harvard-educated ophthalmologist Randa Garrana, MD, offers state-of-the-art implantable contact lenses for patients with myopia. Book your appointment using the online scheduling tool or by calling the office nearest you now.

Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) Q & A

What are implantable contact lenses?

Implantable contact lenses are lenses that Dr. Garrana surgically places in your eye, either in back of your iris or in between your cornea and iris. Implantable contact lenses are made from either purified collagen or acrylic.

They work very much like regular contacts, but the difference is that they're a permanent part of your eye. With implantable contact lenses, you can sleep in your lenses, and you'll have clear vision at all times.


Is there any downtime after getting implantable contact lenses?

After you get implantable contact lenses, there’s usually very little downtime. It might take a few days for your vision to stabilize after implantable contact lens surgery, but most patients are able to get back to their normal daily routine within just a few days. Very shortly, you can expect sharp vision without having to use glasses or contacts anymore.

Am I a good candidate for implantable contact lenses?

Implantable contact lenses are meant for use in two groups: myopia (nearsightedness) sufferers and patients who have presbyopia (age-related vision impairment). Generally, implantable contact lenses are best for patients with moderate-to-severe vision impairment.

If you're not a good LASIK candidate because of thin corneas, large pupils, or chronic dry eyes, implantable contact lenses could be a good alternative for long-term vision correction. While LASIK isn’t right for those with very serious myopia, implantable contact lenses can work well in this situation.

Dr. Garrana can do a complete eye exam to determine if you’re a good candidate for implantable contact lenses. She can suggest implantable contact lenses if you come seeking LASIK surgery but it’s determined it won’t work for you.

What if I change my mind about the implantable contact lenses later?

It’s not a problem, Dr. Garrana can do a short surgery to remove the lenses if they cause you any problems or if you decide to use another form of vision correction going forward. But most patients love their implantable contact lenses because they’re comfortable, convenient, maintenance-free, and invisible.

To learn more about implantable contact lenses, click online scheduling or call the Advanced Lasik office for your consultation with Dr. Garrana.