Dallas, Texas (PressExposure) April 29, 2009 -- If you've dreamed of throwing away your contacts or glasses but don't like the downsides of Lasik, there is an alternative - one that doesn't use a blade, laser, or need stitches. The alternative is wearing permanent contacts.
"Patients are really thinking this is better than sliced bread," said Dr. Jeffrey Whitman, an eye surgeon. Implantable contact lenses -- or ICL -- involves a minimally invasive surgery with one, small, self-healing cut.
The lens is inserted in front of the eye's own lens, behind the pupil. It takes just 10 minutes an eye. Patients are awake the entire time. ICL costs $3,000 to $4,000 an eye and is not covered by insurance. But, unlike the less costly Lasik, which forever changes the shape of the cornea, with ICL, anything done can also be undone.
"We have a lens that we can remove if we want to do something, a new technology comes out and we want to do something down the line. And we haven't interfered with the structure of the eye," said Dr. Whitman. He says implantable contact technology has now advanced to reach any patient eligible for Lasik, as well as those who aren't good candidates. And there are no downsides like a halo-effect or dry-eyes. With any surgery, there are some risk but well worth it, for those who are looking for an alternative to Lasik.
About us Key-Whitman Eye Center is located at 2801 Lemmon Avenue in Dallas, TX 75204 with satellite offices in Plano and Arlington. For more information about Key-Whitman Eye Center, please visit our website http://www.keywhitman.com or call 1-800-442-5330.