"I have really high myopia (-19D in left eye and -20D in right eye) and have used hard contacts until now - unfortunately I’ve developed an intolerance towards them. I've never heard of anyone with myopia this high and I'm really worried about my treatment options. Do you have any input or useful information?" - Cassie
There’s good news for you and other patients with high myopia. Now, implantable Collamer lenses are approved as a myopia treatment on patients with moderate to severe nearsightedness. If you haven’t already looked into Visian ICL, it’s worth researching to see if it’s right for you. These surgically-implanted implantable Collamer lenses come in powers as high as -15D and treat up to -20D, which could provide a real boost to your vision.
What is the Visian ICL?
Study after study has shown Visian ICL to be a solid alternative to LASIK and similar refractive myopia surgical procedures. Designed for patients age 21-45 with stable vision, Visian ICL is ideal for patients with -3 to -20 diopters. Keep in mind, Visian ICL is not designed to treat astigmatism, which means you need to have astigmatism lesser than 2.5 to be a candidate for the myopia surgery. In some cases, doctors have combined Visian ICL with LASIK to treat the remaining astigmatism.
Why Not Just Get LASIK?
We spoke to Dr. James J. Salz, clinical professor of Opthalmology at the University of Southern California about this very issue. He said, “Patients who are above -10 diopters or -11 diopters (which is considered severe myopia) often can't get enough correction with a LASIK procedure.” Salz also added that LASIK simply isn’t for everyone. Anyone with severely dry eyes, as well as specific corneal diseases and other conditions are generally not good LASIK candidates.
"My vision was so bad the army wouldn't accept me," says Christiaan Rollich, who was severely nearsighted. For Rollich, not wearing glasses or contacts meant not seeing at all. "If I took out my contacts, I wouldn't be able identify anybody in the room, no matter how close they were."
Now, however, Rollick has Visian ICL implants for his high myopia and raves about the impact it’s had on his life.
"It's the best money I ever spent, now I have really clear vision. I can do anything I want now. I surf, I do Thai boxing,” she said. “It's really amazing."
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