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Highly Nearsighted Patients

What is Myopia? What is High Myopia or Extreme Nearsightedness?

Myopic or nearsighted individuals typically have problems seeing well at a distance and are forced to wear glasses or contact lenses. The nearsighted eye is usually longer than a normal eye and the cornea may also be steeper. As a result, when light passes through the cornea and the lens it is focused in front of the retina, making distant images appear blurred.

Myopia or nearsightedness is perhaps the most common vision disorder known to ophthalmologists. For years glasses and contact lenses have been the typical protocol for correcting myopia so that light can focus on the retina. In most circumstances the myopic patient has a plethora of very good options for correcting myopia such as glasses, contact lenses, intacs corneal ring segments and laser vision correction. If someone’s specific myopic problem is severe also know as high myopia or extreme nearsightedness options for correcting vision can be limited.

Symptoms of High Myopia

•    Inability to see at distances far away

Treatment Options For Patients With High Levels of Myopia


The main treatment options include a traditional set of glasses which may be thick and the NEW Visian ICL also known as the implantable contact lens or implantable collamer lens.

* Refractive surgery procedures such as LASIK or ICL may reduce the need for glasses, but do not decrease the risk associated with being highly myopic.

Risks of Highly Myopic Patient

•    Increased risk of retinal detachment
•    Increased risk of retinal holes or tears
•    Increased risk of irregular blood vessel growth

More About the Visian ICL
ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) also known as the implantable contact lens.
There is a VERY new solution for patients with high amounts of nearsightedness. The Visian ICL is a break-through intraocular refractive lens that can correct vision up to –20 diopters of nearsightedness. The Visian ICL procedure has been repeatedly improved through years of studies and continued refinement. The lens has actually been used in Europe for the last ten years while it was under a thorough investigation by the FDA. (Food & Drug Administration) This lens is a posterior chamber implant that is situated behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that a patient has surgery and leaves the same day. Please visit our ICL module for a better and more detailed explanation as to what surgery with this lens involves.

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