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The Straits Times The Doctor Is In 28th September 2016

Doctor is in reversible vision correction

This article explains the differences in technology and outcomes between Implantable contact lens and Lasik.

Lasik causes thinning of the cornea as layers of the cornea are removed and thus the structure of the eye has to be changed and hence it is an irreversible option. ICL does not destroy any part of the eye and hence is a reversible vision correction choice.

 For more details go to https://theeyeclinic.com.sg/index.php/en/implantable-contact-lens/why-choose-icl

Singapore has one of the highest rates of myopia in the world. Data from the Singapore Eye Research Institute showed that 60 per cent of Singaporean children are myopic by the age of 12, and 80 per cent by the age of 18.While most of us want to improve our vision, corrective laser eye surgery can be a daunting prospect due to the risk of complications as it is not a reversible vision correction option.

Reversible Option

A reversible vision correction is a procedure in which none of your natural eye tissue is destroyed. For instance, For instance, Lasik irrevers­ibly thins the corneal tissue. Keeping your eye anatomy intact allows for more options in the future. As we age, we will develop diseases that need treatment such as cataracts. Reversibility means that you are still able to opt for other alternative options.

The implantable contact lens (ICL) is a reversible vision correction technol­ogy. The Swiss innovation has a 20-year history. Its long-term safety results have been well proven. Made of biocompatible collagen, the lens offers UV protection.

How Does Id Work?

ICL works like a contact lens. But unlike normal contact lenses, it does not leave you with dry eyes. You will not need to remove them daily and are free to go swimming or engage in vigorous sports. The lens is inserted via a two-milli metre wound which is smaller than other procedures. This is why the process is less painful with little down time. No tissue is removed or destroyed.

Dr Cheryl Lee from The Eye Clinic is on the ICL expert panel to train doctors internationally. She was also awarded last year for her presentation on the safety reasons and medical advantages of ICL in myopia.

Dr Lee said: "Finding the right treatment for myopia is not just about getting rid of glasses; it is finding a safe long-term option. Myopia is a disease which has to be controlled and taken care of to maintain good sight now and for the future."

Non-surgical Option

Those who prefer a non-surgical option can consider a special contact lens called Orthokeratology (Ortho-K). It is used especially on children as it slows down the progression of myopia by 50 per cent compared with wearing conventional glasses.

The Ortho-K lens is worn at night when sleeping. In the morning the lens is taken out. Optimal vision can then be enjoyed the whole day without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

To learn more about reversible vision correction, head down to The Eye Clinic's public forum or visit www.theeyeclinic.com.sg.

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