Hi again! This is Ranjeet Bajwa from one of his optometry in Ventura California. I wanted to talk to you today about an exciting new development in the field of vision correction. We now have a new advent of correcting people with very high prescriptions as well as astigmatism.
The implantable contact lens is one of the devices that we utilize to correct really really high prescriptions that fall outside of the range of what we can do for LASIK for patients that are pre-cataract patients. So, people that we’re talking about here, anyone under the age of 50 and with a prescription in the high minus range. What these lens does is, it’s like a contact lens going on the front surface of the eye or LASIK going on the front surface of the cornea. We now have the ability to put a contact lens in to the eye. This sits behind the iris, the colored portion of the front portion of your eye, and in front of the lens inside of the eye. The nice thing about this is, it’s a great way for correcting really high prescriptions that are unable to be corrected properly with either contact lenses, LASIK, PRK or any types or devices. The other thing that’s really nice about it is it’s not permanent. So, when the time comes for a cataract surgery which we all unfortunately get to look forward to, this can be taken out and it does not cost any complications when it comes to cataract surgery. The nice thing about the recent introduction was previously our implantable contact lenses (ICL) were only ______ power. We were stuck having to do the astigmatism correction with either LASIK or PRK on top of the implantable contact. Just recently, the FDA approved a torque implant as well, so now we can crack prescriptions as high as minus 15 with up to 4 diopters of astigmatism.
We can also do a Myopia reduction which is basically correcting a significant chunk of really high prescriptions over patients that fall on that minus 15 to minus 20 range, we can now actually reduce that down to a more manageable prescription. Again, this fall in line with a lot of different options that we offer with the technology that’s available nowadays, we have the ability to offer vision correction for nearly everyone. So, from younger children, when we talk about Orthokeratology or corneal molding to get you so you can wear no lenses at all during the day time to LASIK and PRK patients that fall in the age range of about 18 to about 45-50, and then in this case now ICLs is now Torque ICLs. Of course, for patients over the age of 50 they’re looking for vision correction, extended depth of focus, implantable lenses for cataract surgery are available that will correct their vision long term. So, good options are available. If you have any additional questions, reach out one of his optometry in Ventura California, Dr. Ranjeet Bajwa. Talk to you soon.