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Implantable Contact Lenses vs. LASIK

Last updated 6 years ago

For many people, glasses and contacts can be a huge inconvenience.  It can be easy to lose, damage, or misplace corrective lenses, which can be costly to replace.  Laser surgery and implantable contact lenses offer a beneficial alternative to removable lenses.


LASIK, or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, utilizes an excimer laser to permanently reshape the cornea of the eye.  The cornea can be reshaped to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, reducing or eliminating the need for corrective lenses.  LASIK surgery provides dramatic, rapid results with minimal discomfort.  This procedure is recommended for patients over 18 who have not had a change in glasses or contact prescription in a year or more.    

  • Implantable Contact Lenses

Implantable contact lenses are for moderate to severely nearsighted patients who would prefer either not to have a custom LASIK or have been deemed a non-candidate for these procedures.  The ICL is an implantable collamer lens, made from collamer.  Collamer is made partially of collagen, which occurs naturally in the body and is compatible with your body’s chemistry.  The ICL is implanted directly in front of the lens, behind the iris, and cannot be felt by the patient.  These lenses are recommended for patients from ages 18 to 45 with little or no astigmatism, although there have been exceptions.  Implantable lenses are proven to be just as safe as LASIK and a good alternative to any of its variant procedures.      

Clear Advantage offers LASIK and implantable contact lenses as options to our patients.  If you would like to know if you are a candidate for either of these life-changing procedures, then call our friendly Portsmouth staff at (603) 379-6817 today. 


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