Quality of life in high myopia before and after implantable collamer lens implantation

Implantable Collamer lenses (ICLs) are new to the United States. These soft and foldable lenses are introduced into a phakic eye through a small 3.0 mm incision near the limbus. Early results have shown the procedure to be safe and effective.

Leong et. al. uses a new standard to evaluate the impact of ICLs on a patient. Instead of using visual acuity or refractive error outcomes, Leong et. al. used the National Eye Institute’s Refractive Quality of Life and the Quality of Life Impact on Refractive Correction.  These two measures are new and center on patient attitudes about their “life” after the procedure.

Patients had a high overall satisfaction with ICL surgery and had higher scores than spectacle wearing patients with refractive errors equivalent to those who were pre-surgical.   In conclusion, ICLs can be a correction option equal or better than others that are now being offered.

Source: Leong, A. ; Hau, S.C.H.; Rubin, G.S.; and Allan, B.D.S. Ophthalmology, 117 (12) pp 2295-2300

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About Richard Hom OD, MPA

Dr. Hom holds Doctor of Optometry and Masters in Public Administration degrees and practices family eye care and consults on public policy, health information technology and program evaluation.
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