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Implantable lenses an alternative to glasses or Lasik

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Bonney McJunkin has had it with her lousy eye site.

"I am pretty darn near-sighted!" she says with a laugh.

She started wearing glasses in first grade, and it's been downhill ever since.

"Wakin' up in the middle of the night, and having to army crawl all the way over to my bedside table to get this far away to see what time it is!"

Bonney's an engineer and scuba diver, so she's very active lifestyle.  The whole near-sighted thing just doesn't work for her anymore, especially since she's getting married very soon.

"I'm worrying about the day of, you know, what if my contacts dry up halfway through my ceremony?  Who wants to be worrying about that on their wedding day?"

When most people get fed up with their contacts or glasses, they generally think about Lasik surgery.  But there is another option out there right now, and that's what brought Bonney to Dr. Mark Herschel at Herschel Lasik in Orlando."

She's here this day for a procedure putting in a relatively new type of vision correction called Visian Implantable Collamer lenses, or ICL.  Doctors implant ICL'S in the chamber between your eye's iris and your natural lens. Nothing is changed in your eye.

"Because the Visian ICL does not remove any tissue from the eye, it doesn't take any tissue from the cornea," said Dr. Mark Herschel.  "The optics of the eye remain pristine."

ICL has been on the market since 2005.   Herschel is one of 10 central Florida surgical practices doing ICL, and it's really starting to take off.

"My practice is seeing an increase of probably 30 percent every year," he said.

It is a virtually painless process and can usually be done in less than 45 minutes.  Five minutes after Bonney's lenses were in, we asked to read a clock in the distance.
"I can read the clock!" she exclaimed.

For more information about the procedure, visit Herschel Lasik's website.

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