IMPLANTABLE CONTACT LENS (ICL)

For some patients whose prescription is too high even for LASIK or epi-LASIK to correct, the ICL may be an excellent option. This implantable lens to correct vision has been available internationally for nearly a decade with worldwide experience in tens of thousands of patients.

What is ICL?


The ICL (sometimes referred to as an implantable contact lens) is placed within the eye during a brief, outpatient surgical procedure providing excellent quality of vision for many patients who cannot safely have LASIK or other laser vision correction. The ICL is invisible to you and others and requires no maintenance. It is made from Collamer, a collagen copolymer.
Collagen is the same naturally occurring substance present in the eye and in many other tissues of the human body. In one study, over 99% of patients in the clinical trial were satisfied with their new vision after the ICL procedure. Collamer is very compatible with the eye's natural environment and the lens contains an ultraviolet filter that provides protection to the eye.



Where is ICL Placed?



A trained ophthalmologist will insert the ICL through a small micro-incision, placing the implant inside the eye just behind the iris and in front of the eye's natural lens. The ICL is designed not to cause trauma to other eye structures and to stay in place with no special care.



Does it hurt?



No. Most patients tell us they are very comfortable throughout the procedure. Your ophthalmologist will use anesthetic eye-drops before the procedure and may administer a light sedative as well.

What type of procedure is involved in implanting the ICL?



Your doctor will prepare your eyes one to two weeks prior to surgery by using a laser to create a small opening between the lens and front chamber of your eye. This allows fluid to pass between the two areas, thereby avoiding the buildup of intraocular pressure following the surgery. The implantation procedure itself takes about 20 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis although arrangements should be made for someone to drive you to and from the procedure.
The day after the surgery you will return to your doctor for a followup visit. Another followup visit at one month and six months will allow your doctor to monitor your progress.



Can the ICL be removed from my eye?



Although the ICL is intended to remain in place permanently, a certified ophthalmologist can remove the implant if necessary.



Will I be able to feel the ICL once it is in place?



The ICL is designed to be completely unobtrusive after it is put in place. It stays in position by itself and does not generally interact with any of the eye's structures.