Implantable Contact Lens

What is implantable contact lens (ICL) surgery?

Implantable Contact Lens, also known as Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL), is an alternative to laser vision correction where a specially designed custom refractive lens is implanted in the eye through a tiny incision in the eye. This lens sits on top of the natural crystalline lens within the eye allowing you to see without any glasses or contact lens.

For patients with very high prescriptions, or where laser vision correction is not suitable, ICL may be the best way to improve vision and reduce dependence on glasses. ICL implants may also be suitable in some patients with stable keratoconus.

Advantages of ICL surgery?

ICL surgery has several advantages over other types of refractive surgery. ICL surgery may be a more suitable option in those with thin corneas, dry eyes or other minor corneal problems. It may be a suitable option in those with stable keratoconus. ICL surgery may be the only option for people with high prescriptions

The range of spectacle prescriptions that can be treated effectively is approximately:

  • Up to -20.00D of myopia or short sightedness
  • Up to +10.00D of hyperopia or long sightedness
  • Up to ±6.00D of astigmatism

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    Suitability is dependent on:

    • Your Age <45
    • Your glasses prescription
    • Your eye examination
    • Results of eye scans performed at your consultation
    • Your suitability for alternative procedures such as Laser Vision Correction
    • Your lifestyle
    • Your work and hobbies

    During your consultation, Mr. Ayoub will discuss whether this or an alternate procedure is suitable for you depending on your personal circumstances.

    The alternatives to ICL surgery are LVC or RLE surgery.

    The surgery is generally pain free as anaesthesia in the form of drops is used during the surgery to numb the eye.

    Yes you have the option of having both eyes done on the same day. Mr. Ayoub will discuss this option with you during the consultation

    Infection, Lens Exchange, Cataract, Raised eye pressure, Retinal tear/detachment

    Generally most people are ready to return to work/general day-to-day activities 3 days after surgery. However, heavy lifting and strenuous activity should be avoided for 2 weeks after surgery. Mr. Ayoub will discuss your personal circumstances with you during your consultation.

    Driving can be resumed with the legal standard is met, typically one week after surgery. Mr. Ayoub will discuss your personal circumstances with you during your consultation.

    The surgery is completely reversible. The implant sits on top of the natural crystalline lens in the eye. As this natural lens ages, a cataract may develop in this natural lens. In the unlikely event of a major prescription shift or need for lens exchange or should you require cataract surgery, the ICL implant can be readily removed.

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