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 in front of the natural crystalline lens within the eye allowing you to see clearly without any glasses or contact lenses.

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

What are the benefits of ICL surgery?

The benefits of ICL surgery are:

  • Freedom from glasses and contact lenses
  • Sharp, clear vision
  • Excellent night vision
  • Quick and pain free procedure
  • Removability
  • No dry eye syndrome
  • UV protection

Advantages of ICL surgery?

ICL surgery has several advantages over other types of refractive surgery. Results show that ICL patients achieve excellent vision during the day and night does not worsen dry eyes and ICL implants are removable, providing you with both future flexbility and peace of mind. ICL surgery may be a more suitable option in those with thin corneas, dry eyes or other minor corneal problems. It may also be a suitable option for those with stable keratoconus. ICL surgery may be the only option for people with high prescriptions, thin corneas and existing dry eye problems.


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

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If you are interested in ICL or have been told you are not suitable for laser eye surgery, take back control of your vision with implantable contact lenses.

Allow our expert eye specialists to assess your eyes and provide educated guidance. We offer thorough consultations, examinations, and testing to recommend the best treatment option for you.

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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.

    You also have the option of sedation or general anaesthesia if you prefer.

    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 when 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 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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