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Anyone with compromised vision knows just how much of a hassle wearing glasses and contact lenses are. They can be restrictive, aesthetically unappealing, or you may have trouble placing your contacts.

Contact lenses are less noticeable than glasses, but the issue that many people often have is that it can be quite a task to place them correctly, especially for those who have just started wearing them. They can also be uncomfortable and require a great deal of maintenance.

The ICL is a lens that can be implanted into the eye, which gets rid of this hassle.
This is a lens for your eyes that could simply be implanted without you having to put it on every morning and take it out every night.

Read on to find out more about ICL or Implantable Collamer® Lenses and what it can do for you.

What is the ICL procedure
and how does it work?

ICL or Implantable Collamer® Lens is an implantable lens that can correct your vision. ICL can be used for correcting a wide range of prescriptions for those suffering from moderate to severe myopia or hyperopia. The ICL procedure can even cover those patients who may not be eligible for LASIK, thus helping a wider number of patients.

The great thing about the ICL procedure is that it does not require any removal of your corneal tissue. Instead, the ICL is designed in such a way that once it is implanted, it blends in seamlessly with your natural eye and works in perfect harmony without any issues. Once implanted, the lens will unfold gently in your eyes and rest behind your iris. In other words, ICL is completely biocompatible with your natural body chemistry.

For this reason, it is often referred to as additive vision correction. No corneal tissue is removed, but a special lens that is compatible with your natural eye chemistry is simply implanted.

What is the procedure like?

The procedure for Implantable Collamer® Lens is fairly quick and simple. It takes only about 30 minutes for the procedure to be completed for most patients. It is a minimally invasive procedure that involves only an insert so the procedure is completely reversible if needed.

During your ICL procedure, we will do everything we can to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable and that your procedure goes smoothly.

After your procedure, you will need to rest for some time so you can recover quickly. In just a few days, you can continue with your daily routine with a much-improved vision.

A great thing about ICL is that it is a removable option. So, even if you have chosen to undergo the procedure, you can do it with peace of mind, knowing that you can always have it removed when a better treatment option comes along in the future, or when your needs change.

What are the benefits of the ICL procedure?

ICL does not cause dry eyes
Implanted Collamer® Lens does not cause dry eyes, which is a common side effect for many other vision correction procedures. This is because it is completely biocompatible with your natural eye chemistry, so there are no adverse effects.

ICL blends in seamlessly with your natural eye
ICL unfolds gently in your eyes once it is implanted and rests behind your iris. There is no need for removal of any corneal tissue because it blends in seamlessly with your natural eye.

Provides UV rays protection for your eyes
The Collamer material that is used for making the lens has built-in UV protection. This means that not only is your vision improved, you also get a barrier to protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays.

Simple procedure and quick recovery
With a procedure that lasts no more than 30 minutes and a very short recovery period, the ICL procedure is the ideal vision correction treatment for many patients.

Gives you the vision you always dreamed of
The results of ICL procedures are truly vision-changing. You can achieve excellent night vision, and it is the ideal solution for patients with myopia. Besides, you can see the results quickly, thanks to the short recovery period.

Patients have the option to remove ICL
In case your requirements change or a better, more advanced solution comes along, your doctor can easily remove your implanted ICL. You don’t have to make any permanent commitment.

Treats a wide range of prescriptions
The ICL procedure can treat a wide range of prescriptions and can correct up to –20 diopters. This means that even patients who are not eligible for LASIK because of reasons such as thin corneas may be able to benefit from the ICL procedure.


Am I a suitable candidate for ICL?

Ideal candidates for ICL are adults with a stable vision prescription who seek freedom from glasses or contacts. Please consult our eye care professionals to determine your suitability for an ICL based on your eye health and prescription stability.

How does the ICL differ from LASIK or PRK?

Unlike LASIK and PRK, ICL involves placing a lens inside the eye, not altering the cornea’s shape. This lens, made from biocompatible material, is positioned between the iris and the eye’s natural lens. This preserves the cornea’s integrity and suits individuals with thinner corneas, higher refractive errors, or those not suitable for corneal-based procedures.

What vision problems can ICL correct?

ICL effectively treats nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.

How long does the ICL surgery take?

ICL surgery usually takes around 15 to 30 minutes per eye. The implantation process is swift, and many patients experience immediate improvement in their vision.

Is the ICL procedure reversible?

Yes, one of the advantages of ICL is its reversibility. If necessary, the lens can be removed or replaced, allowing for potential adjustments in the future, although this is rarely required.

What is the recovery period like after ICL surgery?

Recovery after ICL surgery is relatively quick. Most patients experience improved vision within a few days. Minor discomfort and sensitivity may be present initially, but these symptoms generally subside soon after the procedure.

Will I still need to use glasses or contact lenses after the ICL procedure?

While ICL greatly reduces dependence on glasses or contacts, some patients may still require them for activities like reading fine print or in certain lighting conditions. However, the reliance on corrective eyewear is significantly minimized.

Are there any risks or potential complications associated with ICL?

ICL surgery is generally safe, but like any procedure, it carries some risks. Potential complications include infection, inflammation, glare, halos, or issues with the implanted lens position. Our doctors perform a thorough pre-operative assessment to reduce these risks.

How long do the results of the ICL procedure typically last?

ICL results are typically long-lasting. The implanted lens becomes a permanent part of the eye and does not degrade over time. However, regular eye check-ups are recommended to monitor eye health and vision quality.

Trade in your glasses or contacts today, schedule your consultation!

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