What is ICL Surgery & Treatment?
Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) are another form of contacts are able to treat high levels of nearsightedness. It works like a contact lens and the procedure aims to correct refractive error without compromising the integrity of cornea structure. It is an alternative for those who are not declared good candidates for LASIK. It acts just like a contact lens but instead of being worn on the surface, it is directly placed inside the eye, or behind its structure, the iris.
The ICLs are:
- Intended to remain in place permanently
(can be removed by ophthalmologist if necessary)
- Invisible and unnoticed
- Composed of biocompatible materials
Advantages of ICL Surgery
- Will not ablate (reshape) the cornea
- Suitable for those with the highest intensity myopia
- No need to change lens, no return of myopia
- Long-term stability
- Japanese and American FDA Approval
- 90% of UV protection
ICL is recommended for the following:
- People with either high myopia, thin cornea, and/or keratoconus
- Those who have resistance to cutting the cornea with LASIK
- Those who want to enjoy sports without eyeglasses
At Cornea Centre – Best Eye Hospital at Parimal Garden in Ahmedabad, we use phakic intraocular lens to ensure the best quality for our patients.
The ICL Procedure is for those who were deemed ineligible to undergo LASIK due to corneal thickness and/or refractive error
One who has myopic and is between the ages of 21 and 45 is a very likely candidate for ICL. It is also preferable that the hopeful patient has not had any previous surgeries and/or any history of eye disease like glaucoma, iritis or diabetic retinopathy.
Yes, just like other laser refractive surgery. One needs to undergo a Comprehensive Eye Exam and Screening, which lasts around 2-3 hours, first before being declared eligible for the procedure.
The ICL is made from a soft biocompatible co-polymer of Collamer and Fibronectin, which vaults over the crystalline lens of the eye.
The ICLs are to be placed inside the eye. They are surgically inserted there through a very small incision behind the iris, right in front of the natural lens of the eyes
Yes, the ICL can still be removed from the eye if necessary, even though it is intended to remain in place permanently.Should there be a need for an update or further correction, the ophthalmologist can remove the lens
No, it’s not. Since the ICL is positioned behind the iris, the colored part of the eye, it is invisible and cannot be seen.
Like LASIK, the ICL Procedure is an outpatient treatment wherein one can go home right after and then get back to work the next day. Also, the patient is required to have post-operative exams to further examination and resting of vision refraction.
Yes, it is possible with a corneal refraction touch-up procedure like PRK or LASIK