Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)
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Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) Treatment
The Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL), sometimes called an implantable contact lens, is an alternative for patients who are not candidates for laser eye surgery because of having a high or extreme prescription.
ICL is sometimes used to mean an implantable contact lens.
These clear implantable lenses are surgically placed either between the cornea and the iris (the coloured circular diaphragm at the front of your eye) or more commonly just behind the iris, in the space between the iris and the lens. Phakic ICLs enable light to focus properly on the retina at the back of the eye for clearer vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
Who is suitable for an Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) Treatment?
The most used type of lens is the EVO Visian ICL family of implants. ICLs are reserved for specialist high short-sighted prescriptions when standard laser correction with LASIK or PRK eye surgery is not an option. At Focus Clinic we can treat most short-sighted prescriptions up to -8.00 dioptres with LASIK, due to the advanced laser combination available at our clinic.
Suitability criteria for having an ICL are:
- Age range between 21 and 60 years old.
- An anterior chamber depth (ACD) of 2.8mm or more (this is the gap between your iris and cornea).
- Refractive errors usually higher than -8.00 of myopia.
What is an implantable collamer lens?
The lens itself is made from a very thin bio-compatible material, meaning it does not react when placed inside the eye. The ICL is inserted behind the pupil (so it is not visible to anyone looking in your eye) but lives in front of the eye’s natural lens.
How Does an ICL Treatment Work?
An implantable lens works in a similar way to placing a contact lens on the front of the eye, by providing extra focusing power to correct any refractive error. In this case, though the lens is situated inside the eye rather than floating on the surface.
Because the collamer lens is used in patients with extreme prescriptions, typically -10.00 or higher, patients can see a dramatic increase in their sight almost immediately after the procedure.
Unlike contact lenses, you can’t feel an ICL inside your eye (much as you cannot feel a dental filling). The lens can remain permanently but does require ongoing regular eye health examinations.
Are You Eligible for an ICL?
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