Preparing for Implantable Contact Lens Surgery

If you're considering Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) surgery, you're on the path to a life with clearer, glasses-free vision. ICL surgery has rapidly gained popularity as a remarkable solution for those who aren't suitable candidates for other vision correction procedures.

Before delving into the preparation, it's crucial to have a good grasp of what ICL surgery entails. 

Implantable Contact Lens surgery involves placing a micro-thin lens inside your eye to correct vision problems. It's like having a permanent contact lens inside your eye, offering the potential for improved vision without the daily hassle of contacts or glasses.

To make your ICL journey with Focus Clinics as smooth and successful as possible, thorough preparation is key. Let's dive into the details of preparing for ICL surgery and what you need to know before your appointment.

Medications and Health Conditions

If you're currently taking any medications or have underlying health conditions, it's essential to discuss these with your surgeon. Some medications may interact with the surgery or impact your recovery process.

Type of Medication

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If you're taking medications to suppress your immune system, your surgeon may recommend modifications to your dosages or schedules to prevent complications during the healing process.


Certain corticosteroid medications can impact the healing process and immune response. Your surgeon may provide guidance on when to discontinue or adjust these medications to promote proper healing.


Depending on the type of antibiotics you're taking, they may affect the risk of infection after surgery. Your surgeon will provide specific instructions if any adjustments are needed.

Prescription Eye Drops

If you're already using prescription eye drops for other eye conditions, these may need to be temporarily adjusted or discontinued during your ICL surgery and recovery period.

Your surgeon will provide guidance on whether any adjustments to your medication schedule are necessary.

Realistic Expectations

Having realistic expectations is vital. ICL surgery can be life-changing, but like any medical procedure, it isn't without its limitations. Your surgeon will help you understand the costs of ICL and what can and cannot be achieved. 

While it offers significant vision improvements, it's important to recognise that no surgery can guarantee 100% outcomes.

Choose Comfort for the Surgery Day

On the day of your ICL surgery, opt for comfortable and loose-fitting clothing. You'll be required to lie down for the procedure, so comfort is essential. Avoid anything that could irritate your eyes or restrict your movement to ensure you're at ease both before and after the surgery.

Avoid wearing makeup, especially around the eyes, to ensure a sterile area for your surgeon. Makeup particles may increase your risk of developing an infection, so turn up on the day in comfortable clothes and a fresh face.

Arrange for Transportation

As with any eye surgery, your vision may be temporarily affected immediately after ICL surgery. This means you won't be able to drive yourself home. To ensure a smooth and safe transition to wherever you’re choosing to recover, make arrangements for a reliable friend or family member to pick you up after the procedure.

Preparing for ICL surgery is a significant part of your journey to improved vision. By following these steps and working closely with your surgeon, you can set yourself up for a successful and life-changing experience.

ICL surgery at Focus Clinics offers the promise of clearer vision and a future with reduced reliance on glasses or contact lenses. If you're ready to take the next step toward better vision, your preparation is the key to unlocking this exciting chapter in your life. You can also look to learn more about the different types of implantable lenses available.

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100% 20/20 vision

100% 20/20 vision

Focus Clinic has a remarkable 100% success rate for 20/20 vision. We know of no other clinic that has matched these results. There is a big difference between, for example, 98% and 100% success, especially if you are in the 2%.

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10 year guarantee

Your 10 Year Guarantee means you can return at any time if you have additional questions on the quality of your vision. If you have distance vision correction for short-sight then any repeat laser eye treatments to correct a return of myopia in the first 10 years are included free of charge.*

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