Implantable Contact Lens Surgery (ICL)

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Using a bio-compatible lens to improve your vision

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.

Suitability criteria ICL surgery are:

Age range between 21 and 60 years old

An anterior chamber depth (ACD) of 2.8mm or more

Refractive errors usually higher than -8.00 of myopia

ICLs may also be called phakic intraocular lenses (phakic IOLs) because they are inserted without removing the natural lens. This is different from cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange, where the natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial intra-ocular implant. 

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We can give you a good idea of your suitability for ICL surgery over the phone and schedule you for your initial consultation. Submit your details below, pick a time that works best for you and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your options.

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.

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Are You Eligible for an ICL?

Just as there are eligibility criteria for LASIK, not everyone is a candidate for an ICL. The following points can help you decide if a phakic lens is the right choice for your eyes:

Just as there are eligibility criteria for LASIK, not everyone is a candidate for an ICL. The following points can help you decide if a phakic lens is the right choice for your eyes:

  • Prescription – do you have a high degree of short-sight, typically -8.00 dioptres up to -20.00 dioptres?
  • Eye anatomy – you will have a complete examination to confirm the health of your eyes and corneal lining, plus confirm there is enough space to place the lens. The anterior chamber depth (ACD) should be 2.8mm or more and will be confirmed at your consultation.
  • Age – ICL patients are aged between 21 and 60. If aged over 40 then age-related presbyopia (the need for reading glasses) can also be factored in.
  • Stability – your vision should be stable for 12 months before considering ICL surgery. Eye health – some eye problems will typically prevent you having ICL surgery, including cataracts and glaucoma.
  • General health – some health problems can affect how your eyes heal after treatment, for example, some auto-immune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome). Immunosuppressant drugs and oral steroids can be associated with altered healing and should be discussed with our consultants.
  • Cost – ICLs are typically more expensive than laser eye surgery such as LASIK.


How Does an ICL Treatment Work?

An implantable contact 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.

Extreme prescriptions are a significant disability, where such eyes may not be suitable for contact lenses and glasses are overly heavy due to the thickness of the lenses. ICLs can make a tremendous difference to the lives of these patients, as they fall outside the range where LASIK can correct the full prescription.


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