Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
The Implantable Collamer Lens (also known as Implantable Contact Lens) is a refractive lens implanted inside the eye to correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism. It represents an alternative to other laser refractive surgeries such as LASIK or LASEK/TransPRK. The ICL is implanted through a key-hole incision in the eye behind the iris (the coloured part of the eye), and in front of the natural crystalline lens.
The ICL can correct a wide range of refractive errors between +10 (far-sightedness) and -18 (near-sightedness). Astigmatism of up to 6 dioptres can also be corrected. Your spectacle prescription should ideally have been stable for at least a year prior to surgery.
- This is same day procedure with local anesthesia as a eye drops.
- It lasts just 20 minutes.
- One eye is operated at a time with the second eye typically scheduled at least 3 days after the first.