Implantable contact Lens
ICL is a high-tech yet a simple way of correcting your refractive error. Don't be disappointed if your doctor has denied Lasik procedure for your eyes. The following information gives you reassurance that you can still enjoy life without the constraints and restrictions of spectacles or contact lenses. No more problems for playing, jogging or swimming!
What are the various tests done before ICL?
The patient willing to get the ICL procedure done must stop the contact lenses for a specified period of time as mentioned above. Following tests are conducted in the hospital
- Spectacle power assessment
- Corneal topography using Orbscan IIz / Pentacam to assess the corneal curvature, corneal diameter and anterior chamber depth.
- Peripheral Retinal Examination
- After the measurements, one has to wait for a period of 7 - 10 days, as these lenses are to be imported from Switzerland. During this waiting period one can use their contact lenses.
How is the surgical procedure for ICL implantation performed?
- Prior to the implantation of the ICL, you will receive topical anaesthetic drops. An oral sedative tablet may also be administered.
- First, a tiny incision will be made where the white of your eye meets with the coloured part.
- Second, a gel-like substance will be injected into your eye and the ICL will be injected in front of your iris.
- Then the ICL is carefully placed behind the iris & the gel is removed from your eye.
That's it! The incision will not need any sutures-it will seal naturally and heal in a very short time. Implanting the ICL is considered an outpatient procedure and takes about 15 minutes. A few hours after the treatment you will be able to leave the hospital and resume most of your activities.
This procedure is similar to the cataract surgery. Here, the clear crystalline lens inside the eye is removed & replaced by an intraocular lens (either a monofocal or Multifocal lens). This is done in high powers where Lasik & ICL procedures cannot be performed.
What is the long-term experience with the ICL?
- The ICL was made available in 1997. Over 55,000 lenses have been implanted since then and it is a USFDA
If i get cataract later what will i do?
- When you develop cataract later in life, ICL can be easily removed and cataract surgery can be performed
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Am I a candidate for ICL?
Yes, if you have nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism and are not suitable for conventional laser correction. ICL is available in three models. ICM for myopia, ICH for hyperopia & TICM -Toric ICL for myopia with astigmatism.
What are the advantages of ICL?
The lens is small, foldable, and injected through a tiny, painfree, self-sealing incision in your eye. The ICL provides highly predictable outcomes, excellent quality of vision and can be removed if necessary.
Is the ICL visible to others?
The lens is invisible. The only way that you, or anyone else will know that it is there is the improvement in your eyesight. You can neither see nor feel the lens once it is inside your eye.
How quickly can I go back to sports & activities?
Due to quick recovery after this treatment, you can leave the hospital after a couple of hours. You will be able to enjoy your new sight almost immediately and go back to your active lifestyle.
What if my vision changes?
If during your annual eye exam major changes in your vision are observed, the ICL can be removed or replaced. With the ICL you can still wear fine tuning glasses or contact lenses if necessary. The lens does not treat presbyopia or eliminate the need for reading glasses due to age. Lasik can also be done after I C L implantation to fine tune vision and this is known as bi-optics