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!
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.
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.
The ICL was made available in 1997. Over 55,000 lenses have been implanted since then and it is a USFDA
When you develop cataract later in life, ICL can be easily removed and cataract surgery can be performed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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