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Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL)
ICL at Grewal Eye Institute

ICL: Introduction

The ICL (Implantable Contact Lens) is a state-of-art refractive error solution that is ideal for anyone who has the need or desire for removal of power with high quality of vision correction. ICL or Implantable Contact Lens, as the name suggests, is a kind of lens, which is implanted into the eye and does not require frequent removal like a normal contact lens. This phakic intraocular lens has numerous advantages including its correction of the widest range of myopia (near sightedness), hyperopia (far sightedness) and astigmatism (cylindrical power).

The Procedure

play_arrowThe implant surgery is quick and painless, lasting only about 10-15 minutes.
play_arrowThe area around your eyes will be cleaned and a sterile drape may be applied around your eye.
play_arrowEye drops or a local anesthetic will be used to numb your eyes.
play_arrowWhen your eye is completely numb, an eyelid speculum will be placed between your eyelids to keep you from blinking during the procedure.
play_arrowThe recovery time is short and the results of the surgery are almost immediate.
play_arrowMost patients resume normal activities within a week.

Suitable Candidates for ICL

Candidates for the ICL are above 18 years of age, suffer from myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and/or astigmatism (Cylindrical power) and want to experience superior vision correction.

Candidate with refractive error who are unsuitable for laser refractive surgery.

Prospective person should consult his/her ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) for more information, including an assessment of their candidacy.

Women who are pregnant or nursing should wait to have the ICL implanted. Lastly, those without a large enough anterior chamber depth or endothelial cell density may not be a good ICL candidate.

Advantages of Implantable Contact Lens

play_arrowNo blood! No pain! No hospitalisation!
play_arrowExcellent quality of vision and possibly retains contrast sensitivity.
play_arrowEasily can be undone.
play_arrowCosmetically good as it's not visible.
play_arrowNo corneal tissue removed.
play_arrowFaster recovery.

Why one should opt ICL?

Patients seek the ICL because they expect the highest quality of results from their refractive vision correction procedure. The advantages of this phakic IOL (highlighted below) make the ICL a sought after treatment for nearsightedness & farsightedness:

play_arrowHigh quality of vision: The ICL not only corrects your refractive power or number, but it also enhances your quality of vision by producing sharp vision.
play_arrowWide Treatment Range: In comparison to other refractive procedures, the ICL offers the widest treatment range for correction of vision.
play_arrowFoldable: Because the ICL is foldable, a small incision is required during the procedure. This feature makes the procedure efficient (no sutures needed) and improves healing time.
play_arrowInvisible: The placement of the ICL into the posterior chamber of the eye makes the lens invisible to both the patient and any observer.
play_arrowCollamer Composition: Collamer is made from collagen, which is a substance that naturally occurs in the body. This makes the lens highly biocompatible with the eye.
play_arrowProven Track Record: Implanted in over 65,000 eyes worldwide, the safety and amazing improvement in vision quality of the ICL has been proven over the last 5 years.

What to expect during and prior to ICL procedure?

play_arrowProcedure should take 10-15 minutes per eye.
play_arrowLaser Iridotomies done prior to surgery.
play_arrowDilating and anesthetic drops.
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