ICL Treatment (Implantable Contact Lens)

The ICL (Implantable Contact Lens) is a state-of-the-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 contact lens which is implanted into the eye and does not require frequent removal like a normal contact lens. This phakic* IOL has numerous advantages including its correction of the widest range of myopia (near sightedness), hyperopia (far sightedness) and astigmatism (cylindrical power).

The ICL Candidate

  • Are between the ages of 18 and 45 years.
  • Are nearsighted or farsighted, including those with mild, moderate, and high power with or without occurrence of astigmatism. The Toric ICLâ„¢, capable of correcting myopia and astigmatism together and combines two procedures into one.
  • Have proper anterior chamber depth and acceptable eye tissue cell density (this will be determined by the eye surgeon or ophthalmologist after a comprehensive eye exam).
  • Have not had a change in their eyeglass prescription of more than 0.50 Diopters in a year.
  • Are not currently pregnant.
  • Have no known allergies to medications used during refractive surgery or no other contraindications.
  • Have dry eyes, severe myopia, or a thin cornea (non-LASIK candidate).

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.

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