What is ICL surgery?

ICL stands for implantable collamer lens. But, it’s commonly known as an implantable contact lens or phakic lens implant. ICL’s are like contact lenses; they’re very thin and very soft. The difference is, we implant the ICL inside the eye instead of it sitting on the eye’s surface.

What is ICL surgery?

ICL has been in practice for more than 20 years. The lens has been developed to achieve a very safe and effective quality outcome. We are now on the fourth generation of ICL, which has been in use for the last five to six years.

What does the procedure involve?

The ICL procedure is not that different from laser vision correction. It takes the same amount of time, and we do both eyes at the same time. We perform the surgery through a very small incision at the cornea’s edge. This incision is no more than 3.2-millimetres. The lens is very soft, and we inject it inside the eye, behind the pupil, where we centre and align it. If it’s a toric lens implant, we bring the pupil down, and we seal the eye. It’s a really quick and comfortable procedure, taking six to seven minutes to perform.

How long does the procedure take?

The surgery itself takes no longer than 20 minutes. It takes six to seven minutes to implant the ICL in each eye. We spend a couple of those seven minutes folding the lens before injecting it inside the eye.

Where does the ICL go inside the eye?

Behind the pupil, we have the crystalline lens – a natural human lens. The ICL sits in that space, between the crystalline lens and the pupil. The lens sits in a very nice anatomical position. It’s invisible and remains very stable throughout life. This is what makes ICL different from all other types of lens implants.

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