ICL Surgery

Implantable Contact Lens Surgery

The implantable collamer lens is an option for patients who are not suitable for LASIK because of a very high prescription or a thin cornea, or both. During ICL surgery, an artificial lens made from a very thin bio-compatible material is inserted in front of the natural lens. It works by providing additional focusing power to the eye’s optical system.

Because this lens is used in patients with very high prescriptions, typically -10.00 upwards, patients can see a dramatic improvement in their vision almost immediately.

How does the ICL work?

How does the ICL work?

Your eyes see by allowing light to enter through the cornea (the front part of the eye) and focus on the retina. The information is then communicated to the brain via the optic nerve.

Most people with poor eyesight have eyeballs that are either too long or too short in relation to the size of the cornea. Eyeballs which are relatively long cause images to focus in front of the retina, making you short sighted. Eyeballs that are relatively short mean that images focus behind the retina, making you long sighted.

For people with good vision, the natural lens of the eye can change shape to help them see objects at different distances. However, if you have severe short or long sight, the flexibility of the lens is not enough to correct your vision. Fortunately, artificial lenses like the ICL can provide the eye with additional focusing power, enabling you to see without glasses.

An important advantage of ICL surgery over other procedures is that other laser eye surgery options will be available to you in the future. The lens can be removed and replaced if your vision changes substantially, or you can have laser top up if needed.

Who is the ICL suitable for?

Vision Correction London offer the LASIK procedure wherever possible. However, as LASIK involves reshaping the cornea using a laser, it is unsuitable for people who have very thin corneas.

Equally, if you have a very high prescription, LASIK is unsuitable because too much of the cornea would have to be ablated to achieve good vision. High prescriptions mean very thick lenses and heavy glasses, and sometimes contact lenses may not an option. ICL surgery is a realistic solution for people with very high prescriptions.

ICL surgery may also be suitable for people who have dry eyes.

Our experienced eye surgeons will examine your eyes thoroughly and will recommend the best procedure for you.

What happens during the procedure?

The procedure usually takes approximately 10 – 20 minutes and is performed under local anaesthetic as a daycare.

Your surgeon will firstly create a micro-opening in the cornea. The folded ICL is then inserted into the eye via an injector, where the ICL will gently unfold. This is then tucked into the correct position between the natural lens and the iris.

The lens has been modified in recent years making the surgery even safer. To date, there have been over 700,000 ICL’s successfully implanted worldwide.

How long will it take for my eyes to recover?

Most patients experience only minimal discomfort, and are able to go back to work within a few days of the procedure. Following surgery, you will probably see better than you ever did with your glasses and can enjoy the activities that were always restricted because of your high prescription.

“My eye sight was very bad and I had a very high eye prescription in both eyes, but after my eye surgery (ICL) with Mr Mearza I cannot describe how amazing it is having to wake up and see clearly! From the beginning to the end and the recovery time was excellent! Thank you so much to Mr Mearza and his amazing team. I highly recommend him to anyone who would consider this type of eye surgery.”

Shazia

ICL surgery

“My eye sight was very bad and I had a very high eye prescription in both eyes, but after my eye surgery (ICL) with Mr Mearza I cannot describe how amazing it is having to wake up and see clearly! From the beginning to the end and the recovery time was excellent! Thank you so much to Mr Mearza and his amazing team. I highly recommend him to anyone who would consider this type of eye surgery.”

Shazia

ICL surgery