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ICL-Implantable Contact Lenses

What is an ICL?

An Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) is a little embedded lens that is set inside the eye to amend close or far (short or long) sightedness, with or without astigmatism.

Is an ICL the right choice for me?

There are currently various distinctive approaches to correct focusing mistakes with surgery. The decision of which surgery is best relies on upon numerous variables. These include:

  • Age
  • Level of focusing error
  • Reasonableness for lasik eye surgery
  • Individual expectations from the surgery

Our specialist will have the capacity to prompt you on which strategy will best suit you. All in all, those patients as of now picking ICL are the individuals who are not appropriate for lasik eye surgery, or the individuals who prefer a method that includes an expanded segment of 'reversibility'.

Is there any valid reason why I wouldn't be appropriate for lasik eye surgery?

Whilst lasik eye surgery works extremely well for most focusing mistakes, there are ranges where ICL's are favoured. For astigmatism, the clarity of vision may begin to end up diminished after lasik surgery over a level of - 8. For different patients, even a - 6 remedy might be too high due to an unsatisfactory danger of presenting lessened nature of vision, particularly in faint lighting conditions. Levels above +4 for farsightedness may bring about comparative issues with lasik surgery.

Once in a while, we discover patients eyes are not appropriate on the grounds that they are fundamentally weaker, or more inclined to eye infections, which means lasik surgery could forever aggravate their vision.

In these cases ICL surgery may give an answer as the technique does not debilitate the cornea (front surface of the inquiry circle).

Thus, most of the time, especially those with a huge focusing mistake, a patient's clarity of vision will be preferable with an ICL over with lasik eye surgery.

How 'proven' and safe is it?

More than 125,000 Visian ICL's have been embedded around the world. Substantial experimental studies (as ahead of schedule as October 2001) have shown ICL's to be sheltered, compelling and give precision of results. In spite of the fact that no surgery is ever 100% safe, ICL inserts have been given preparatory endorsement for use by the FDA in the United States. In the FDA trial, 523 inquiry hovers with ICL implantation were taken after. 47.3% of eyes picked up 20/20 (100% impeccable vision) or better and 91.8% 20/40 (legitimate driving vision) or better.

All inquiry hovers embedded with the STAAR®, ICL at Auckland eye have accomplished unaided vision of superior to or equivalent to driving prerequisites.

67% accomplished 20/20 vision, and 71% are seeing preferred after ICL implantation over they could with their glasses preoperatively. No patients have lost any vision, and all have either had their second eye embedded or communicated a craving to do as such.

Who is appropriate for an ICL?

Patients who are especially appropriate for this lens are as per the following:

  • Deficient corneal thickness for a lasik eye surgery
  • Forme Fruste or Clinical Keratoconus
  • Past herpetic eye disease
  • Astigmatism (Myopia) > -8D
  • Far-Sightedness (Hypermetropia) >4D
  • Collagen vascular illness or different contraindications for lasik

Patients who are especially reasonable for this lens are as per the following:

  • Little eyes (lacking front chamber profundity (<2.8mm))
  • Sporadic astigmatism rendering poor BCVA
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract

What would I be able to expect after an ICL insert?

To what extent is the recuperation time frame?

CL Implants have a fundamentally the same as recuperation period to present day lasik eye surgery. It is unordinary, yet not phenomenal for patients to see great following 4 hours. All patients are accomplishing an extremely acceptable level of vision inside the initial 24hours. With the exception of swimming, there are no exercises that are particularly confined amid the recuperation time frame. Suggestions with respect to exercises might be made relying upon the vision in the other eye.

Why does it cost more than lasik surgery?

Compared with lasik eye surgery the ICL method uses a costly embed made to top notch Swiss principles. The ICL is not held in stock and is requested, couriered and in some cases 'hand-made' to fit a particular patient's eye, in this way creation expenses are noteworthy.

What are the dangers?


This is exceedingly phenomenal, yet a basic and potential inconvenience with any eye surgery. Since ICL implantation is a short and generally non-obtrusive operation, the best gauge of danger is low around 1:3000. Should a contamination/ happen the consequent visual result would rely on upon the velocity of determination, postponement in anti-toxin organization, kind of microscopic organisms or living being included, and have/pathogen reaction. Genuine results post contamination can run from magnificent (where the disease has had no impact on the post-agent result) to visual deficiency. Post agent checking is in this way basic.


In the FDA trial provoking the underwriting of ICL, only 0.8% of 523 request floats inserted with the ICL made symptomatic lens opacities (waterfall). Removal of these cataracts has not been associated with a foremost augmentation in poor visual result. Late reports exhibit that this trap is much rarer than officially suspected. The most exceedingly awful circumstance is that a cataract can make and impede eye sight, which suggests cataract surgery would be required to restore eye sight to an acceptable level of vision. Cataract surgery at the present time is the best surgical technique in solution and is a phenomenal fortification on the off chance that this unimaginable result raises. The reason that this framework is not grasped rather than ICL implantation is that in incredibly in part dazzle patients there is extended peril for retinal partition, and in both close and far found hopefuls there is generally expeditious loss of close vision without the development of scrutinizing glasses. This peril is still an especially important segment if cataract surgery gets the chance to be fundamental as a result of a cataract surrounding taking after the ICL strategy.

Residual refractive error (blurriness)

Gauges made to choose the most legitimate ICL however to a great degree exact are not 100% accurate. In a touch of get-together of patients, around 3%, the ICL ought to be exchanged for a more sensible power. The costs required in this further surgery will be borne by STAAR® and Auckland eye, however propel surgery would simply be offered if the peril/advantage extent was unmistakably to your most prominent favourable position. Additionally as with all refractive, lasik, incision or intraocular surgery, there is no surety that a given level of vision will be expert. The likelihood of improving unaided vision to a level of your satisfaction is however high.



Dually the first eye will be trailed by the second after a time of no less than 2 days, yet all the more generally 1-2 weeks. Then again a contact lens can be worn in the non-worked eye, and the second ICL can be conceded for an inconclusive period. All patients not living in the city where the surgery is performed would be requested that they stay inside the city for at least 1 days post implantation of an ICL.


All patients will get a local analgesic. General anaesthesia is a choice, however a bit much, and will build the expense of the technique.

Expense of ICL?

The ordinary total cost is generally RS 30,000/per eye. Minor troubles, for instance, any adjustment/substitution of ICL will be fused into this cost, however phenomenal complexities (waterfall, glaucoma and ailment) are certainly not.