• ICL – Implantable Contact Lens

  • The Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) is also known as a phakic IOL. “Phakic” meaning that the natural lens of the eye is not removed, and “IOL” meaning intraocular lens, or a lens inside the eye. The ICL is considered an alternative to such procedures as LASIK and PRK or PRELEX. The best candidates for the ICL are between the ages of 21 and 50, with moderate to severe nearsightedness.

    The ICL is a small, injectable lens that is inserted through a tiny, 3 mm incision that does not usually require sutures. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that the patient has surgery and leaves the same day. A light, topical or local anesthetic is administered, and there is very little discomfort and normally no pain associated with the procedure.

    The ICL provides predictable outcomes and excellent quality of vision. If there are major changes in one’s vision, the ICL can easily be removed and replaced. It is designed to remain in place within the eye without maintenance. Because the lens is positioned behind the iris, neither you, nor an observer will be able to see it. The lens material is a collagen co-polymer that is very biocompatible (doesn’t cause a reaction inside the eye) and stable. It also contains an ultraviolet light filter.

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