Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)

What Are Implantable Contact Lenses?

Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL), also known as Implantable Collamer Lenses, are medical devices used for the treatment of myopia, hyperopia & astigmatism. ICLs are phakic intraocular lenses, meaning that they work together with the natural crystalline lens in the eye.

Are ICLs Safe?

ICLs were granted FDA approval for the treatment of myopia in the U.S. in December 2005. ICLs received the CE Mark in Europe in 1997.

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What is the difference between ICL & LASIK?

ICLs are minimally-intrusive

ICLs are reversible

  • LASIK/Epi-LASIK is a permanent procedure
  • ICLs are an additive, reversible treatment
  • ICLs can be removed or replaced to keep up with changing needs or new technology
ICLs can correct a wider range of prescriptions
  • For people with prescriptions that are too high or corneas that are too thin, it may not be safe to undergo LASIK
  • ICL is a safe and effective alternative for patients who are found to be unsuitable for LASIK
  • ICLs are able to treat prescriptions of up to -20 diopters

The ICL Treatment Process

Step #1: Pre-ICL Assessment

The Pre-ICL Assessment can be done during clinic operating hours on any day (Mondays – Saturdays). Please call, email, or fill in the online booking form to arrange an appointment with us. For contact lens wearers, please lay off your lenses for 5 days (soft lenses) to 7 days (hard lenses) before the assessment. This is to ensure accuracy of your eye test results and surgery. 

During the Pre-ICL Assessment, patients will undergo a series of eye tests to determine their suitability for the procedure. If patients are found suitable and have decided to go for the surgery, we will proceed to book a surgery slot and order the ICLs.

Step #2:  ICL Surgery

ICL surgery can be done any day from Mondays to Fridays. It is usually done in the morning. On the day of ICL surgery, you will report to the Gleneagles operating theatre. Anaesthetic eye drops will be applied before the surgery. The ICL procedure takes around 20-30 minutes. During the surgery, a small incision is made in the cornea. Subsequently, the ICL is placed between the iris and the natural lens. The incision will heal on its own – no stitches are required. After the operation, you may feel tired and will be allowed to rest in the day ward. Once you are rested, you will be discharged for a follow-up check in our clinic. 

Step #3: Post-Operative Follow-Ups

It is important to follow the eye drop regime prescribed to you after surgery. You are strongly advised to come for 1-day, 1-week and 1-month follow-up visits. This is so that the doctor can monitor your recovery process and ensure that everything goes smoothly. Once you have been given the “clear” by your surgeon, you’re good to go. Enjoy your newfound clear vision, be free to do the things that you love!

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