The Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) is an advanced, thin, clear lens that functions similarly to a contact lens, however it is surgically implanted into the eye. The ICL cannot be felt while in the eye, requires no maintenance and can be removed if needed. The ICL does not replace your natural lens, but is implanted in front of your natural lens and behind your iris (the coloured part of the eye).
The ICL procedure is a low risk, long-term solution and, as such, is a good option for many patients, especially those under the age of 40. The procedure is often recommended for patients with high prescriptions for either short-sightedness (myopia) or long-sightedness (hyperopia), because often the cornea is not thick enough to be treated safely with laser eye surgery procedures such as LASIK or ASLA.
The procedure is a permanent one – or until you decide that you may want to remove it. The ICL has the advantage of being reversible.
The ICL is specifically manufactured to correct your prescription and its strength is determined after a thorough series of measurements at our clinic.
Your ICL procedure will performed at a Day Procedure Centre. After you have been admitted, you will meet with your anaesthetist who will discuss aspects of your general health and the procedure with you.
You will be given sedation to make you relaxed during the procedure and the anaesthetist will ensure you are comfortable throughout. Anaesthetic eye drops are used to numb the eye and doctor will place a small instrument between your eyelids to prevent blinking. You may notice some bright lights from the microscope but you will not see the procedure as it happens.
The customised lens is folded into a special injector and doctor will make a small opening through which he will insert the ICL. Once inside the eye, the ICL will unfold and be positioned. The opening then seals on its own; usually without the need for stitches.
You only spend 20 to 30 minutes in the theatre but will be at the Day Procedure Centre for 2-3 hours. You will need to have someone collect you and stay with you at home afterwards while you recover.
Usually the eyes are treated a minimum of one week apart.
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ICL surgery is a safe procedure. The risks are rare and often only minor if they occur.
You will need to arrange for someone to take you home and to stay with you at home after the procedure. You should plan to avoid strenuous activity for 48 hours. Until all the drops wear off, your vision may be blurry, however, most patients see well the next day. You vision will likely fluctuate as the eyes heal then settle over the first few weeks following ICL surgery. There may be some mild discomfort or a gritty sensation for a few days after the procedure.
After ICL surgery, Dr Harsha will prescribe antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops to take for a few weeks. The majority of patients can resume normal activities within a week of their ICL surgery, however, we ask that you do not drive until you have been advised that it is safe to do so.
MS, DHM, FIAS | Director & Chief Surgeon
Ex-Chief Medical Officer in Sankara Eye Hospitals, Guntur and Medical Director & Chief Surgeon in Vasan Eye Care Hospitals, Hyderabad, he operated on more than 60,000 patients.
MBBS, DO, FPO | Director & Chief Surgeon
Expertise in cataract removal including Femto, Zepto and Refractive Surgeries (Femto second laser, ICL's, RLE, PRK, SMILE). Also excels in performing pediatric and adult squint surgeries.