ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens)
The ICL is a revolutionary refractive lens that can correct vision up to –15 diopters of nearsightedness and offers a refractive correction solution to patients with high amounts of nearsightedness. The ICL procedure has been repeatedly improved through years of studies and continued refinement. This lens is a posterior chamber implant that is situated behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens. It is also known as a Phakic IOL. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that a patient has surgery and leaves the same day.
Prior to the surgery, your surgeon will make two microscopic holes in the iris. During surgery, your eye will be numbed with a light topical or local anesthetic. Once the eye is numbed the surgeon will make two side port incisions and one main temporal incision. Next the surgeon will insert the ICL through the main temporal incision and place the lens behind the iris and in front of the crystalline lens. This insertion procedure is typically performed one eye at a time. There is very little discomfort and normally no pain associated with the procedure. Some drops or perhaps oral medication may be prescribed, and a follow-up office visit is usually scheduled the day after surgery. Patients will be advised to arrange for someone to drive them to and from surgery.
Are you a Candidate?
The ICL provides an opportunity for those individuals who are not candidates for LASIK surgery. Some people cannot have LASIK for reasons ranging from high prescriptions to thin corneas. The ICL gives these patients the opportunity to experience the same lifestyle change that LASIK has brought to millions.
You’re likely a good candidate for ICL if:
- You have extreme to moderate nearsightedness
- You have thin corneas and are not a LASIK candidate
- You have a history of dry eye
- You have large pupils