Intraocular contact lenses (ICLs) are excellent for patients who are not suitable to have LASIK/PRK.
Patients who have high myopia (>-10D), high astigmatism or hyperopia with deep anterior chambers are best suited to have this surgery.
Patients whose cornea is too thin to have LASIK, PRK or SMILE® may be good candidates to have ICL surgery.
ICL sits between the natural lens of the eye and the iris. They work in a similar way to traditional contact lenses by focusing light through the lens and onto the retina.
The lenses are extremely thin and are tolerated well in the eye.
ICL surgery gives patients excellent visual results. The patient’s natural lens remains in place, which means you maintain your normal ability to accommodate (see distance and close up). The procedure is reversible, and the lenses can be removed if not tolerated.
Intraocular contact lenses (ICL’s) are an excellent option for patients who are not suitable to have corneal refractive surgery (LASIK, PRK, SMILE).
ICL’s are very safe; however, any kind of intraocular surgery inherently has the risk of:
- Endophthalmitis (infection)
- Induced cataract
- Retinal detachment
- Need for ICL removal
We offer ICL surgery in cases where corneal refractive surgery is not appropriate or is unsafe.
The alternative would be to use glasses or contact lenses and not proceed with surgery.
Step 1: We anaesthetise the eye using a topical anaesthetic drop.
Step 2: We usually operate on each eye separately on separate days. Still, it is possible to be done on the same day if necessary.
Step 3: We place the ICL device between the normal lens and the iris. We then wash the eye out with and inject an antibiotic into the eye.
Step 4: Patients are seen immediately after surgery to ensure the lens is sitting correctly.
ICL’s give great visual acuity results. In one study, ICL’s were placed in the eyes of patients who were US military warfighters: 3 months after surgery, the uncorrected visual acuity was 20/20 or better in 96% of patients.
No significant complications were observed in this study.