Implantable Contact Lens (ICL / ICL Toric)

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Last updated 9/29/2019
Implantable contact lens surgery, Assil Eye Institute Los Angeles

WHAT IS AN IMPLANTABLE CONTACT LENS (ICL)? 

Other names for ICLs include implantable collamer lenses and phakic intraocular lenses. 

 

These lens implants provide an alternative to glasses or contact lenses for those patients who are not good candidates for LASIK surgery or PRK but who would like to consider vision correction surgery (known as refractive surgery).

 

The ICL procedure is performed in our office and takes about 10 minutes per eye.

How are implantable contact lenses inserted?

 

After administering numbing eye drops, your surgeon prepares your eye to receive the new lens by making a tiny opening in your iris using a laser. This allows eye fluid to flow from the back of your eye (the posterior chamber) to the front of your eye (the anterior chamber) to regulate your eye pressure after surgery.

 

The following steps then vary based on which lens type is being inserted:

 

  • The Visian lens is rolled up like a very compact cigar within a pen-like device that inserts the lens in your eye through your cornea (the clear part of your eye surface). The lens is then positioned behind your iris (the colored part of the eye) and in front of your eye´s natural lens.
  • The Visian lens is gently unfolded within your eye where it stays in place without stitches. The incision in your cornea is so tiny that stitches are not needed because it can heal on its own.
  • The Verisyse lens is introduced through a 6mm incision, made at the outer edge of your iris so that the lens can fit through it. The lens is then secured using very fine dissolvable stitches. Your corneal incision is also stitched closed.
  • Once your lens is in place, your doctor checks your intraocular pressure and then surgery is done. You are ready to be driven home by whoever is accompanying you. You will be sent home with detailed written instructions for your post-op care.

 

What can I expect after ICL surgery? 

Most patients experience mild discomfort during and after surgery. Your eye may be red and swollen. You will be prescribed medications for pain, as well as eye drops to prevent inflammation and infection. You will also be given eye shields to wear at night for the first week after surgery to keep you from inadvertently scratching your eyes.

 

Initially, you might feel irritation like there´s something in your eye, but that will quickly disappear and then you will not be able to feel your lens. Nor will the lens be visible to an outside observer looking at you.

 

Implantable contact lens surgery recovery

Amazingly, most patients report clear vision the next day. And, in most of our patients, vision is quite stabilized within one week of surgery.

 

On the day after surgery, patients return to our clinic for a postop eye exam and then will return for check-ups at one month, two months and six months post-op. Most patients can resume normal activities within a few days after surgery and will be completely healed within one month.


Why have ICL surgery performed at AEI? 

When you select Assil Eye Institute for implantable contact lens surgery, you will benefit not only from our state-of-the-art technology and our physicians’ extensive experience, but also from our commitment to:

 

  • Perform comprehensive pre-operative testing using a number of tools to measure the health, dimensions and power of your eye, so that we can determine the most appropriate replacement lens power and design.
  • Utilize microsurgery technology when appropriate to facilitate faster healing without sutures. This technology also minimizes astigmatism and yields better visual outcomes.
  • Offer a comprehensive selection of implantable lenses, to ensure the best product type and shape match for your eye.
  • Perform surgery utilizing anesthetic eye drops coupled with gentle IV sedation to provide for greater comfort and safety.
  • Personally dedicate ourselves to your post-operative eye care throughout your healing.
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