An ICL or implantable contact lens corrects your eyes refractive errors. This artificial lens is placed parallel to with the natural lens, so that you have a contact lens inside the eye instead of on the outside. This differs to traditional lens replacement where the natural lens is removed and replaced by a new one.
The first ICL lens was placed in 1986. Practical experience combined with more than 30 years of scientific research has shown that this surgery is safe and extremely effective.
The ICL technique is also reversible; the lens can always be removed if necessary.
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Do I qualify for ICL treatment
Any adult in good health and whose refractive errors are stable is eligible for ICL treatment. A thorough preliminary examination will indicate whether your eyes meet the necessary conditions.
- Older than 18 years
- Good general health
- Eye strength stable for at least 1 year
- Refractive eye error between +12 and -23,5
- Sufficient space to place the lens
- Not eligible for laser eye surgery
Being eligible does not necessarily mean that this is the best solution to your specific problem. Make a free appointment for a free consultation and expert advice at out eye centre today.
The benefits of ICL
This technique has been used successfully for more than 30 years and, in addition to its effectiveness, is also extremely safe and reliable. Furthermore, these lenses are suitable for sever errors that can not be treated with laser surgery successfully.
Unlike lens replacement or laser treatment, the implantation of an ICL is completely reversible. The cornea, which plays an important role in maintaining clear vision, remains intact.
- Used successfully since 1986
- Safe and reliable
- Surgery is reversible
- Treats a wide range of refractive errors (+12 to -23.5)
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ICL: Technical information
ICL is an ultra-thin and soft lens implanted between the natural lens and the iris. Just like an external contact lens, it corrects vision by changing the refractory angle of incoming light. The ICL is made of Collamer. The body will not exhibit symptoms of rejection, because it regards Collamer as a natural part of the body. Collamer also offers excellent optical clarity and, thanks to its exceptional elasticity and flexibility, will assume the correct shape when focusing.
The ICL also exists in a TORIC version for the correction of astigmatism
What does the procedure entail?
The procedure is performed under a local anaesthetic and sedation, administered and monitored by an anaesthesiologist.
After dilation of the pupil, the ICL is injected by way of a micro-incision, using a syringe.
The ICL unrolls and is positioned behind the iris.
After rinsing, the micro-incision closes without the need for stitches.
How severe may my refractive error be to benefit from lens extraction?
ICL can help quite severe errors. ICL’s can be used for refractive errors between +12 and -23.5.
Can I have both eyes treated at the same time?
Absolutely, both eyes can be treated during the same session.
When will my vision be restored?
Visual recovery after lens implantation is almost immediate: you will feel the full benefits as from the following day.
Are ICL lens implants a permanent solution?
No. ICL lens implants are in principle removable, although in practice this is rarely necessary rarely.
Is this treatment covered by mu insurance?
The situation with health insurance agencies and state insurance is constantly changing. We therefore choose not to make general statements about insurance cover and compensation; but choose to make a personalised estimate per patient. This way, you always know where you stand. This surgery is usually not covered.
What about post-surgical care?
Up to 1 week after surgery, you should not rub your eyes and must follow the instructions of the doctor regarding antibiotic eye drops carefully.
Daily activities like housework, sport, driving and office work can be resumed very quickly. If you have any doubts, please consult your doctor.