What is Implanted Contact Lens (ICL)?
An implanted contact lens, also known as ICL, is one of the most efficient alternatives to LASIK eye surgery. An ICL helps to correct your vision similar to using a temporary contact lens and reduces the results of myopia (near-sightedness).
When do you need Implanted Contact Lens (ICL) surgery?
Implanted contact lens (ICL) procedure is recommended for patients suffering from severe myopia (near-sightedness) and do not prefer to use glasses or temporary contact lenses due to any reason.
This ICL procedure is recommended for people who suffer from moderate to severe myopia. These implanted lenses are also known as phakic intraocular lenses (IOL) and are surgically implanted in front of the eye’s natural lens.
Who are the candidates for Implanted Contact Lens (ICL)?
Ideal candidates for ICL are people between the age of 21-45 years and suffering from moderate to severe near-sightedness (myopia) as they find it difficult to see objects at a distance. These are people who do not prefer to use glasses or normal (removable) contact lenses to improve their vision.
The ideal is candidate should not have had any ophthalmic surgery and should not a medical history showing incidences of any eye disorders such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma or iritis.
What is the difference between Implanted Contact Lens (ICL) and LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK eye surgery involves operating on the cornea of the eye by a laser to reshape the cornea permanently while the ICL procedure does not need to reshape your cornea. The ICL procedure instead uses a synthetic high-grade lens that is gently placed on the natural eye lens and fixed there permanently.
An added advantage of the ICL procedure is that it is possible to reverse this procedure by simply removing it to replace it with another lens if needed.
What are the benefits of Implanted Contact Lens (ICL)?
There are basically two types of implantable lenses:
Verisyse Phakic Intraocular Lens (IOL)
This lens is made of soft plastic material and is fixed to the front of the iris. It is suitable for people of 21 years of age and above.
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Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)
This lens is made of naturally occurring collamer that is found in the human body. This lens is implanted behind the iris in but in front of the natural eye lens. This is suitable for people between the ages of 21-45 years.
The main benefit of ICL procedure is that it gets rid of the hassle to wear glasses and the use of cumbersome and delicate temporary contact lenses.
The ICL are beneficial for people who have severe myopia with a vision of above -10 diopters as this cannot be corrected satisfactorily with a LASIK eye surgery.
The collamer ICL are bio-compatible and have negligible chances of being rejected by the body as foreign objects.
ICL also affords superior protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Are there any associated possible risks related to an Implanted Contact Lens (ICL) procedure?
There are rare chances of the few risks from occurring after an ICL procedure, such as:
The Verisyse lens is not foldable and is fixed quite near to the cornea’s inner surface. There is a risk of damage to the cornea that could require a corneal transplant.
Although the Visian lens is foldable as compared to Verisyse it is implanted very close to the natural lens of the eye and has a slight risk of causing a cataract in a few percentage of people.
As with any surgery the ICL procedure also carries the risk of infection which can rarely also lead to blindness.
Why select Ophthalmology Implanted Contact Lens (ICL) surgery in India?
There is a vast network of ophthalmology-specialty hospitals and clinics in all major cities of India. The ophthalmology doctors and surgeons in these hospitals and clinics are vastly experienced and have an extensive training in managing all kinds of myopia-related cases. These doctors and surgeons are further assisted with the number of latest and most modern surgical equipments in these hospitals and clinics that combine to provide the best eye surgery and treatment. An added bonus is the extremely low cost of implanted contact lens (ICL) in India that attracts thousands of foreign patients each year to get successful ICL treatment.