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Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)

What is ICL?

ICL stands for implantable contact lens. It is a small, soft lens made of a collamer that is inserted into the eye through a 3mm opening. It is slipped into the eye, behind the iris and in front of the eye’s natural lens. It works with our natural lens to improve vision. Excellent clarity of vision almost immediately after procedure.


What is it made of?

The material composed of collagen, a type of tissue found naturally in the body. Composition material is biocompatible and not recognized as a foreign object by the body. There are no known cases of lens breaking, tearing or degenerating in a patient’s eyes.


Is it a safe procedure?

As with all surgery there are risks involved. Your surgeon will assess you and explain the potential risks prior to your surgery.

Common surgical risks are post-operative infections and IOP elevation. While uncommon, there are cases of cataract development < 1% of cases and endophthalmitis which occurs 1 in 10,000 cases.


Is it suitable for me?

ICL corrects up to 2000 degrees of short-sightedness and 500 degrees of astigmatism, and is safer for patients with thin corneas.



ICL are not for patients with shallow anterior chamber depths (ACD), large pupil, unstable refractive errors.


Difference between LASIK and ICL?

Lasik involves the cutting and reshaping of corneal tissue, which is an irreversible procedure.

ICL does no alteration to the cornea, but rather a small incision is made and the lens is then inserted into the eye through the micro-opening. It can be removed from the eye if necessary.