What is ICL?

What is an ICL?

ICL or “Implantable Contact Lens” is an innovative type of refractive lens that works together with your natural lens to provide clear, corrected vision. ICLs can be a treatment for people with -3 to -15 diopters of myopia (nearsightedness).

How long does the ICL procedure take?

The ICL procedure takes around 15 minutes per eye, and is performed in our state licensed surgery center on an outpatient basis. The ICL procedure can usually be performed on the same day for both eyes. Your visit will be about 4 hours including pre and post op.

Am I a candidate for ICLs?

ICL is designed for patients who are -3 to about -15. If you have been told that you aren’t a candidate for LASIK because your prescription is too high or your corneas are too thin, you are most likely a great candidate for ICLs. Similarly, if you have a history of dry eye syndrome, or if your pupils are too large for LASIK, ICLs can be an excellent treatment.

Do ICLs require regular cleaning and maintenance like contact lenses?

ICLs are designed to remain in place without any need for maintenance. Returning to Woodhams Eye Clinic for an examination each year for an annual exam is recommended to maintain the health of your eyes.

Is the ICL procedure reversible?

Unlike LASIK, the ICL procedure does not involve permanently altering your cornea or any other structure of your eye. the lenses are surgically removable should your refraction change significantly but this is rarely necessary.

When will I be able to return to work after the ICL procedure?

We recommend that you do not drive for at least a day or two after your surgery to give your eyes time to properly adjust to the ICL(s). Depending on your job, you may be able to return to work the day after surgery. We will discuss when it is safe for you to return to work and other normal activities.