Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
At TLC Laser Eye Centres, we’re committed to providing vision solutions to our patients to improve the quality of their lives. Even if you have been told you are not a good candidate for laser eye surgery, there are other option available, including an Implantable Contact Lens (ICL).
ICLs are especially great options for patients with very high or complicated prescriptions.
The lenses used for this procedure are similar to small contact lenses, but instead of sitting on the eye’s surface, they are implanted inside the eye. Once in place, the lens cannot be felt or seen. It requires no regular maintenance other than a routine, annual visit to your eye doctor. ICLs are also reversible. This is because no corneal tissue is removed during the procedure, unlike other laser procedures. So, if for any reason your vision changes and/or a cataract develops later in life, the ICL can be removed
Over 1 million ICLs have been implanted in patients worldwide, making it one of the safest and most common elective medical procedures available.
Am I a Good Candidate for an ICL?
General requirements for good candidates are those who:
- Are over the age of 21
- Have normal eye exams
- Have no evidence of cataracts
- Have mild, moderate, or severe nearsightedness (myopia) with or without astigmatism
Results and Recovery Time with an ICL
In addition to being a quick procedure, the recovery time with an ICL is also very short. Patients are often back to their normal routine within 1-2 days of the procedure. We will schedule you for a follow-up appointment the day after your surgery in order to monitor your recovery progress. The best part is that most patients experience sharper, clearer vision immediately post-procedure.
Please note that you will not be able to drive following your ICL implant. You will need to arrange for someone to pick you up and take you home to rest post-procedure. You will also need a driver to take you to your first post-op appointment the following day.
The only way to confirm if you are a good candidate for an ICL is through an eye examination.
During a pre-operative consultation, our team will be happy to evaluate your overall eye health, needs, and desired outcomes in order to determine if an ICL or another vision correction procedure is right for you.
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1 MICL PMA data
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3 Data on file. STAAR Surgical.
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