What is an implantable contact lens?
An implantable contact lens, or ICL, is a lens inserted into the eye and positioned between the iris and natural lens, where it stays indefinitely. It can be removed and replaced if needed.
Unlike LASIK, an ICL does not change the shape of your cornea. Instead, it works in combination with your natural lens to enhance your eyes’ ability to focus.
Implantable contact lenses are invisible and cannot be felt.
What is an ICL made of?
ICLs are made of collamer, an advanced lens material that has unique properties. Collamer transmits light and reduces reflections that can interfere with vision, so you see clearly. Made of a copolymer and collagen, collamer is also highly compatible with living tissue. This allows the ICL to rest quietly in position while accurately correcting vision. Collamer is the only lens material made with collagen — the best choice for a lens that is going to remain inside your body for a lifetime.
Who is a good candidate for an ICL?
ICLs are ideal for patients who have myopia (nearsightedness) with and without astigmatism. ICLs are also good for people who don’t meet the requirements for LASIK. For example, their corneas are too thin, they are predisposed to dry eye, or their glasses prescription is too high for LASIK to be effective.
How long does an ICL procedure take?
You would first have to see your doctor for a complete eye evaluation with imaging and an education session. The actual procedure only takes about 15 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis.