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The Implantable Collamer or Implantable Contact Lens is a great option for many patients, particularly those who are not suitable for LASIK because of a very high prescription or a thin cornea, or both. ICL surgery involves inserting an artificial lens into the eye(s) to give a patient clear vision.
During Implantable Contact Lens surgery, also known as EVO Visian ICL phakic lens implant, an artificial lens made from a very thin bio-compatible material is inserted in front of the natural lens. It works by providing additional focusing power to the eye’s optical system.
An important advantage of ICL surgery over other procedures is that the surgery is reversible. The lens implants can be removed and replaced if your vision changes substantially, or you can have laser refinement if needed. This allows multifocal ICL lenses to be implanted as people age and begin to lose their reading vision in their 40s.
Your eyes see by allowing light to enter through the cornea and lens, which is focused on the retina. The information is then communicated to the brain via the optic nerve.
Most people with poor eyesight have eyes that are either too long or too short compared to the point of focus created by the cornea and lens. Eyes which are relatively long cause images to focus in front of the retina, making you short-sighted. Eyeballs that are relatively short mean that images focus behind the retina, making you long-sighted.
For people with good vision, the natural lens of the eye can change shape to help them see objects at different distances. However, if you have severe short or long sight, the flexibility of the lens is not enough to correct your vision. Fortunately, artificial lenses like the ICL can provide the eye with additional focusing power, enabling you to see without glasses.
OCL Vision offer laser eye surgery to correct most prescriptions. However, as LASIK involves reshaping the cornea using a laser, it is not suitable for people who have very thin corneas.
Equally, if you have a very high prescription, laser eye surgery may be unsuitable because too much of the cornea would have to be treated to achieve good vision. High prescriptions mean very thick lenses and heavy glasses, and sometimes contact lenses may not be an option. ICL surgery is a realistic solution for people with very high prescriptions.
ICL surgery may also be suitable for people who have dry eyes. Our experienced eye surgeons will examine your eyes thoroughly and will recommend the best procedure for you.
The full range of ICL suitability is as follows:
In order for your surgeon to get the most out of an the ICL procedure for you, your eyesight should not have had a change in prescription of more than 0.5D in a year.
The procedure usually takes approximately 10 – 20 minutes and is performed under local anaesthetic with sedation as a daycase.
Your surgeon will first create a micro-opening in the cornea. The folded ICL is then injected into the eye, where the ICL will gently unfold. This is then tucked into the correct position between the natural lens and the iris.
The lens design has been optimised since first introduced in the 1990s making the surgery even safer. To date, there have been over 1,000,000 ICLs successfully implanted worldwide.
Most patients experience only minimal discomfort and are able to go back to work within a few days of the procedure. Patients will not be able to feel the artificial lens inside their eye(s).
Following surgery, you will probably see better than you ever did with your glasses and can enjoy the activities that were always restricted because of your high prescription. You can read about the ICL experience of one of OCL Vision’s past patients, David, here.
At OCL Vision our ICL surgery starts from £6,700 for both eyes. An anaesthetist may be required; in this case there will be an additional charge of £300 for one eye or £500 for both eyes.
If you would prefer to spread the cost of your surgery, we offer a 0% finance repayment plan to split the cost of your surgery over 6, 12 or 24 months. A minimum deposit of 10% will be taken.
ICL surgery has a similar function to laser eye surgery in that it corrects refractive errors, whether long- or short-sightedness.
However, the two procedures are distinguished by the way surgery is performed. ICL involves inserting an artificial lens into the eye(s) through a tiny opening, while LASIK employs a laser to create a corneal flap and then to reshape the cornea to correct the prescription.
Published, peer reviewed safety data shows that EVO ICL surgery has an excellent track record of outcomes and safety, with a very low rate of adverse events. As with any surgery, ICL does come with risks, although we at OCL Vision do everything possible to mitigate these. Prior to surgery your consultant will discuss risks with you to help you make an informed decision.
Yes, we advise leaving it a week after the surgery but after this time, eye make up can be worn as and removed as normal.
We advise resuming light exercise 5 days after treatment and full exercise 2 weeks after treatment.
EVO Visian ICL is suitable for use in the UK from 21 to 60 years old.
Yes, although given the ICL corrects most prescriptions, there is a rarely a requirement to do so. Cosmetic contact lenses can we worn a month after surgery.
The EVO Visian ICL is designed to be a permanent vision correction solution yet can be removed should the patient’s visual needs change. EVO is intended to remain in place without maintenance. The lens can be removed by a surgeon, if needed in the future. If your physician removes the lens, you will lose the benefit of your vision correction.
ICL is a quick, painless same-day surgery to help you achieve better vision. The procedure is painless because of the numbing medication applied to the eye prior to the procedure.
All surgeons have been dual fellowship trained at centres of excellence in London and internationally.
Bespoke treatment plan tailored directly by your surgeon with comprehensive aftercare and support.
We have invested in the best currently available technology for laser eye surgery and lens surgery
Our clinic in Central London and other clinics in London, Hertfordshire and Kent are equipped with the latest technology
For those who feel unable to attend in person we are now offering expert support through video consultations for self-pay & insured patients
We are partnered with Novuna and can offer 0% finance for all of our eye surgery procedures. Our affordable finance can make it easier to spread the cost of surgery over a number of months if required.