Q: Will I be able to feel the ICL in my eye?
No you will not be able to feel the new lens. The lens sits snugly behind your pupil and does not move.
Q: Will I be able to see the lens in my eye?
The lens is crystal clear and sits behind the pupil. You will not be able to see the lens from the outside.
Q: How quick is the recovery period?
Visual recovery is very rapid but depends on the type of local anaesthetic that you are given. You may feel a slight gritty sensation of the eye for a day or two after surgery, almost like an eyelash in the eye. This usually settles very quickly.
Q: Will I need drops after surgery?
You will be given a combination of antibiotic and steroid eyedrops to put into the eye for a few weeks after the surgery.
Q: Can anyone have ICL surgery?
Eligibility for ICL surgery is dependent on your prescription and the anatomy of your eye. The front part of the eye has to be at least 3mm deep for safe insertion of the lens. Your glasses prescription should also have been stable for at least 2 years.
Q: What happens if my prescription changes years after I have ICL surgery?
If your prescription changes it will typically be only a moderate change and it is easy to treat this with laser eye surgery at any time.
Q: How is the power of the ICL determined?
The lens power is determined by a number of measurements including your glasses prescription.
One of the most crucial measurements is the size of the lens that needs to fit into your eye. This varies between people and is dependent on individual anatomy. Occasionally, the sizing of the lens is inaccurate which means that the lens is either too small or too big for the eye. This is not something that you'll notice but is something your doctor will be able to tell. Around one in a hundred patients sometimes have to have their lens removed and a different sized lens reinserted.
Q: Is ICL surgery safe?
ICL surgery is safe and effective. Hundreds of thousands of these lenses have been implanted over the last 15 years. The lens material, made of collagen a substance that occurs naturally, is well tolerated and remains clear.
Q: What complications can occur with ICL's
ICL surgery is safe but like all surgery complications can rarely happen. Occasional complications include cataract formation and and an increase in the pressure within the eyes.
More serious complications such as an infection within the eye that can lead to permanent reduction in vision are very rare and occur in less than 1 in a 1000 (0.001%) patients. Risk of blindness is around 1 in 10,000 (0.0001%).