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Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
An ICL is also known as known as phakic IOL (or phakic intraocular lens). It is performed to treat short-sightedness (also known as near-sightedness or myopia)
An ICL is ideal for individuals under 40 years of age who do not yet need reading glasses. The implanted lens is most commonly placed behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens of the eye. It is designed to last for life, and can be easily removed in the at a later stage in life if cataract surgery is required. An ICL corrects short-sightedness (myopia), significantly improving one’s vision without glasses.
Treatment is tailored to the individual to facilitate the best possible vision that will suit their lifestyle requirements. It is important to bear in mind that there is no perfect solution to match all lifestyle needs. During the consultation, the surgeon will help you pick an option that is most suitable for you.
Following are some major factors that decide a patient’s eligibility for ICL surgery-
ICL surgery is suggested when the refractive error stays within a range from -0.5D to -20D in Myopia and up to -3D in astigmatism. Patients with age between 21-45 years are ideal candidates for ICL surgery as approved by the FDA (American Food and Drug Administration). However, the type of Implantable Collamer Lens suitable further depends on the degree of Myopia or hyperopia, or astigmatism patients have prior to ICL surgery.
Unlike LASIK surgery, Patients with a thin cornea, corneal irregularities (or keratoconus) or even a history of unsuccessful Refractive surgery in the past are also eligible for ICL surgery. But pregnant and lactating females are not eligible as hormonal changes during pregnancy and lactation can cause changes to corneal curvature and its thickness thereby affecting the success rate of ICL surgery in the first place.
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