The ICL procedure is an outpatient procedure that generally takes 15 minutes per eye. Like LASIK, recovery is relatively quick and you can usually expect to return to work within a couple of days of your procedure.
ICL is an Implantable Collamer Lens that is surgically inserted into your eye between the iris (the colored part of the eye) and the natural lens.
Unlike traditional contact lenses, the lens remains in place, maintenance free, for the duration you are satisfied with your vision. If your vision changes drastically, however, it can be removed.
If you are between 21 and 45 and nearsighted, you are an excellent candidate for an ICL procedure. It is preferable you have not previously had ophthalmic procedures or a history of ophthalmic disease such as glaucoma, iritis or diabetic retinopathy.
ICL is also ideal for candidates with any of the following conditions:
Thin Corneas. The cornea is the curved portion on the front surface of the eye.
Dry Eyes. ICL does not cause or contribute to dry eyes.
Extreme Refractive Error. Refractive error in the focusing of light by the eye is a frequent reason for reduced visual acuity.