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The implantable contact lens or implantable Collamer® lens (ICL for short) is the solution for patients with a very high refractive error or a too thin cornea.
People with extreme nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or a thin cornea are typically not suitable for a laser eye treatment. Surrender to fate and accept glasses? Not with EuroEyes!
With the ICL, a phakic intraocular lens, EuroEyes can offer an excellent alternative treatment for nearsighted patients with a diopter higher than -8, and for farsighted patients with a diopter higher than +3 – even if the refractive error is combined with astigmatism. Contrary to a contact lens, the ICL will remain permanently in the eye, but can be replaced at any time. It is positioned between iris and the natural lens. In cooperation with your natural lens, the ICL thereby ensures that the light is correctly focused on the retina, making it possible for the patient to see clearly once again. This procedure has been carried out for more than 25 years and is considered a safe method for the treatment of myopia, farsightedness and astigmatism.
And you can be sure that EuroEyes has implanted the most ICL contact lenses in Europe for the fourth time in a row.
This outpatient procedure typically lasts 10 minutes per eye. Eye drop anesthetics create a pain free procedure. The eye is opened with a key-hole incision in the corneal periphery that heals without a suture.
With ICL each patient receives a tailor-made artificial biopolymer lens implant that has lifetime durability. The ICL lens is flexible and foldable like a contact lens, and is inserted into the eye in a matter of seconds with an injector through the small corneal incision.
Unlike a contact lens, ICL is positioned in the posterior chamber of the eye between the iris and natural lens. It remains there permanently and is neither visible nor perceptible. The custom made ICL collamer® lens together with the natural lens redirect the light to focus on the retina with optical precision. After the treatment the patient can see clearly without glasses and contact lenses.
The implantable contact lens (ICL) is the result of years of research and development, and has been on the market since 1993. With an ICL not only nearsightedness or farsightedness can be corrected, but also astigmatism. The thoroughly tested procedure is also approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
These innovative lens implants have led to an immense advancement within lens surgery. Today, the ICL lens is the pioneer of lenses that are implanted as an addition to the natural lens. The results are outstanding. EuroEyes offers a wide variety of the latest generation of lens types that can be adapted precisely to the individual requirements of your eyes.
Phakic intraocular lenses can be used either in the anterior chamber or in the posterior chamber of the eye. This depends on the medical circumstances. The anterior chamber lens is placed between the iris and cornea. The posterior chamber lens, however, is placed between the iris and the natural lens. Decisive when selecting the right lens is the patient’s age, as well as the amount of available space in the eye. With an ICL not only nearsightedness or farsightedness can be corrected, but also vision disorders in combination with astigmatism.
For the correction of a vision disorder that is combined with an astigmatism, the so-called toric ICL is used. It is individually produced for each patient and an implantation plan is provided by the manufacturer for an accurate positioning of the lens. This is particularly important for the correction of astigmatism, because not only the dioptric power, but also the axis – and thus the position of the lens – is of great importance.
The ICL consists of a unique high-quality material. The most significant feature is its excellent tolerability. It is highly biocompatible and is therefore accepted very well by the body – this ensures that the lens can remain permanently in the eye. It provides reliable, predictable results, an excellent quality of vision and the treatment success manifests itself in no time.
Although the lens should remain permanently in the eye, the ICL implantation can be removed in individual cases – the implantation is therefore reversible. Thus, for example in case of emergency, where the eye has been injured e.g. due to an accident, the lens can be removed or replaced. In rare cases (5 percent in 5 years) it is possible that an early clouding of the natural lens occurs (cataract). In this case the two lenses would be exchanged and replaced with new intraocular lenses.
* The price depends on your refractive error, your corneal thickness, and the applied laser technology (e.g. the femtosecond laser technology) or the type of lens used.
There are two different types of Phakic Intraocular lenses: anterior chamber lenses and posterior chamber lenses.
The posterior chamber intraocular lens is placed behind the iris and in front of the natural lens. It consists of Collamer, which is a biocompatible polymer.
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ReLEx smile technology is a gentle form of laser vision correction that allows you to correct myopia. Therefore, corneal curvature is easily treatable with this method. During the procedure ReLEx smile the cornea opens with a small incision of 2 mm. A 3D disk (lenticular) that was previously prepared using a femtosecond laser is extracted through this “keyhole”.
This lenticule corresponds exactly to the weight and size of the corrected ametropia. The whole procedure takes about 32 seconds per eye. (For people aged 45-64: Femto-LASIK is medically possible, but we recommend using trifocal / multifocal lenses to prevent cataracts.) The result of this test is not a mandatory recommendation. During a personal detailed consultation and after a thorough preliminary examination, your doctor will determine the procedure that is most suitable for you.
For more than 20 years, implantable contact lenses made from Collamer® (abbreviated as ICL) have been the best solution for patients with severe ametropia or a damaged cornea. Unlike contact lenses, ICL remains permanently in the eye. These lenses are inserted between the iris and the own lens of the eye. The ICL in combination with the natural lens ensures that the light is correctly focused on the retina and that the patient can see again clearly without glasses. You are in good hands with us: EuroEyes has implanted the largest number of ICL contact lenses throughout Europe. The result of this test is not a mandatory recommendation. During a personal detailed consultation and after a thorough preliminary examination, your doctor will determine the procedure that is most suitable for you.
Femto-LASIK is one of the most reliable methods for correcting visual defects (enter the appropriate type of ametropia depending on the test result). To correct the refraction error using the Femto-LASIK procedure, a small round cap is separated on the cornea. During the Femto-LASIK procedure, the preparation of a corneal flap, also known as a flap, is performed using a femtosecond laser. The whole procedure is carried out without the use of mechanical cutting tools. The laser performs individual correction of ametropia and simulates the shape of the cornea. Then the flap is fixed in its original place. It adheres to the surface of the eye due to the strength of adhesion and protects the eye as an internal adhesive. (For people aged 45-64: Femto-LASIK is medically possible, but we recommend using trifocal / multifocal lenses to prevent cataracts.) The result of this test is not a mandatory recommendation. During a personal detailed consultation and after a thorough preliminary examination, your doctor will determine the procedure that is most suitable for you.
Using trifocal / multifocal intraocular lenses, also known as artificial lenses, is a safe and accurate method for correcting presbyopia (enter the appropriate type of ametropia depending on the test result). The natural, more non-functioning lens of the eye, is replaced by an artificial lens (multifocal lens). The advanced artificial lens has several focal points, which allows you to see at different distances without glasses. These very well tolerated lenses can remain in the eye throughout the life of a person and not be visible. The refractive lens replacement procedure (lensectomy) is a tested and proven method. This method has been used for the treatment of cataracts for decades and is the most frequently performed type of surgery in the world. EuroEyes clinics performed the largest number of implantations of multifocal lenses worldwide. The result of this test is not a mandatory recommendation. During a personal detailed consultation and after a thorough preliminary examination, your doctor will determine the procedure that is most suitable for you.