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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.
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.