ICL – the Implantable Contact Lens

The ICL is the appropriate method for patients with a very high refractive error or a too thin cornea.

The Invisible Lens

People who have very high refractive errors or thin corneas, are typically not suitable for a laser eye treatment. However, they still want a life without glasses or contacts. 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. 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 cornea, making it possible for the patient to once again see clearly.

ICL Treatment Steps

Preparing the Eye 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. The ICL Each patient receives a custom-made artificial 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. Implanting the Artificial Lens and Vision Correction The lens is positioned in the posterior chamber of the eye between the iris and natural lens. The custom made ICL collamer® lens redirects the light to focus on the retina with optical precision. After the treatment the patient can see clearly without glasses and contact lenses.

Advantages of ICL

Unique Features of the ICL

  • Excellent quality of vision for high myopic patients (nearsightedness)
  • The collamer® material is very well tolerated with excellent biocompatibility and durability
  • The ICL is not visible in the eye and is positioned in front of the bodies own lens
  • The procedure is reversible and the ICL can be removed or replaced if needed
  • The treatment is permanent and pain free

ICL Treatment Procedure

1. ICL Suitability Assessment

  • All relevant eye parameters are measured
  • Diagnosis of your suitability for the ICL
  • Consultation on your optimal ICL treatment
 

2. Pre-treatment Examination

  • A thorough preliminary medical examination is carried out
  • Our Ophthalmologist and specialist in refractive surgery explains all aspects of your treatment
  • Detailed measurements are performed
  • The examination lasts approx. 2 hours
  • Cease contact lens wear one week (soft lenses)
  • Your personal after-care set will be explained to you in detail
 

3. On the Day of Your ICL Treatment

  • Bring someone to accompany you
  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Remove any makeup and avoid wearing perfume
  • Eat a light meal beforehand
  • A mild tranquiliser will be offered to you
  • The total duration of this outpatient surgery will be 10 – 15 minutes per eye over 2 days (1 day per eye)
  • The treated eye will be protected by an eye bandage until the next day
 

4. After Your ICL Treatment

  • Do not rub your eyes in the days after treatment
  • Antibiotic eye drops are to be used in the first weeks
  • Artificial tear eye drops to be used as required
  • Resume work after 2 – 4 days as needed
  • No sporting activities for 3 days
  • No swimming or sauna for 2 weeks
  • Examinations after 1 day – 1 week – 1 to 3 months
  • Driving can be resumed after approx. 1 week
 

Good to know about ICL

The Development of the ICL Lens

The implantable contact lens (ICL) is the result of years of research and development, and has been on the market since 1993With 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 Lenses

Phakic intraocular lenses, short Phakic 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.

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European Champion with ICL: Dr. Jørn S. Jørgensen, Medical Director of EuroEyes has implanted most ICL lenses in Europe.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the ICL Lens

When a laser treatment is no longer a sufficient treatment, for example, for refractive errors of more than -10 or +4 diopters, or if the cornea is too thin, implants are a good alternative. Either a refractive lens exchange is performed or a phakic intraocular lens is implanted. Thus it is possible for even the severely visually impaired to live a life without glasses or contact lenses!
Method Costs
Refractive Lens Exchange / RLE from 2.850,- € / per eye* to approx. 4.900,- € for both eyes*
Phakic Lenses (ICL/Cachet) from 2.900,- € / per eye* to approx. 6.500,- € for both eyes*
Multifokale Intraokularlinsen / M-IOL from 3.250,- € / per eye* to approx. 6.200,- € for both eyes*
* 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.
No, you will neither feel it, nor be able to see the intraocular lens.

There are two different types of Phakic Intraocular lenses: anterior chamber lenses and posterior chamber lenses.
The anterior chamber lens is implanted in front of the iris in the anterior chamber.

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 plastic.
Whether your health insurance takes care of laser treatment costs, and which conditions are required for this to happen, all depends on your health insurance, it’s best to contact your insurance directly about this.
EuroEyes is working with the MediPay Financing bank. We offer our patients an up to 12 months deposit-free 0% financing. Even with a greater number of monthly installments, we offer attractive conditions and interest rates. What many people usually do not realize is the fact that the cumulative cost of glasses and / or contact lenses are paid off over a very long period of time–and the price therefore ends up being considerably higher than the non-recurring cost of a laser eye treatment. The surgery pays off completely – and in many cases after a relatively short amount of time.