What is an Implantable Collamer Lens?
An implantable collamer lens, or ICL, is a small, injectable lens that is inserted behind the iris through a small 3mm incision. Also referred to as a phakic IOL, an ICL does not require the natural lens of the eye to be removed. Instead, an ICL implant is injected behind the iris (colored part of the eye), where neither you nor an observer will be able to detect it. The quick procedure takes less than five minutes and is performed on one eye at a time.
The ICL provides predictable outcomes, excellent quality of vision, and is designed to remain in place without maintenance. If there are any major changes in vision, the ICL can easily be removed and replaced. The biocompatible collamer used in the ICL helps maintain the natural chemistry of the eye and can help prevent dry eye syndrome. It also contains an ultraviolet light filter to help protect the eye and reduce the risk of macular degeneration. The ICL implant is a great alternative for patients who may not be candidates for LASIK, PRK, or Refractive Lens Exchange.