Implantable Contact Lens

ICL (Implantable Contact Lens)

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Dr Furness is one of the leading providers in WA of the implantable contact lens (ICL), also known as an implantable collamer lens or phakic intraocular lens (phakic IOL).


What is an ICL (implantable collamer/contact lens)?

The difference to a contact lens is that the ICL is placed inside your eye, rather than on the surface of your eye. Because of its tiny size and softness, it can be rolled up, enabling it to be injected into your eye through a tiny incision underneath your eyelid. Once injected, the ICL unfolds into position and there it stays, correcting your eyesight without any further treatment being necessary.


Who benefits most from ICL surgery?

ICL’s can be used to treat myopia (short sight), hyperopia (long sight) and astigmatism and are a very good option for those people not suitable for SMILEF-LASIK, ASA or refractive lens exchange.  The tiny collamer lens sits just behind the pupil and in front of the clear lens.  It is not visible to anyone looking at your eye and is made of a special material which allows it to stay in your body indefinitely without being rejected.  It does not require any maintenance or further treatment once it is in your eye.

The ICL sits in front of your natural lens, so you still have the ability to focus in the distance and near (accommodation). The implantable contact lens is made of a special material which allows it to stay in your body indefinitely without being rejected and it does not require any maintenance or further treatment once it is in your eye.


What happens during ICL procedure?

The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and is performed under topical anaesthetic as an outpatient at Perth Eye Hospital. This is a purpose built, fully accredited operating facility with state of the art, fully equipped operating rooms.  If the patient and/or surgeon prefer a general anaesthesia, this is also possible.  ICL surgery results in rapid recovery and visual results.


What aftercare is involved following ICL surgery?

You are required to take eye drops following your procedure to ensure the fastest healing and to avoid the risk of infection following surgery (extremely rare).

You will be asked to avoid certain sports and leisure activities for a brief period.  This will be discussed with you in more detail at your consultation with Dr Furness.  Post-operative appointments usually 1 week and 1 month after surgery and then annually are recommended with Dr Furness or your local Optometrist.


What does ICL surgery cost?

The cost of your ICL procedure is based on the type of lens that is required to correct your refractive error (prescription).  Typically, patients will pay between $5,500 and $5,900 per eye which can be financed, completely interest free for up to 24 months!

There are no additional or hidden fees with Insight Eye Clinic.

ICL’s are typically recommended for patients under the age of 40 with a refractive error too high for SMILEF-LASIK or ASA.

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