Dr. Whitman: Hello. I’m Dr. Whitman. Welcome to Key-Whitman. Today Dr Haq and
I are going to talk about the Implantable Contact Lens or ICL.
Who is a candidate?
Dr. Whitman: When a patient is not a good candidate for LASIK or PRK because of the
severity of their nearsighted correction or because they just don’t
have enough corneal tissue to treat with the laser, the ICL is often a
good option for patients. The best candidates are usually 18-40 years
of age before the onset of any presbyopia.
Where in the eye is the ICL placed?
Dr. Haq: Unlike with LASIK or PRK, instead of treating the cornea, or the outer
layer of the eye, the ICL is inserted within the eye just behind the iris
or the colored part of the eye and in front of the natural crystalline
lens of the eye.
What happens on surgery day?
Dr. Haq: You will arrive at the Surgery Center at the time of your appointment.
You will have to have someone with you who can remain during surgery and
be able to drive you home afterwards. Please let your driver know that
they will need to be available for about 2 hours. If you are scheduled
for surgery before noon, you will not be allowed to eat or drink anything
after midnight the night prior to your surgery. If your procedure is scheduled
in the afternoon, you will be allowed to have a light breakfast but only
before 7:00 a.m. If you need to take any daily medication prior to your
surgery arrival time, please either wait until after surgery or take it
with a small sip of water. As our staff about what should or should not
be taken prior to your procedure. You need to dress comfortably with a
top that buttons up the front and please leave all jewelry and other valuables at home.
Dr. Whitman: As you are called back into the pre-op area, you will be asked to lie
down on a comfortable surgical bed where you will remain until after your
procedure. For your care and safety, we will monitor your heart rate,
oxygen levels and blood pressure throughout your stay. A nurse anesthetist
will begin an IV and administer some medication to help you relax, but
you will be awake and fully breathing on your own during your procedure.
Simple eye drops are used to both dilate and numb your eyes for the ICL
procedure. Soon you will be taken to the operating room where I will use
a microscope to implant your ICL. You will leave the surgery center wearing
some protective goggles and will already be able to see as the vision
begins to improve. Once you get home, you should not experience much in
the way of discomfort –if you do, please call us right away.
What to expect after your procedure?
Dr. Haq: You will be asked to return the next day to check your vision and to review
your postoperative instructions. Your vision should already be greatly
improved. It is important to continue any medicated eye drops as directed
to reduce inflammation and to prevent infection.
Dr. Whitman: Thank you for choosing Key-Whitman for your vision correction procedure.
We look forward to taking care of you.