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Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)

Please choose from the following education videos from Key-Whitman Eye Center.

Laser Vision Correction Cataract Surgery (What to Expect) YAG Part 1
Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) Cataract Surgery Options YAG Part 2
Treating Dry Eyes Macular Degeneration YAG Part 3
Eyelid Surgery Diabetic Eye Disease YAG Part 4
Glaucoma Pterygium


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.

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COVID-19 Your Health and Safety Remains our Top Priority. Read More.

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