Q. What are the Benefits in Comparison to Laser?
A. Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) is used by individuals that are found unsuitable for laser treatment due to thin corneas or prescriptions that are too high to treat with laser. Given ICL is reversible and does not permanently modify the cornea, it is often elected over laser and is the ideal treatment to correct the prescriptions of sufferers of Keratoconus that have had to cross-link.
Q. Will I be Able to Feel the Lens?
A. The lens remains permanently in place once it has been inserted in the eye and it cannot be felt.
Q. Is There a Chance My Body Will Reject It?
A. The implantable lens is made of a biocompatible material containing collagen meaning there is no chance of rejection by the body.
Q. How Long Will the ICL Last?
A. ICL is designed to remain in the eye permanently, however, the treatment is reversible and the lens can be removed at any time. This will allow for any future treatments that you may need, for example, the removal of cataracts.
Q. What is the Recovery Time?
A. As there is no modification of the cornea and no stitches required, the recovery time is very quick, lasting only 24 to 48 hours.
To be able to return to normal life, it may take a little longer depending on your hobbies and activities. The more physically exertive the activity, the longer you will have to wait. The longest you would have to refrain from certain activities would be 4 to 6 weeks for contact sports and skiing respectively.
At the first post-operative check, Dr Pillai will examine your eyes and tell you when you can start driving, it is usually between 3 to 5 days after treatment.
If you want to find out more about implantable contact lenses then call our expert team on 0800 652 4878 or why not book your consultation today: