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ICL (Implantable Contact Lens)

ICL designs a procedure during which the surgeon inserts a small and thin contact lens in the eye, behind the iris and next to the natural corneal lens.

ICL is a common and alternative procedure performed worldwide by ophthalmologists, offering multiple advantages:

  • Possibility to correct very high shortsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism when laser surgeries cannot be performed.
  • No corneal tissue modification.
  • Reversible procedure (by lens removal).
  • Can be combined with some other eye treatments.
  • Very quick and precise results (24 hours after surgery).

Detailed Steps of Implantable Contact Lens

Step 1. : Eye dilation

Dilation and anesthesia eye drops will be applied, a very small incision is created by ophthalmologist.

Step 2. : ICL implantation

ICL is inserted through the incision and placed in front of the natural lens in the eye.

Step 3. : ICL position

ICL is adjusted to place in a good position.

Who can be Candidate?

General Requirements

     Rutnin-Gimbel ophthalmologists strictly apply Rutnin’s ethics in eye surgery and make sure first that any patient meets following general conditions, whatever the treatment could be:

  • 20 year old minimum
  • In good health overall
  • Good eyes condition (no eye disease such as glaucoma, cataract, lazy eyesight, macular degeneration, severe dry eyes)
  • No pregnancy, no breast feeding
  • More specifically, patient must meet the following conditions to benefit from an ICL implant:

    • No auto-immune disease such as Rheumatoid Arthritis or SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)
    • No variation of eyesight higher than 0.5 D within 1 year

Candidates for ICL Implantation

     If the patient meets all prerequisite conditions, an ICL implant can be proposed as treatment for:

  • Myopia, for refraction from -1D up to -18 D,(including astigmatism up to 6 D)
  • Hyperopia, for refraction from +1D up to +10D, (including astigmatism up to 6 D)
  • In some specific cases, when patients experience dry eye conditions or corneal abnormalities, such as early keratoconus

Rutnin-Gimbel ophthalmologist will determine during the thorough pre-operative examination if the eye conditions enable and require an ICL implant.