ICL as an alternative to laser surgery
ICL refers to a lens similar to a soft contact lens, which is placed during surgery between the eye’s natural lens and colored iris. The lens works the eye’s existing lens to bend (refract) light on the retina, which produces clearer vision. The lens adapts completely to the eye and is not noticeable at all. ICL is a good option if the refractive error is large or the cornea is particularly thin.
The pupil is the best place for refractive error correction, especially in severe nearsightedness. In Excimer laser surgery for large myopia corrections, small optical correction on the cornea has to be used, because the thickness of the cornea (about 0.5 mm) does not allow an optical part of more than 6.0 mm to be made on the cornea. ICL thus offers the best possible visual quality for severe nearsightedness.
ICL lenses are manufactured by the Swiss pharmaceutical company STAAR, and the lenses made of patented collamer material. Collamer is a tissue-friendly, very soft and light material.
from Pre-examination to ICL surgery
Before ICL surgery, you will undergo a preliminary eye examination at Eira Hospital, checking the suitability of the eyes for ICL surgery and chooses the best possible refractive error correction method (OCT).
In the preliminary examination, the refractive power of the eye, intraocular pressure, curvature of the cornea and the condition of the fundus are examined and the dimensions of the eye are measured with ultrasound.
After a preliminary examination, you will be ordered a made-to-measure ICL from the manufacturer. When the delivery time of the ICL is confirmed, the date of the surgery is agreed with the eye surgeon.