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ICL Eye Surgery in Sadashiv Peth, Pune

ICL stands for implantable collamer lens. An ICL surgery is performed by an eye surgeon to treat myopia, or hyperopia, or astigmatism. The ICL is made up of plastic and collagen and is permanently implanted in the eyes. Though ICL does not necessarily correct vision problems, it can eliminate your need to wear glasses or contact lenses. It is also recommended for people who can’t get laser surgery. The lens provides good night vision. Recovery is also quick since the tissue is not removed. Another benefit of ICL surgery is that it does not cause dry eyes which is ideal for you if you are suffering from chronic dry eyes.

What is ICL surgery?

You need to visit an ophthalmologist a week before the ICL surgery. He/She will make tiny holes using a laser between the anterior chamber of your eyes and your natural lens to avoid fluid build-up after the surgery. The ICL surgery is performed under local or mild topical anesthesia. Your eyelids are held open using a tool called a lid speculum. A small incision is made in your eye and a lubricant is put to protect your cornea. Your surgeon inserts the ICL through the incision. Since this ICL is very thin, it can be inserted folded, and then unfolded when placed in position. Then the lubricant is removed. Your surgeon will close the incision using stitches depending on your incision. After putting eye drops or ointment, your eye is covered with an eye patch. The ICL surgery takes 20 to 30 minutes. You will be taken to a recovery room and you will be monitored for few hours. you might be prescribed oral medication or eye drops to relieve the pain. You will have follow-up visits and regular check-ups.

Who is a good candidate for ICL surgery?

If laser eye treatment and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) are not suitable for you or your cornea is too thin or shaped in a way that laser treatment is not feasible, then ICL surgery might be the right option for you. A few characteristics that make you a good candidate for ICL surgery are as follows:

  • You are looking for a procedure that does not lead to dry eyes syndrome
  • Your age is between 21 to 45 years.
  • You did not have a change in prescription of more than 0.5D in the past year.
  • You have mild to severe myopia (-3D to -20D)

You must discuss the best treatment option suited for you with your doctor. Your doctor takes into account your vision deficiencies, lifestyle requirements, astigmatism, and other conditions to suggest the best treatment option for you.

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What to expect after ICL surgery?

Some people have improved vision immediately after the procedure. You will be given ointments and eye drops to prevent infections. It will take some time for the sedatives to subside. Your vision will continue to improve for the upcoming two or three days. You will be asked to visit for follow-ups. Your doctor will provide you an informed recommendation on your recovery time and process. Any complications found will be treated. Usually, your eyes will regain normal function within 24 hours of the surgery.

What are the complications of ICL surgery?

Though complications related to ICL surgery is rare, the following can occur:

  • Blurry vision
  • Cloudy cornea
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal detachment
  • Early cataracts
  • Eye infections

1. Is ICL surgery painful?

ICL surgery is a pain-free outpatient procedure and lasts between 20 to 30 minutes. You are given a mild sedative and local or topical anesthesia to numb any pain you might feel during the procedure.

2. Is ICL surgery permanent?

The ICL surgery gives you a permanent vision solution and will avoid the need for glasses or contact lenses. In case you experience any complications like eye infection, glares, over and under correction, then removal or adjustments of the ICL might be required. Also if your vision changes over time, your ICL needs to be replaced accordingly.

3. Is ICL surgery safe?

ICL surgery is a safe procedure and you need to go for follow-up visits and regular checkups. Before the procedure, the characteristics of your eyes are examined and a comprehensive pre-op eye examination is performed to assess your eyes.

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