ICL Treatment Process
The ICL procedure takes approximately 30 minutes per eye and is a day procedure only. We treat each eye over two consecutive days to minimise the inconvenience of unbalanced vision.
The ICL treatment process is as follows:
- When arriving at our clinic on the day of your surgery our friendly and experienced clinical team will guide you through every step.
- Anaesthetic drops will be used to numb the eye. We don’t use needles.
- A sedative is given and the pupil is dilated using drops.
- A self-sealing micro incision is made at the edge of the cornea.
- For hyperopic (longsighted) patients an iridectomy will be required. This is where two small holes are made in the iris using a laser.
- The folded tailor-made lens is inserted in front of the natural lens.
- As the micro incision is self-sealing there is no need for stitches.
- Our specialist nurse will go through the precautions and medications that are needed before being discharged.
- Your aftercare will begin the next day with a check-up for the treated eye.
On the day of treatment you will be provided with an eye cover or goggles, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and hydrating drops. You will be advised when to take the drops.
ICL Treatment Process: Recovery
It can take 24 to 48 hours for your vision to settle. Once your treatment is completed, we will need to see you at regular intervals throughout the year to keep track of your visual improvement. All check-ups will be conducted at the AVC clinic.
You can usually start driving 2 to 3 days after treatment, however this will be confirmed at your first post-operative check when the eye is examined and the rate of healing is determined. After treatment, you can return to normal life; however there are restrictions on certain activities. The more physically exertive the activity or if it is high risk, the longer you will have to wait (the longest amount of waiting time is six weeks after treatment).
A full list of restrictions that may apply will be discussed at the consultation.