IMPLANTABLE CONTACT LENSES
Laser eye surgery isn’t for everyone. Perfect Vision understands, and as a result provide the most technologically advanced lenses as a non-laser surgery treatment option. We offer the Vision Implant Contact Lense as an effective treatment method for those suffering from myopia.
Perfect Visions Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) are designed to remove the need for glasses or contact lenses and is used in procedures including a Refractive Lens Exchange or Cataract Surgery. These lenses are permanent fixtures that don’t alter the shape of your cornea. It also doesn’t rule out any laser correction surgery in the future.
The application of an implantable contact lens is minimally invasive, painless and patients can expect a quick recovery.
What is involved for implantable contact lenses?
The process of placing an implantable contact lens in an eye involves no lasers; it is instead undergone using well-established lens correction methods that have proven effectiveness. Perfect Vision can successfully implant the Visian Implantable Contact Lens, whether it be for a refractive lens exchange, or for cataract surgery.
The surgery involves making a micro-corneal incision to reach and remove the affected lens of the eye. Using the method of phacoemulsification, Perfect Vision Doctor’s break up and remove the lens of the eye, leaving the lens capsule intact. The small, foldable implantable contact lens is then placed in the eye through the original incision, occupying the space of the original lens and providing clear, focused vision to its recipients.
An implant such as the Visian Implantable Contact Lens is a permanent solution for problems with eyesight, without the need to alter the shape of a patient’s cornea. The lens can’t be felt and requires no maintenance; Although it can be removed if necessary or requested by a patient.
Who is suitable for this procedure?
ICL procedures are designed for people with high degrees of short-sightedness (Myopia) or long-sightedness (Hyperopia), and astigmatism. Generally, patients with such prescriptions who are below the age of 40 are ideal candidates for this procedure. Patients who have cataracts or early signs of cataracts are recommended to have a Lensectomy (or Refractive Lens Exchange). ICL procedures are also ideal for patients whose corneas are unsuitable for laser surgery as they are maybe too thin, too shallow or too steep.
Where is the procedure performed?
The procedure is performed in the Perfect Vision accredited day theatre and does not require an overnight stay. You may return home once you feel fit to leave our theatre.
How long does the procedure take?
It usually takes about 20-30 minutes per eye. You will be at our day theatre for approximately 4 to 5 hours in total, as it requires time to prepare you for the procedure as well as to ensure that you are fit to leave once the procedure has been completed.
Will this procedure be painful?
The majority of patients feel no pain. A local anaesthetic is used to relax patients without putting them to sleep and a guard is used to help keep your eyelids open during the procedure.
Can I have both eyes done at the same time?
Yes, unless the surgeon recommends otherwise, although the vast majority do have both eyes operated on at the same time.
Are there risks involved with this procedure?
Like with any procedure which involves anaesthetic, there are possible complications which can occur. The severity does range. All procedures pose the risk of infection. At Perfect Vision Laser Correction, we implement the highest grades of aseptic technique, and we have never had a case of infection with any of our procedures. The benefits and risks are discussed during your consultation.
Can I drive after the procedure?
You will be required not to drive for a minimum of 24 hours after the procedure. We advise that you arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure. Upon examination the next day after your procedure, you will be given a better indication as to when it will be safe to drive. This may take a few days.
How will I feel after the procedure?
Due to the local anaesthetic, you will feel drowsy. This feeling is normal for the following few hours after your procedure. We keep you rested on recliners until you feel ready to make your journey home. You will be given some light refreshments, and our nurses will check your medical status to ensure that you are fit to leave the theatre. It is advised that you go home and rest until we see you the following day.
Do I need to use drops after the procedure?
Yes, you will be required to commence a course of drops post-operatively for approximately 4 weeks. You may also be required to use some drops pre-operatively approximately 3 days prior to your procedure, to help reduce the risk of infection in the eyes.
Will I need glasses or contact lenses after the procedure?
Generally speaking, no, you will not require glasses or contact lenses to correct your vision after the procedure. Nonetheless, treatment of some higher degrees of short-sightedness or astigmatism may require laser correction secondarily (after the ICL procedure).
The laser correction will be aimed to correct a much smaller prescription to ‘fine tune’ your vision. Should you require laser correction secondarily, there will need to be a 6 week interim period. The majority of patients do not need glasses or contact lenses during this 6 week period, however, if you do, the cost will be covered by our clinic.
Is there anything that I will not be able to do after the procedure?
- Once your procedure is completed, a nurse will talk you though some care instructions to help care for the eyes post-operatively.
- You will not be able to drive for a minimum of 24 hours after your procedure.
- We also advise that you do not swim for 2 weeks and do not use eye make-up for 1 week post-operatively.
- You will be required to wear some clear plastic eye shields post-operatively for 3 nights when you sleep. You will be able to see through these shields.
- Sunglasses are suggested outdoors for the first 1 week post-operatively.
- Windy, dusty or dirty environments should be avoided for two weeks post-operatively.
- There are no restrictions regarding heavy lifting or exercise after the first 24 hours have passed.
- You may watch television or read after the procedure. Although you may find vision initially blurred, watching tv or reading will not harm the eyes.
- You will be able to bath or shower as normal just simply avoiding soap and water in the eyes for the first week.
- Initially after the procedure, you may experience some haloes around lights at night and glare. This is normal and can take some time to resolve.
Here at Perfect Vision we have an immense amount of faith in our surgeons to provide excellent results. We believe that our surgeons provide treatment that lasts long-term, resulting in patients maintaining excellent eyesight for years to come. We want our patients to be as happy as possible with the results and intend to help them maintain the best possible vision for as long as possible through our commitment program.