Phakic IOLs/ ICL (Implantable Contact Lens)

Phakic IOLs (Intraocular Lenses) is an alternative to Laser Vision Correction (LASIK/ PRK/ SMILE) for correcting moderate to high myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness) with or without astigmatism, and in some cases produce better and more predictable vision outcomes than laser refractive surgery.

Phakic IOLs, also known as implantable contact lenses (ICLs), are implantable contact lenses that are surgically inserted into the eye where they provide excellent quality of vision with predictable and stable results. This technology is adapted from the proven lens technology used for cataract surgery, and works by placing the ICL in front of the natural lens inside the eye. ICL is made of an advanced material that is extremely biocompatible and provides superior optical performance.

At MEC, we are proud to offer this state-of-the-art refractive error solution, especially useful for our patients who otherwise may not be fit for lasik surgery. This surgery corrects higher degree of refractive error. It involves intraocular augmentation of the natural lens with additional lens without removal of natural lens and does not need to removal like a normal contact lens (Phakic IOL).This procedure has many advantages including its correction of the widest range of refractive errors. At MEC, we prefer to chose or offer this procedure in case person is not fit for Laser Vision Correction Surgery or otherwise chooses ICL as his/ her procedure of choice after discussion with our doctors.

What is involved in the ICL procedure?

The ICL surgery is performed on a day care basis which means that the patient has surgery and leaves the same day. The procedure itself usually takes 15-25 minutes or less. The patient will need someone to drive them home on surgery day. A light, topical or local anaesthetic is administered. There is very little discomfort during or after surgery. Some eye drops or medication may be prescribed and a visit with your eye care professional is usually scheduled the day after surgery.

ICL Surgery


Where is the IOL placed?

A trained ophthalmologist will place the IOL through a micro-incision, placing it inside the eye just behind the iris in front of the eye’s natural lens. The IOL is designed not to touch any internal eye structures and stay in place with no special care.

Does it hurt?

No, most patients state that they are very comfortable throughout the procedure. Your ophthalmologist will use a topical anesthetic drop prior to the procedure and may choose to administer a light sedative as well.

Can the IOL be removed from my eye?

Although the IOL is intended to remain in place permanently, an ophthalmologist can remove the implant in a very quick and short procedure.

Is the IOL visible to others?

No, the IOL is positioned behind the iris (the colored part of the eye), where it is invisible to both you and observers. Only your doctor will be able to tell that vision correction has taken place.

Will the patient be able to feel the IOL once it is in place?

The IOL is not like a contact lens over the eye. It is placed inside the eye and cannot be felt.

Will it interfere with cataract Surgery later on?

No, it does not interfere with cataract surgery measurements. It is easily removed during cataract surgery along with the cataract and an entirely new lens is put in place of the cataract.