High degrees of Long or Short-sightedness

Implantable contact lenses are an alternative option to high correction spectacles for people seeking a permanent correction of for high degrees of long or short-sightedness.

 

The implants, which resemble contact lenses, are placed between the clear front covering of the eye (cornea) and the iris (coloured portion of the eye) or just behind the iris.

 

 LASIK is not advisable for people requiring very high prescription spectacles or for those who do not meet recommended criteria ( i.e cornea too thin). Implantable lenses can be a surgical alternative to LASIK in these scenarios

 

A key advantage to ICL  implantation, however, is that the lens can usually be removed, and for this reason, the procedure is often termed ' reversible'.

   

Unlike traditional cataract or Refractive Lens Exchange surgery the natural lens remains in place and the new lens is placed in front of the natural lens (protected by the iris or capsular membrane)

 

Prior to the operation, a number of painless measurements and tests are carried out to ensure suitability. Each lens is manufactured to match your prescription and surgeons undertaking this procedure must carry out supplementary training. Professor Aggarwal has been specially trained to perform this procedure.

 

The lens is implanted behind the iris and is invisible even when the pupil is dilated ( fully open). The lenses can be removed and because the natural lens is still in place, this treatment is often known as a reversible.

 

* The type of anaesthetic used will be discussed during the pre-operative assessment

Professor Rajesh Aggarwal

BM MRCP FRCS FRCOphth Pg.Cert Med.Ed

Consultant Ophthalmologist