ICL Procedures at Vision Care Clinic

ICLs or implantable contact lenses work like permanent contact lenses that sit just behind the iris, which is the coloured part of the eye. They can’t be felt by the patient and are invisible to the naked eye. Implantable contact lenses are a remarkable alternative for individuals who are not suitable candidates for laser eye surgery. ICL’s correct vision problems such as shortsight, longsight, and astigmatism. Unlike traditional contact lenses, implantable contact lenses do not need to be removed or cleaned daily, offering a convenient and hassle-free solution.

At Vision Care Clinic, we use Staar EVO ICLs (implantable collamer lenses) offering a permanent correction to needing  glasses and contact lenses, for a very wide range of prescriptions. The procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure, which is typically quick and straightforward to perform.  Patients also benefit from a short recovery time, which is painfree. Overall, the benefits of ICLs include excellent visual outcomes, convenient spectacle free vision, comfortable eyes and stable results. Making them a popular choice for those seeking long-lasting and reliable vision correction.


What is an ICL?

An implantable contact lens is a tiny device, designed to work like a traditional contact lens but specially designed to permanently remain in place. The ICL is chosen to suit an individual’s refractive error and can correcting shortsight, longsight and astigmatism, even for high prescription2.

Results are almost instantly achieved, without discomfort, resulting in clear, natural vision, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once in position, the ICL is unnoticeable to the patient or while looking at the eye. The lenses are chosen further to a thorough consultation, enhanced optical scanning and detailed discussion with your specialist about your lifestyle and vision needs, so ensuring a precise fit and optimal vision correction.

Who are ICLs for?

ICLs are recommended if you are:

  • Dependent on glasses or contact lenses for clear vision
  • Older than 21 years old and have a stable prescription for at least 12 months
  • High refractive error either short-sight, longsight or astigmatism
  • Thin corneas or a limited amount of corneal tissue, which may lack strength
  • Interested in a removable/reversible vision correction solution
  • Are not suitable candidates for laser eye surgery

All methods of vision correction surgery require a detailed eye examination to determine a candidate’s suitability.

How is an ICL procedure performed?

ICL surgery is an outpatient procedure at Vision Care Clinic, performed in a sterile environment in just three steps, typically taking less than 30 minutes:

Preparing the eye: Drops are used to dilate the pupil, prior to treatment and then anaesthetic drops are used to numb the eye.

Creates an opening: the doctor creates a very small opening in the corneal to enable access to the eye.

Introduce the ICL: the implantable contact lens is then gently implanted behind the iris and carefully positioned, with patients experiencing, just a small amount of pressure on the eye.

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Contact Vision Care Clinic

If you’re tired of the dependency and inconvenience of contact lenses or reading glasses and would like to achieve visual freedom, Vision Care Clinic offers a comprehensive consultation to ensure ICL is the optimal treatment for your vision.

Contact our team today on 0117 905 7722 to discuss your ICL treatment at Bristol’s leading eye clinic, Vision Care Clinic.

Why is ICL a good option?

Implantable contact lenses are a great idea for individuals who desire visual clarity and wish to reduce their dependence on traditional vision correction methods such as glasses or contact lenses.

These patients may find glasses wear inconvenient or the use of contact lenses uncomfortable.  It could also be that neither of these options suit the individuals lifestyle.

ICL’s are ideal for patients with high prescriptions and often as an alternative option to laser eye surgery.

Compared to laser eye surgery, implantable contact lenses offer versatility as they can be removed if necessary in the future, allowing for adjustments or reversals if the need arises; for example, when the eyes age and there is the chance of a cataracts.

Additionally, these lenses provide stable and long-lasting results, enabling individuals to enjoy improved vision, all day and night, everyday. With implantable contact lenses, individuals can engage in their everyday activities with confidence, including sports or outdoor pursuits, as the lenses remain securely in the eye.

Ultimately, implantable contact lenses are an excellent choice for individuals seeking lasting visual correction that offers convenience, versatility, and freedom from traditional eyewear.






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