Implantable Contact Lens Surgery

Are you trying to cope with vision that’s not as good as it could be? Is it having a detrimental effect on your quality of life? Then Optimax are here to help you. Not everyone is suitable for laser eye surgery, but it may be that lens surgery provides the perfect answer. Here at Optimax, we boast nearly three decades of experience in the industry, so you can be confident that you’re in the very safest hands when you come to us.

Implantable Contact Lens - ICL

We appreciate that you will likely have a range of queries before you even think about undergoing lens surgery. The costs, risks, recovery time and benefits all need to be weighed up carefully, while it’s also imperative that you understand the differences between the two types of lens surgery, and which procedure might be most appropriate for your needs.

What are the different types of lens surgery?

There are two separate treatments when it comes to lens surgery: lens replacement surgery (also known as refractive lens exchange, or RLE) and implantable contact lens (ICL) surgery.

RLE is essentially the same process as cataract surgery and involves the removal of your eye’s natural lens, which is then replaced by either a multifocal or monofocal lens. This operation tends to be more suitable for patients over the age of 40. 

With both procedures, an artificial lens is placed inside the eye and these treatments can correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Here, we’ll try to answer any questions you might have about ICL surgery.

What is ICL eye surgery?

Implantable contact lenses are also known as phakic IOL (intraocular lens). This treatment is generally recommended for patients under the age of 40, who do not need reading glasses. In most cases, the lens is positioned in front of the natural lens and behind the iris, however the exact positioning will depend on the lens chosen. With ICL surgery, the natural lens remains in place, so the procedure is reversible, should your visual requirements change.

Is ICL surgery safe?

We have performed well over 1,000 of these operations during the past decade, and approximately 200 per year over the last couple of years, so you can be safe in the knowledge that our surgeons are fully qualified and highly experienced.

Furthermore, there is a complication rate of less than 1 in 1,000 (>0.1%), so you can be confident that ICL eye surgery is one of the safest medical procedures.

What is the success rate of ICL surgery?

We are proud to report that across 2018 and 2019, 99.78% of our patients were satisfied with the results of their ICL surgery.

What are the benefits of ICL surgery?

Taking the decision to have ICL surgery should leave you with vastly improved vision and the ability to see things much more clearly and in greater focus. It is a contact lens implant designed to last 100 years, so you should feel the benefit for the rest of your lifetime. The procedure itself only takes around half an hour.

Does ICL surgery hurt?

The vast majority of our patients say that the operation is comfortable. We will give you numbing eye drops prior to your ICL surgery, which will mean there won’t be any pain, although you may feel some pressure. You may also experience some mild discomfort during the healing process, which can usually be treated with eye drops.

How much does ICL surgery cost?

If you come to Optimax, your ICL surgery will cost £2,495 per eye, and this fee is fixed regardless of your prescription. There will be no hidden charges for you to worry about, and we also offer interest-free credit for up to 18 months, so you have the option to spread the payment for your procedure across a more manageable timeframe. Following treatment, you must attend a cell count appointment once a year, at a cost of £50 per appointment. This is essential in order to check your eye health and lens compatibility.

How long does the ICL surgery procedure take?

The operation itself lasts for around 20-30 minutes, although you may be in the treatment room for a little longer. However, it’s best to plan to be at the clinic for up to four hours, as you will need to take into account preparation time and discussions with a patient advisor.

How long do implantable contact lenses last?

Your surgically implanted contact lenses are designed to last for around 100 years.

How long will my ICL surgery recovery take?

You may experience slightly blurred vision for a couple of days after having ICL eye surgery, which will gradually improve over time. It may take a couple of months for you to achieve the final result, as your eyes will continue to heal following the procedure.

Can I have surgically implanted contact lenses put in both eyes at once?

No, we do not usually perform ICL surgery on both eyes on the same day, in order to reduce the risk of infection. Instead, we will operate on each eye a week apart.

What care will I receive after ICL eye surgery?

We pride ourselves on the excellent level of service provided to our customers, and that guarantee extends well beyond the day of your operation. You will receive one year’s free aftercare, during which we will meet a number of times to discuss the progress of your ICL surgery recovery. Your first appointment will be scheduled within a day or two of your operation, with two more to come over the subsequent 4-6 weeks. Finally, if all is well and everything seems satisfactory, you will be discharged after 3-6 months.

You can find more information on our ICL surgery aftercare programme here.

Will I still need reading glasses after ICL eye surgery?

ICL surgery tends to be most suitable for people in their 20s or early 30s, at which point the majority would not require reading glasses. This procedure will correct your prescription at that time, but you may still need reading glasses as you get older, so this operation will not eliminate that requirement altogether.

How soon can I drive following ICL surgery?

That will depend on the progress of your ICL surgery recovery. Some people may be ready to drive again within a couple of days, while for others it may take a week or two to reach that point. The best course of action is to ask your optometrist during your aftercare appointments. They will be able to advise you on when it’s safe to get back behind the wheel.

Why should I choose Optimax for my ICL surgery?

The combined skill, knowledge and experience of our surgeons make us one of the UK’s number one providers of ICL surgery. Here are just some of the reasons why we’re the best in the business:

  • Experience: We have been performing vision correction procedures for more than 25 years , with thousands of operations undertaken in that time, so you can be sure that our surgeons are experts in their field.
  • Fixed costs: At £2,495 per eye, the price of having ICL surgery with Optimax is fixed, regardless of your prescription. There won’t be any extra charges or hidden fees, and you can spread the cost over a more manageable period if you wish, thanks to our interest-free payment plans for up to 18 months.
  • Success rate: The numbers speak for themselves – 99.78% of our patients during 2018 and 2019 were satisfied with the results of their ICL surgery.
  • Convenience: We boast 20 clinics across the UK, with ICL eye surgery treatment available in six of those including London, Leicester and Liverpool, so you should be able to find a location that’s close to you.
  • Trustworthiness: We are proud of our ‘Excellent’ rating from almost 2,000 customer reviews on Trustpilot, so you can rest assured that you’re in the hands of dependable, fully qualified professionals. Additionally, all of our ICL surgeons are Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons, registered with the General Medical Council and are Fellows or Members of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
  • Aftercare: You will receive a year’s free care after ICL eye surgery, during which time you will attend a number of appointments as we monitor the health of your eyes and track your progress. We firmly believe in the importance of continuing our relationship long after the operation, and rest assured we’ll guide you expertly through every stage of the recovery process.

How do I know if I’m eligible for ICL eye surgery?

ICL surgery tends to be most suitable for patients in their 20s and early 30s with a high prescription that makes them ineligible for laser eye correction. However, please note that there are a number of factors which could prevent you from having the operation.

Anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding will not be treated, for example, as the fluctuations in hormones can affect your vision. The strength of your prescription, pupil size, corneal thickness and any dryness of the eyes may also impact your suitability for ICL surgery. If you are unsure about whether you will meet the required criteria, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and our friendly, professional team will be only too happy to answer your queries.

How do I book my ICL surgery?

Should you be interested in having ICL eye surgery, you can book a consultation, request a call back or order a free information pack. If you do decide to come in for a comprehensive and in-depth consultation, you will be charged a fully refundable £10 deposit, or £30 if your appointment is on a weekend.

If you decide to proceed with the operation, your surgeon will give you an assessment a week beforehand, just to make sure they are happy with everything. In most cases, the time between your first enquiry and the procedure itself is around one month, with six of our 20 clinics across the UK offering the treatment. We’ve helped thousands of people reap the benefits of ICL surgery and you could be next, so why not contact us and get the vision you deserve.


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