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  • ICL Implantable Permanent Contact Lenses

    I can't find much discussion on this forum as I'm considering having ICL as I'm not suitable for Laser surgery due to having dry eyes.

    Here in the UK we have only a handful of places to get this procedure done with the cost ranging from 1000 to 3000 per eye with the cheaper option being at Optimax and the more expensive option at Centre for Sight.

    I'd like to hear from anyone who has undergone this procedure, I have spoken to one person who has had it done and is very happy with the result.

    I'm going to book appointment's with both Businesses mentioned and see what they have to say.

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    Hi mcrdot1, i know this procedure should be much safer than traditional refractive surgery in regards to dry eyes as it doesnt require severing the corneal nerves.. i've seen it several times compared to cataract surgery. So i think it's safe to say it can affect your overall eye comfort to some extent (keep in mind that blepharitis for example is a very common complication of cataract surgery). Out of curiosity, which lenses are we talking about, visain or verisyse? Those prices look low compared to where i live (and yes i know its uk pounds :P)

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    • #3
      i was also wondering why we dont have much discussions regarding icls.
      I have been impressed with what they claim.But seen none posting anything regarding this.Strange!

      Well i was looking for ICL impant in my aphakic right eye.It was left aphakic (as capsule was broken and not able support iol there ) by the surgeon in 2007 when iol placed in 2001 was found dislocated and surgeon didnt find it fruitful to replace the discolated iol by saturing/fixation.(I still dont know why they didnt prefer scleral fixation/many other procedures available to treat cataract with capsule issues)

      The local doctor says he is hopeful for vision recovery in that aphakik eye if iol is placed again.but he asked me to consult cataract specialist for scleral fixation.(he himself is specializing in plastic surgery so not operating my severe dry eyes' cataracts himself.)

      my concern is..i already had cut on my cornea twice(1st in 2001 when iol was placed and then in 2007 when discolated iol was removed)
      Now im afraid to get another cataract done in the same eye for scleral fixation.

      If ICL surgery can fulfill needs of an IOL as they claim, i feel its safer for me to go ahead with it.as it wont interfere with my weak cornea again.
      if any1 had ICL implants let me know please.

      ANy other suggestions/views also welcome.
      Really need to be a ROCK to take the pain!

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      • #4
        Hiren - tied IOL in damaged capsule - watching videos and following OSNSupersite it looks like pure technique for various methods and ideas are developing fast, but astonishing the variation in skill. It becomes more understandable why they couldn't do it locally without the techniques. I'd be holding off to find the best confident, experienced, highly skilled person who really knows what they're doing. Plus there's the gentle art of months getting the difficult surface ready, plus months of healing aftercare, ideally. One of the problems is looking at what's actually there behind the surface before they open up for which they need the latest technologies in eg ultrasound. Might be worth following who's at LV Prasad, maybe back from the States eg Harvard, if a trip to the US for assessment on what's currently possible is out of the question. You are so right to thoroughly research this. Just a thought, totally uninformed and inexperienced to even comment. Warm regards from us both.
        Last edited by littlemermaid; 28-Jan-2012, 07:52.
        Paediatric ocular rosacea ~ primum non nocere

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        • #5
          well i called up one of the icl surgeon here in India.He said icl is not possible in aphakic eye.
          icl is a substitute for lasik and not for caratact.
          I will require secondary iol. i.e. scleral fixation \or some other technique.

          I will take view from a doctor at ahmedabad to see various options for iol surgery. http://www.raghudeepeyeclinic.com/ad...ing-cases.html

          He will be the best surgeon according to me.
          Just thought if icl can help..but sadly it cant.
          Really need to be a ROCK to take the pain!

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          • #6
            Hi,
            I already have Blepharitis and the surgery I'm referring to has no effect on Blepharitis or cataracts.

            I'm not talking about visain or verisyse, I'm talking about Collamer ICL Lenses

            Heres a link
            http://www.centreforsight.com/implan...ontact-lenses/

            Originally posted by Majorglory View Post
            Hi mcrdot1, i know this procedure should be much safer than traditional refractive surgery in regards to dry eyes as it doesnt require severing the corneal nerves.. i've seen it several times compared to cataract surgery. So i think it's safe to say it can affect your overall eye comfort to some extent (keep in mind that blepharitis for example is a very common complication of cataract surgery). Out of curiosity, which lenses are we talking about, visain or verisyse? Those prices look low compared to where i live (and yes i know its uk pounds :P)

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            • #7
              I would ask the MD if any corneal nerves need to be cut during this surgery. In another post dealing with cataracts indrep noted that any procedure involving any cut of the corneal nerves (even if it's minor compared to lasik) can impact dry eye. I believe he meant make it worse.

              I don't have the exact post but if you search cataracts ioc and indrep it is there.

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              • #8
                A tiny 3mm self healing incision will be made where the white of your eye meets with the coloured part (corneal/scleral juntion)

                There is no cutting of the nerves with Collamer ICL Lenses

                Originally posted by tearless2 View Post
                I would ask the MD if any corneal nerves need to be cut during this surgery. In another post dealing with cataracts indrep noted that any procedure involving any cut of the corneal nerves (even if it's minor compared to lasik) can impact dry eye. I believe he meant make it worse.

                I don't have the exact post but if you search cataracts ioc and indrep it is there.

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                • #9
                  I find it hard to understand how there could not be a cutting of nerves involved. The nerves over the cornea do not just end at the edge of the cornea. I would think they would continue into the sclera and then down to the back of the eye. Maybe one of the docs can comment on this one.

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                  • #10
                    My mistake, it does seem like these are Visian lenses

                    I've found a good youtube video, the surgeon looks to be very good at what he does.
                    http://youtu.be/Zx0C1wKF7E4

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