Frequently asked questions
1. How much time do I need to prepare for the ICL?
Before the operation:
You may have to wait for the lens to be produced from Switzerland about 1-2 months. Hospital staffs will contact you with information about when the lenses will arrive. Please contact the hospital if you have questions about ordering or waiting for lenses.
After the operation:
On the first day, you will have an eye cover which makes it impossible to use the operated eye. But you can use the other eye to see with by wearing eyeglasses over the eye cover.
On the second day, you can use the first eye to look at while the second operated eye is closed with an eye cover.
On the third day, you can use both eyes at the same time.
There may be a slight irritation in the first day after the procedure.
2. Have had an eye evaluations that you can do LASIK or RELEX if you want to do ICL, how do you decide?
Both lasers and ICL have the same goal: to enable you to see without having to rely on glasses or contact lenses. But both are different
You will have to make a choice. Of course, LASIK wins in terms of price because ICL is more expensive.
ICL wins in terms of no effects on the corneal thickness and dry eyes including the quality of night vision. And in the future, advanced technologies such as AR / VR / Google glasses that are coming can be used like with normal eyes. Moreover ICL wins in terms of being able to removed and return the eyes back to normal.
These are up to you to decide.
3. Do ICL lenses have to be removed and washed? Will we feel that there is a lens in the eye?
No, because the ICL is not like a contact lens that is worn outside the eye. Tthe ICL is inserted inside the eye and nothing else needs to be done afterwards. The ICL will eventually act as part of the eyeball. So we don’t feel anything in our eyes like contact lenses.
You can do activities, swimming, diving and playing sports normally. However, it is not recommended to play extreme sports that require intense impact, such as boxing and taekwondo.
4. When other people look at me, can they tell that I'm wearing an ICL?
ICL cannot be seen by the other people because the ICL is very flat and thin and is hidden behind the iris. Even an ophthalmologist uses a high-powered magnifying slit lamp to look at it, ICL is still hard to be detected.
5. How long will the ICL stay in the eye?
The answer is….as long as you want. ICL is made of the inert material that does not interact with the intraocular tissue. Therefore the ICL can stay within the eyes for a lifetime.
But in fact as people get older, the natural lens of the eye deteriorates. When the time is right, we need to have cataract removal surgery with artificial intraocular lens implant like a natural old person. At that time, the ICL is easily removed and the cataract lens will be replaced with the intraocular lens implant with calculated power to correct your eyesight as well.