What to expect during ICL surgery
You will be given eye drops to dilate your pupil when you arrive at the surgical department at Stockholms Ögonklinik. The eyes are then rinsed thoroughly with an aseptic solution, and the area around them thoroughly washed.
A sterile cloth is fixed around the eye and a special holder is used to hold the eyelids apart. You will be given anaesthetic eye drops, after which the local anaesthetic will be applied.
The front chamber of the eye, between the cornea and the natural lens, is filled with a viscous fluid that makes it possible to introduce the new lens without damaging the tissues of the eye. The new lens is then inserted through a slit 3 mm long. The lens is placed in front of the natural lens, behind the iris. The lens is designed to be self-centring in the eye, and positions itself above the pupil. The strength of the lens has been calculated based on the shape, length, and depth of the eye, together with measurement of its refractive power.
One or two small holes are made at the far periphery of the iris, in order to prevent increase in pressure after the procedure. It is also possible to minimise astigmatism by placing one or two incisions in the cornea during the same procedure. There are lenses available, known as “toric” ICL lenses, that can be used to correct severe astigmatism.
The surgery does not require any stitches or dressing: all that is necessary is to take some anti-inflammatory eye drops for about a week. You return home the same day, and most people experience improved visual acuity after a few days. Check ups will take place after one week, one month, six months, and one year.