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How long do ICLs last?

Category: ICL Surgery

ICLs, or implantable contact lenses, are a type of corrective lenses that are surgically inserted into the eye. ICLs are an alternative to LASIK surgery and have a number of benefits, including being removable and reversible. But is it permanent? Let’s find out.

Am I A Candidate For ICL Surgery?

If you are nearsighted, you can see things that are closer to you but struggle to focus on things that are far away. The farther an object is from you, the blurrier it appears. When you lose the ability to focus on certain objects, you need corrective treatment. If you are at least 18 years old, suffer from myopia (nearsightedness), and/or astigmatism and want to experience superior vision correction or you are a candidate with a refractive error who are unsuitable for laser refractive surgery, you may be a candidate for ICL surgery.

What Is ICL Surgery?

ICLs are made of a soft, flexible material that is inserted into the eye through a microscopic incision. Once in place, they float in front of the eye’s natural lens and correct vision issues. ICLs can be removed and replaced if necessary.  So, how long do they stay in?

Is ICL Surgery Permanent?

ICLs are designed to last a lifetime. However, in some cases, they may need to be removed sooner. For example, if you experience an injury to your eye or if your vision changes significantly, you may need to have your ICL removed which would require additional surgery. In most cases, though, ICLs will stay in place for as long as you need them.

ICLs are a safe and effective way to improve your vision. ICLs can be removed and replaced if necessary, and they do not affect the health of the eye or the surrounding tissue. In most cases, ICLs will last a lifetime.

How Long Does It Take To Get ICL Surgery Done?

Anyone who has considered getting ICL surgery has probably wondered about how long the surgery will take. ICL surgery, or implantable Collamer lens surgery, is a type of refractive surgery used to correct myopia or nearsightedness. The ICL surgery involves implanting a small, thin lens in the eye to change the way light enters the eye and is focused onto the retina. ICL surgery is a relatively quick and easy procedure that can be done in as little as 5-7 minutes per eye.

ICL Recovery Time

Most people report very little pain after ICL surgery and experience few if any side effects. Recovery from ICL surgery is usually fairly quick as well; most people can return to their normal activities within a day or two after surgery. Before we begin the procedure, we administer eye drops to numb your eyes.


ICL surgery is a safe and effective way to correct nearsightedness. If you are considering ICL surgery, be sure to consult with an experienced eye surgeon to determine if it is the right option for you.


Be sure to talk to one of our doctors about not only the benefits of vision correction, but also any risks of vision correction that may pertain to your individual needs and circumstances.

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