Consultant Ophthalmologist London
MBChB MD FRCOphth CertLRS
The cost of your implantable collamer lens surgery depends on the type of treatment you need, your prescription, and your personal requirements. A range of payment and financing options, which can help to spread the cost. Mr Hove will provide you with information on costs at your consultation.
You can view specific procedure costs on the prices page.
A relatively pain-free experience
You can use your eyes for screen work or reading as soon as they feel comfortable to do so, you cannot strain your eyes through visual effort. You can fly on the day of surgery but we recommend that you remain local to the hospital for two weeks post-operatively.
After implantable collamer lens surgery ou can quickly return to many everyday activities, although heavy lifting or other strenuous activities should be avoided for two weeks. Driving can be resumed when the legal standard is met, typically one week post surgery. We expect 95% of patients to achieve the legal standard for driving post-operatively without the use of spectacles or contact lenses.
Implantable collamer lens surgery normally takes place on both eyes on the same day.
Mr Mfazo Hove has performed many thousands of intraocular lens operations and is a certified ICL surgeon. He ensures that the technology and products used for the surgery are of the highest standards available. He operates using state of the art equipment with facilities for sedation and general anaesthesia if required.
Although the large majority of patients achieve excellent results without complications, it should not be forgotten that ICL surgery is a surgical procedure. As with all forms of eye surgery, ICL surgery has risks and whilst he makes every effort to minimise them, they cannot be totally eliminated. Further information can be accessed from the Visian website here. A PDF information booklet can be downloaded here.
The Implantable Collamer Lens (Visian ICL) is a small, highly flexible, biocompatible lens that is inserted into the eye and floats on the natural lens of the eye to correct spectacle error. It can be used to correct astigmatism as well as short and long-sightedness.
The ICL is often used as an alternative to LASIK or LASEK when the spectacle correction is high or the cornea is too thin or the eye too dry to support laser vision correction. The ICL can be used to correct a range of refractions from -8.50DS to -20.00DS of myopia, or from + 4.00DS to +8.00DS of hyperopia and up to 4.00DC of astigmatism.
The lens can be removed from the eye through the same small (~3mm) entry port it was originally placed so that although the procedure is designed to be permanent, the lens can easily be removed at a later date.