ICL Surgery risks / complications

Why ICL Eye Surgery?

ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) eye surgery is a popular choice for individuals seeking vision correction. Unlike traditional LASIK or PRK procedures, ICL surgery does not involve altering the cornea’s shape. Instead, a micro-thin lens is inserted between the iris and the natural lens, providing excellent visual outcomes with minimal discomfort and a rapid recovery. 


ICL is a versatile option for those with high myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism, as it can correct a wide range of vision issues. This procedure offers stable, predictable results, and it’s reversible if your prescription changes or you have other eye health concerns. 


Overall, ICL eye surgery provides an excellent alternative for vision correction, ensuring improved eyesight without compromising corneal integrity.

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Risk Factors

While ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) eye surgery is generally considered safe and effective, there are some risk factors and potential complications to be aware of:

  • Glaucoma: ICL surgery can increase the risk of developing glaucoma, a condition characterized by increased intraocular pressure. Regular eye check-ups are essential to monitor and manage this risk.

  • Cataracts: In some cases, ICL surgery may accelerate the development of cataracts. It’s crucial to discuss this possibility with your surgeon, especially if you are at a higher risk for cataracts.

  • Dry eyes: Temporary or long-term dry eye symptoms can occur after ICL surgery.

  • Allergic reactions: Although the ICL is made of biocompatible materials, allergic reactions can occur in rare cases.

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ICL Recovery

ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) surgery typically offers a relatively swift and comfortable recovery process. Immediately after the procedure, patients may experience some mild discomfort, but this usually subsides within a day or two. Most individuals can return to their regular activities within a few days, although it’s crucial to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully.


Full visual recovery varies among patients but generally occurs relatively quickly, often within a week or so. It’s common to experience fluctuations in vision during the initial days to weeks post-surgery. You’ll have follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and ensure the ICLs are positioned correctly.

Side Effects

  • Glare and Halos: Many patients experience temporary glare and halos around lights, especially at night. These visual disturbances usually diminish over time but can persist for some individuals.
  • Dry Eyes: ICL surgery can sometimes lead to dry eyes, which may be temporary or chronic. Dry eyes can cause discomfort, blurred vision, and irritation.
  • Infection: As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection. This risk is relatively low, but it can be a serious complication if it occurs.
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