This procedure involves using an ocular implant to correct vision in patients who are not eligible for lager surgery.

At a glance

  • Precise intervention: corneal microincision
  • Tried-and-tested technique
  • Painless procedure
  • Rapid recovery
  • Two stage procedure: a few days in between treatment of the two eyes

About ICL treatment

Ocular implants, also known as intraocular lenses (IOLs) or implantable contact lenses (ICLs), are designed to be placed inside the eye, in between the iris and the lens. This technique eliminates the need for glasses.

ICLs are intended for patients who are not eligible for laser surgery because the correction required is too major, their cornea is too thin or they have a structural defect which means that any kind of laser surgery is contraindicated.

In this procedure, an implant is placed inside the eye which allows the visual defect to be corrected. This type of implant, which is biocompatible and invisible to the naked eye, is inserted through a microincision measuring 2–3 mm while the patient is under a local anaesthetic (eye drops). An interval of a few days is left between operating on each eye. The recovery time is very short.

Troubles de la vision traités

Vos questions sur le traitement ICL

How long does the surgery take?

The operation takes 45 minutes per eye. This time includes preparation and fitting of the implant.

Do both eyes have to be operated on in one day?

No. For this type of surgery, both eyes will only be operated on in the same day under exceptional circumstances. It is recommended to leave a few days in between operating on each eye.

The SMILE technique can be used to correct myopia and astigmatism at the same time, whilst leaving the surface of the cornea essentially intact.

The femto-LASIK technique combines femtosecond laser and excimer laser treatment in order to remodel the cornea.


The PRK technique enables refractive treatment to be performed on the surface of the corneal stroma after removal of the superficial corneal epithelium.


The LBV technique involves applying the principle of monovision, in addition to which a corneal profile is established in order to create depth of field and thereby improve mid-field vision.

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