ICL or implantable contact lens, are best solution for patients who cant be corrected with LASIK or SMILE due to thinner cornea or eyes with power correction required beyond 10 diopters. ICL is a soft, flexible gel-lens used in refractive surgeries for the permanent correction of myopia (nearsightedness), made of a collagen copolymer. ICL requires no removal of the corneal tissue and reportedly produces better quality of vision especially in high power corrections.
The ICL is surgically implanted inside the eye, where it resides permanently. The ICL requires no maintenance after the procedure and functions very similarly to contact lenses in improving visual acuity. For most patients, ICL provides permanent freedom from eye glasses or contact lenses. It is available in only few centres in India.