LASIK Surgery Alternative2021-12-08T12:57:03+00:00

Free yourself from glasses and contacts with implantable contact lenses

Discover how ICLs enable you to enjoy clear vision without visual aids even if you’re unsuitable for laser eye surgery

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Free yourself from glasses and contacts with implantable contact lenses

Discover how ICLs enable you to enjoy clear vision without visual aids even if you’re unsuitable for laser eye surgery

ARE YOU SUITABLE?
BOOK A FREE LASER ASSESSMENT
ICL surgery is ideal if you’re not suitable for laser eye surgery

It provides some patients with an option that is safe and effective

3 easy steps to free yourself from glasses and contacts

Laser vision correction options can be confusing. We’ve made the journey as straightforward as can be

Get in touch

Not everyone is suitable for laser eye surgery. The first step is to get a clear answer on whether laser eye surgery can help you or not. Give our friendly team a call on 0800 99 2020 or use our easy online calendar to book a free laser assessment.

We’ll meet

At your assessment, we’ll answer your questions and give you a clear and honest recommendation based on your lifestyle. You’ll leave with a  confident understanding of the best eye treatment option for your unique eyes.

Enjoy freedom

After treatment, New Zealanders across the country tell us how surprised they are by how quickly their life changed. They also mention that they wish they had done it years earlier! When people say yes to eye treatment, they say yes to a new life, free from the limitation of glasses and contacts!

Enjoy the freedom and convenience that comes with a life without glasses and contacts

Our patients can appreciate the beauty all around them with clear natural vision

Embrace beautiful natural vision

If you’ve worn glasses and contact lenses your whole life, you’ll be familiar with the many trials and tribulations that accompany them. Glasses can make you feel inconvenienced, self-conscious and restricted, while contact lenses can be uncomfortable, cause dry eyes and increase your risk of eye infections.

After ICL surgery, you’ll have freed yourself from their limiting nature and can enjoy life with the beautiful natural vision you deserve.

When frustration turns into freedom

Studies have shown that the transition from visually dependent to visual liberation can do amazing things for your quality of life. Our patients report feeling more confident, healthy and more eager to join in on social events and activities.

Your setbacks become successes

Whether you’re into extreme sports, gentle walks or morning talks over coffee, there’s nothing more distracting than your glasses slipping down your nose, fogging-up or falling-off. Contact lenses can be just as bad; they can slip out of place, require constant cleaning and storing, and can cost a small fortune over time!

After ICL surgery, our patients live worry-free. They no longer have to endure the inconveniences of glasses and contacts and find they have more energy and drive to devote to their hobbies, careers and the people around them.

Don’t settle for anything less

If poor vision and a life of glasses and contacts are all you know, it can be easy to accept their drawbacks and just carry on.

Don’t!

Not many things are as precious as sight, and the experiences and opportunities that amazing natural vision can give you are priceless. Our patients will tell you that their only regret is that they didn’t do it sooner.

Even those unsuitable for laser eye surgery can enjoy life without glasses and contacts

Discover how this straightforward treatment gives you visual freedom

Are your eyes unsuitable for LASIK? You could still enjoy clear vision without glasses, with implantable contact lenses from Eye Institute.

Implantable contact lenses (Visian ICLs) are the ideal solution if you struggle to wear external contact lenses, but you’re unsuitable for laser eye surgery because of:

The Visian ICL technique has been in use since 1993, and more than 125,000 procedures have been carried out worldwide, so the technology is highly developed and very safe.

A Visian ICL is very safe to use, extremely biocompatible (made from Collamer with some collagen). It can even be removed in the future, as it does not alter the eye’s structure in any way.

Implantable contact lenses are made from a special ‘biocompatible’ material that works with your body’s natural chemistry. Each thin, foldable lens is uniquely tailored to your eye and custom made for you in Switzerland.

We insert the custom lenses behind your iris (the coloured part of your eye) in front of your eye’s natural lens. The lenses alter your eye’s focusing point to give you clearer vision in the same way that wearing glasses or contact lenses does.

Unlike many older designs of ICL, you’ll find your ICLs from Eye Institute are completely invisible to anyone looking at your eyes. It’s also safe to continue playing contact sports after your ICL surgery.

Advantages:
  • Corrects high level of myopia, hyperopia and/or astigmatism for people that are unsuitable for laser vision correction.
  • Treatment option for stable or mild Keratoconus.
  • Freedom from glasses and contact lenses.
  • Reversible – We can remove ICL implants and/or exchange them if there is a change to the focus error over time.
  • Short recovery – You can resume normal activities within a few days following surgery.
Disadvantages
  • May not be suitable for people with glaucoma.
  • Not suitable for people with small eyes or a shallow anterior chamber depth.
Risks include:
  • Infection – Extremely uncommon occurrence.
  • There is a rare risk of inducing the onset of lens opacity or cataract.
  • Raised intraocular pressure, or IOP.
You may be suitable for LASIK, SMILE or PRK laser vision correction or refractive lens exchange.

Your ophthalmologist will be able to assess your eyes to determine the most appropriate procedure for you.

What’s involved in an ICL procedure?

The ICL procedure is virtually painless and takes around the same time as a typical LASIK operation to correct each eye (no more than 15 minutes). You’ll be given a topical (no needle!) anaesthetic to numb your eye so that you won’t feel any pain. We can also give you a mild sedative to help with any nerves you may have.
Then, using advanced no-stitch surgical techniques, the surgeon will insert the Visian ICL through a tiny self-sealing slit in your cornea (the surface of the eye).

Afterwards

The ICL procedure will take no more than about 15 minutes, after which you’ll be free to go home within 2 hours, returning for a postoperative examination the following morning. You should be able to return to normal activities within days.
You’ll need to have some follow-up checks after your ICL operation and an annual check-up. Don’t worry if you live outside Auckland, though. We can arrange your check-ups with your local optometrist near to where you live.

Implantable contact lenses provide the same results as external contact lenses. The only difference is that they sit inside your eye to give you permanently clearer vision with much more convenience and comfort.

Discover if you could be free from glasses and contacts

Everyone deserves a life free from glasses and contacts, but not everyone is suitable. The best way to find out if vision correction is right for you is to book a free laser assessment. You’ll get a clear and honest answer on your suitability and treatment options.

BOOK A FREE LASER ASSESSMENT

Discover if you could be free from glasses and contacts

Everyone deserves a life free from glasses and contacts, but not everyone is suitable. The best way to find out if vision correction is right for you is to book a free laser assessment. You’ll get a clear and honest answer on your suitability and treatment options.

BOOK A FREE LASER ASSESSMENT
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Additional resources on implantable contact lenses (ICLs)

Learn more about this laser eye surgery alternative treatment from authoritative sources

Investigators assess the long-term correction of moderate to high myopia using a posterior chamber phakic IOL with a central port design.

Click here to read more about the study.

Implantable collamer lenses are a type of posterior chamber phakic intraocular lens (pIOL). pIOL are usually used for high degrees of refractive error or when corneal refractive surgery is contraindicated. Advantages over corneal refractive surgery also include quicker recovery and reversibility. Posterior chamber pIOL provide a more cosmetically appealing alternative to anterior chamber (AC) pIOL because they are less visible externally and create less risk of endothelial cell loss (ECL) as they are placed further away from the cornea.

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Phakic intraocular lens (phakic IOL or pIOL) implants are an alternative to LASIK and PRK eye surgery for correcting moderate to severe myopia (nearsightedness). In some cases, phakic IOLs produce better and more predictable vision outcomes than laser refractive surgery.

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Dr Nick Mantell

Dr Mantell is a specialist in refractive and cataract surgery. He has restored the vision of thousands of people in his 17-year career.
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Dr Peter Ring

Dr Ring is an expert in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery.
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Dr Shanu Subbiah

Dr Subbiah is a cataract, corneal and laser surgery specialist.
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Dr Adam Watson

Dr Watson specialises in treating many aspects of the eye, including the face, eyelids, tear drainage system and the cornea.
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Prof Helen Danesh-Meyer

Professor Danesh-Meyer is an international authority on glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmology and one of the most highly regarded experts in her field.
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Prof Charles McGhee

Professor Charles McGhee, a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon for 25 years, specialises in corneal diseases and cataract surgery.
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Dr William Cunningham

Dr Cunningham is a consultant ophthalmologist who specialises in cataract surgery and vitreoretinal surgery.
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Dr Simon Dean

Dr Dean is a consultant ophthalmologist. His areas of expertise include cataract surgery, corneal surgery and pterygium surgery.
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Dr Peter Hadden

Dr Hadden specialises in vitreoretinal and cataract surgery, including the treatment of intraocular tumours.
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Dr Narme Deva

Dr Narme Deva is a key opinion leader for Medical retina and Uveitis in New Zealand.
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Dr Liz Insull

Dr Elizabeth Insull is a New Zealand and UK trained Oculoplastic and Ophthalmic surgeon.
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Dr Kaliopy Matheos

Dr Matheos is an ophthalmologist with subspecialist training in glaucoma and anterior segment surgery, cataract surgery and pterygium surgery.
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Dr John Beaumont

Dr Beaumont is a general ophthalmologist. He specialises in surgical ophthalmology, medical ophthalmology and urgent eye trauma care
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Dr Jay Meyer

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