Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)

An ICL is also known as known as phakic IOL (or phakic intraocular lens). It is performed to treat short-sightedness (also known as near-sightedness or myopia)

An ICL is ideal for individuals under 40 years of age who do not yet need reading glasses. The implanted lens is most commonly placed behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens of the eye. It is designed to last for life, and can be easily removed in the at a later stage in life if cataract surgery is required. An ICL corrects short-sightedness (myopia), significantly improving one’s vision without glasses.

Treatment is tailored to the individual to facilitate the best possible vision that will suit their lifestyle requirements.  It is important to bear in mind that there is no perfect solution to match all lifestyle needs. During the consultation, the surgeon will help you pick an option that is most suitable for you.

Sharp, Clear Vision 1, 2, 3


Patient satisfaction 4


Procedures worldwide 9

Excellent night vision 5

A removable, upgradable option

Great for those with thin corneas 6, 7

Does not induce dry eye syndrome 8

In harmony with your natural eyes

Flexibility for the Future

While EVO Visian ICL can permanently correct your vision, the lens can be removed to keep pace with advancing technology and your future needs.

No Dry Eye Syndrome

By not removing and reshaping the corneal tissue, the Visian ICL procedure does not induce dry eye syndrome.


In the event of a major prescription change or the availability of new vision correction options, EVO Visian ICL is completely removable.

A Quick Procedure and Recovery

20–30 minute procedure or less and most people are able to resume daily activities in just a few days with clearer vision.

A removable, upgradable option

Great for those with thin corneas

Does not induce dry eye syndrome

In harmony with your natural eyes

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Frequent asked questions (FAQs):

ICL surgery does not involve removing any cornea tissue from the eye, unlike laser refractive surgery. ICL surgery simply involves making small keyhole incisions and inserting a lens into the eye. This means that ICL surgery is reversible by removing the ICL. ICL surgery is safer for individuals who are highly short-sighted (range of -6 to -20). In fact, there is emerging evidence that it may be a better option than laser refractive surgery for individuals with even lower levels of short-sightedness.

ICL surgery corrects short-sightedness, giving you much more clear vision without spectacles or contact lens.

In the hands of an experienced surgeon, the operation takes 5-10 minutes. The patient can go home immediately after routine surgery, and vision usually improves significantly within a few days.

Yes, at the AI Vision Clinic, refractive lens exchange surgery can be performed on both eyes on the same day.

ICL surgery has a good safety profile, and can transform quality of life. The most common complications are over or under-correction, whereby an individual ends being slightly more short or long-sighted than intended. This is correctable by replacement of the ICL. Risk of severe loss of vision due to complications such as infection or retinal detachment are rare, and the majority of patients are very happy with surgical outcomes.

You will meet your surgeon, Mr Mukhtar Bizrah, who will discuss the options of correcting your vision and perform your eye surgery. At the AI Vision Clinic, you will not meet your surgeon for the first time on the day of surgery!