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What are the risks of removing an ICL lens?

Eye Health

Hello, I'm 33 years old. I had an ICL lens implanted, which I now want to remove because it makes me feel uncomfortable. What are the risks of removing an ICL lens, and can I wear contact lenses after?

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ICL lenses may be removed in an intra-ocular procedure that is very similar to the original ICL procedure (except performed in reverse). It may even be performed slightly faster!

The same risks of infection or intraocular bleeding are still present, however the other risks of angle-closure glaucoma, cataract formation, or inflammation as a result of the lens are no longer present.

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1073 views 19 Sep 2018

To answer the question on whether you can wear contact lens after ICL removal, the answer in a word is yes. 

With regards to risks of removing an ICL, as with all types of eye surgery, there are risks of infection, bleeding, damage to the natural lens or other surrounding structures of the eye. 

Though serious complications are possible, the chance of these occurring are fortunately relatively uncommon.

1138 views 15 Sep 2018


Removal of an ICL is usually not a high risk procedure, although as with every surgery, a certain level of risk does exist like infection, inflammation and slight operative damage to surrounding structures and tissues. 

However, one thing for certain is that after removal your refractive power will be back to square one. Contact lens can be worn, but you should wait for at least a month to three months before wearing contact lenses again.

You may want to have your eye discomfort checked properly first because there may be other solutions apart from ICL removal. Hope this helps.

Cheerio

Dr Han

1124 views 15 Sep 2018
Hi Kossay

The risks of removing an ICL include the usual risks of any surgery such as infection and inflammation, as well as small risks of damage to the cornea and crystalline lens of your eye. Of course, as Dr Han points out, your refractive error (spectacle power) will return after ICL removal and you will need to wear glasses or contact lenses again. Contact lenses may be worn about a month after the ICL is removed.

Just taking a step back, you may want to relook the cause of your eye discomfort. 

There are many causes of eye discomfort and if it turns out that the ICL was not the cause, then you may have removed the ICL unnecessarily and still have the eye discomfort afterwards.

1111 views 16 Sep 2018

The removal of an ICL lens implant is usually easier and faster than the ICL lens implantation procedure. The serious risk involved is of intra-ocular infection which can occur in 1 in 1,000 cases.

But yes, you will be able to wear your contact lenses after around 2 - 3 months after the ICL lens removal. In the meantime, you can wear your glasses.

Hope that helps!

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