Implantable Contact Lens

Permanent implantable (inside the eye) contact lenses to improve your vision naturally.

€4900 - €5200 per eye

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What is it?


Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) is a procedure that implants an artificial lens, called an implantable contact lens (ICL) in the anterior (front) chamber of the eye. The ICL is chosen to correct your prescription and this vision correction procedure can remove the need for you to use glasses and/or contact lenses to see well. At Wellington Eye Clinic, we use the EVO+ Visian ICL™ and Visian® ICL™ which are manufactured by STAAR surgical. 

The Benefits Are Clear

  • Quick procedures taking approximately 30 minutes per eye but normally done separately, 1 week apart. Often performed on 2 consecutive days and seldom on the same day
  • Can correct large prescriptions that may be less suitable for laser vision correction
  • Excellent choice for those with dry eye that is not responding sufficiently well to treatment
  • Increased freedom from glasses and/or contact lenses
  • In the event that the ICL does not fully correct the prescription, the vision can be further improved with a laser eye surgery fine-tuning procedure. At the Wellington Eye Clinic, there is no additional cost for this laser surgery enhancement.
  • Reversible (Very unlikely to be required, well below 1% risk)

How does it work?

Implantable Contact Lenses (ICLs) may remove the need for glasses and/or contact lenses by implanting a lens in the anterior (front) chamber of the eye, behind your pupil. The lenses are invisible and cannot be felt. Our ICL procedures are performed at the adjacent Beacon Hospital. The procedure is performed one eye at a time, generally 1-14 days apart. At the Wellington Eye Clinic, we use the EVO+ Visian ICL™ and Visian® ICL™ which are manufactured by STAAR surgical.

Why do I need it?

ICL's explained

How do I know if it is right for me?

What makes me a good candidate?

What to Expect

Initial consultation

The initial consultation is a two step process; first we will complete a 30 minute virtual (video) appointment with you to assess your visual needs. At a later date, you will attend the clinic in person for a full eye health check. This appointment will last up to 2.5 hours. You will undergo tests and scans before a consultation with the doctor. During the consultation, the doctor will discuss the options and advise which procedure you are most suitable for.

Please note: Your pupils will be dilated so you will be unable to drive for the remainder of the day following the appointment. Contact lenses must be left out 2 days (soft lenses) and 3 weeks (for hard lenses) prior to an evaluation as they distort the natural shape of the cornea.

Day of surgery

On the day of surgery, while the procedure only takes 30 minutes per eye, you will be in the Beacon Hospital for approximately 4 hours. This allows time to complete your admission to the Day Unit, preoperative checks such as blood pressure and dilate your pupils before your procedure. The anaesthetist will also discuss sedation with you as the procedure is typically performed under general anaesthesia. When your procedure is over, you will relax (with tea and toast!) in the recovery room for approximately 40 minutes. In line with Beacon Hospital's policies, we ask that you have a family member/ friend collect you at the reception area of the Day Unit in Beacon Hospital after your procedure. On discharge from the Beacon Hospital, you are seen directly afterwards at the Wellington Eye Clinic by one of the clinical team to monitor the early surgical recovery.

Post-operative care

Once you are discharged from Beacon Hospital, you will come to the clinic for a quick intraocular pressure (IOP) check to ensure the IOP is stable before you go home. We advise all patients to go home and rest on the day of their procedure. Most patients find the procedure comfortable with only mild discomfort for the remainder of the day. Prescriptions for pre and post operative care will be provided at the time of booking your surgery appointment and you should have these prescriptions filled prior to going home. You will use 3 kinds of drops for 1 month after the procedure. These are intended to reduce inflammation and infection as your eye heals. 


You will return to the clinic for post-operative visits as per the below schedules: 

  • Day 1
  • 1 week
  • 6 weeks
  • 6- 12 months

Arthur Cummings was so friendly and put me at ease while giving me all the facts about the procedures. I felt no pressure at all to make a decision. I opted for Visian lens implants and I am delighted I did

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take for my vision to settle after surgery?

You may notice an improvement in your vision the day after surgery but as the dilation drops are still wearing off, we do not expect your vision to be sharp yet. You will notice an improvement in the first week but the vision may fluctuate in the weeks after surgery as it takes 6 weeks for vision to fully settle. 

How will I feel leaving the hospital?

You will feel tired leaving the hospital as the sedation can take some time to wear off. You will have less energy due to the fact you are fasting so it is normal to feel tired. You may notice some improvement in vision but we expect your vision to be blurry as the dilation drops used before your procedure take 10-30 hours to wear off. If you are experiencing discomfort after the procedure, you should let the nurses in the Day Unit know before you are discharged so they can give you some pain relief. If you are sore/uncomfortable at home after the procedure, you can take over the counter pain relief such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen.

Is everyone suitable for ICL?

There are a small group of patients who are not suitable for ICL procedures. These include: 

  • Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Patients with a narrow angle in the front chamber of their eye, because in this case the space for the ICL would be inadequate

What are EVO+ Visian ICL™ and Visian® ICL™ made of?

The material is called Collamer®, a collagen co-polymer that contains a small amount of purified collagen which is proprietary to STAAR Surgical; the remainder is made of a similar material to that found in soft contact lenses. It is very biocompatible (does not cause a reaction inside the eye) and stable. It also contains an ultraviolet light filter.

Will I be able to feel the ICL after it is implanted?

The ICL is not noticeable after it is implanted. It does not attach to any structures within the eye and does not move around once in place. You cannot feel the ICL and it cannot be seen by others looking at you either.

Where can I get more information about the ICL?

You can find out more about the EVO+ Visian ICL™ and Visian® ICL™ on the STAAR surgical patient website.

How long after surgery can I resume normal activites?

ActivitySafe to resume post ICL procedure
Bending1 week
Bikram Yoga4 weeks
Boxing6 weeks
Bungee Jumping6 weeks
Cycling1 day
Driving3-5 days
Drinking (alcohol)1 day
Eyelash tinting/ extensions6 weeks
Eyebrow threading/ waxing6 weeks
Eye make-up 1 week
Face make-up2 days
Football2 weeks
Flying 1 week   (short haul), 2 weeks (long haul)
GAA2 weeks 
Gardening1 week
Golf1 week
Gym1 day 
Hair-wash2 days
Hair colouring1 week
Horse riding2 weeks
Hurling2 weeks 
Jogging1 day
Karate2 weeks 
Lifting2 weeks
Parachute Jumping2 weeks 
Pilates1 day
Rugby2 weeks 
Sailing2 weeks
Sauna2 weeks 
Scuba diving3 months
Shower1 day
Skateboarding1 day
Skiing2 weeks
Smoking1 day
Squash2 weeks 
Steam room2 weeks 
Sunbathing/ Sun-bed1 week
Swimming2 weeks
Surfing2 weeks
Tennis1 week
Trampoline4 weeks
Weight lifting2 weeks
Yoga1 week



Before treatment

Vision Correction Initial Consultation



Implantable Contact Lenses

€4900 - €5200 per eye

Follow Ups

Typically you should come for a check up at least once every 2 years.

First 12 months

No Charge

12 months - 4 years


12 months - 4 years (Optometrist Only)


After 4 years (Doctor & Optometrist)


Additional scans may be required with additional cost of €60 each. Maximum 2 scans chargeable per visit.

After 4 years (Optometrist Only)


Additional scans may be required with additional cost of €60 each.Maximum 2 scans chargeable per visit.

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