What Are Implantable Contact Lenses?

People with extreme nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or a thin cornea are typically not suitable for a laser eye treatment. Surrender to fate and accept glasses? Not with EuroEyes!

With the ICL, a phakic intraocular lens, EuroEyes can offer an excellent alternative treatment for nearsighted patients with a dioptre higher than -8, and for farsighted patients with a dioptre higher than +3 – even if the refractive error is combined with astigmatism. Contrary to a contact lens, the ICL will remain permanently in the eye, but can be replaced at any time. It is positioned between the iris and the natural lens. Working in harmony with your natural lens, the ICL thereby ensures that the light is correctly focused on the retina, making it possible for the patient to see clearly once again. This procedure has been carried out for more than 25 years and is considered an extremely safe method for the treatment of myopia, farsightedness and astigmatism.

And you can have confidence that EuroEyes has implanted the most ICL contact lenses in Europe for the fourth time in a row.

ICL Explained

  • Excellent quality of vision for high nearsightedness or high farsightedness in combination with astigmatism in one step
  • Results in excellent visual quality
  • The collamer® material is very well tolerated with excellent biocompatibility and durability
  • The ICL is not visible or perceptible in the eye and is positioned in front of the eye's own lens
  • The lens can remain in the eye for a lifetime, the procedure is reversible and the ICL can be removed or replaced if needed
  • The treatment is permanent and pain free

98% of patients life quality improved after the operation.


99.3% would recommend the operation to family and friends.


The Process

  • 1

    Preparing the Eye

    This outpatient procedure typically lasts 10 minutes per eye. Anesthetic eye drops ensure a pain free procedure. The eye is opened with a key-hole incision in the corneal periphery that heals without a suture.

  • 2

    The implantable contact lens

    With ICL, each patient receives a tailor-made artificial biopolymer lens implant that has lifetime durability. The ICL lens is flexible and foldable like a contact lens, and is inserted into the eye in a matter of seconds with an injector through the small corneal incision.

  • 3

    Correction of ametropia by implantation of the ICL

    Unlike a contact lens, ICL is positioned in the posterior chamber of the eye between the iris and natural lens. It remains there permanently and is neither visible nor perceptible. The custom-made ICL collamer® lens together with the natural lens redirect the light to focus on the retina with optical precision. After the treatment the patient can see clearly without glasses and contact lenses.

  • Implantable Contact Lenses

Our Doctors

Dr. Jørn Slot Jørgensen

The founder, chairman, executive Director and CEO of the Euro Eyes clinic group, Dr. Jørn Slot Jørgensen is regarded one of the leading authorities in the field of refractive surgery. The Euro Eyes Eye Laser Clinic in Hamburg and the entire Euro Eyes clinic group functions under his medical direction and leadership.

Prof. Michael Christian Knorz

Prof. Michael Christian Knorz is Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs (International) of EuroEyes. He worked with EuroEyes since July 2015 and is responsible for supervising and overseeing our medical operations worldwide. Prof Knorz also serves as our consulting surgeon in the PRC.

Dr. Göran Helgason

Dr. Gören G. Helgason is one of Europe's most experienced and skilled Swedish doctors. He has mastered all disciplines in eye surgery and has more than 25 years of experience. He has been with the EuroEyes group in Denmark, China and Germany since 2018.

Prof. Dr. Andriy Petrunya

Prof. Dr. Andriy Petrunya is a surgeon and specialist in ophthalmology at the EuroEyes clinic group since 2013. The specialist of ophthalmic surgery and ophthalmology, trained and longtime experienced in almost all fields of ophthalmology, supports EuroEyes China with his expertise.


  • 27 clinics worldwide
  • 25 years of experience
  • >20 yearly treatments
  • 500.000 treatments in the last 25 years

Frequently Asked Questions

The ICL (implantable contact lens) is a clear polymer lens that resembles a contact lens. Unlike a contact lens, the ICL is inserted into the posterior chamber of the eye between the iris and the natural lens. It is called a phakic lens because it is inserted in addition to the body’s own lens. The ICL remains permanently in the eye and is neither visible nor perceptible. Together with the body’s own natural lens, the ICL ensures that the light is focussed correctly in the middle of the retina and corrects ametropia.

The ICL is small and extremely soft; it can be easily folded and gently placed in the eye with an injector within seconds – through a small incision in the cornea. In the latest form of ICL offered by EuroEyes, this has a small opening (Aqua Port) so that the aqueous humor can flow freely between the anterior chamber (in front of the iris) and the posterior chamber (behind the iris) without further intervention. After the ICL treatment, the patient can see sharply again – without glasses or contact lenses.

When a laser treatment is no longer a suitable option, for example, for refractive errors of more than -10 or +4 dioptre, or if the cornea is too thin, implants are a good alternative. ICL is mainly used in young patients up to the age of 45, as the ability of the body’s own lens to accommodate is not impaired. Thus it is even possible for people with extremely high refractive errors to live lifelong without glasses or contact lenses until the onset of presbyopia from approx. 45 years of age.

No, you will neither feel it, nor be able to see the intraocular lens. There are two different types of Phakic Intraocular lenses: anterior chamber lenses and posterior chamber lenses.

The anterior chamber lens is implanted in front of the iris in the anterior chamber. The posterior chamber intraocular lens is placed behind the iris and in front of the natural lens. It consists of Collamer, which is a biocompatible polymer.

The posterior chamber depth must be at least 2.8 mm.

An anterior chamber depth of minimum 2.7 mm. (Not suitable for farsightedness and no toric correction is possible.)

At EuroEyes, the highest level of attention is paid to total compliance with the most stringent requirements for the quality of treatment and standards of hygiene, so the risk of complications, caused by the laser vision correction, is very low. True complications are extremely rare. Clear and dedicated patient compliance concerning the follow-up appointments is particularly important to promote optimal healing. The prescribed eye drop regimen should be strictly observed, as well as the recommendations given to the patients by the staff of the medical institution for the postoperative period should be followed. Side effects (adverse events) that may occur from time to time in the laser vision correction are usually short-term ones, they do not cause any serious concerns and are completely treatable.