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Shall i Remove ICL?
Dear Doctor,

I had a nearsight of -14 and -11 on left and right eye. I had undergone ICL surgery to my both eyes 2months back. But after surgery i had Floaters in my left eye. And sometimes i will have severe burings in both the eyes early in the mornings when i get up from bed. When i checked with the surgoens they said its nothing to do with ICL. But i am getting all this problems only after ICL surgery. So i have decide to remove ICL by next month. I want to know if is it safe to remove the ICL and go back to the Glasses? Will i have again any side effects on eyes like burinings or increse in the eye sight?

Sorry to say this, but Life after ICL is very dis-appointing for me. I never thought ICL will be so risky for my life. Now i cant rub my eyes during night. If i do so i may get cataract on my both eyes. Everytime i needs to be careful with my Eyes now. But with glasses i was so free with many of my activities. But after ICL i cant do all the activities i was doing before. (Like Yoga, Playing, swimming, cant bend head down, which may cause to increase in intraocular pressure). Day and Night i am worried about my future, bcz of this i am not able to concentrate on my career. I was recently promoted as Team Leader. Each time I think of growing, i get the fear what will happen to my eyes.

Please dont think that i am on the negitive side. Hope you understand my condition. I am person with so many regular activities in life. My day start with Gym, office, cooking, playing, watching movies and then back to bed. Now everything is gone for a toss after ICL. Everyday i need to be carefull. I never had dryness, burning in eyes till the ICL surgery. Each time i get new drops for dryness and buring. Which is irritating me. End of the day i feel tired in my eyes bcz of ICL.

My Vision in Right eye is good, but after Black spots in left eye, my left eye vision is reduced.

With ICL there is also a chances of Halos, Cataract and Glocoma. All these is putting me to bad expirence and fear and am not able to over come it.

So I am just thinking that should i go back to Glasses and be safe from everything and start my old life back again. And I wish to be as normal as before.

Please doctor, give me your kind suggestions what should I do?

Regards,
Santy



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233488 tn?1310696703
I am not a fan of intraocular contact lens, I don't recommend them to patients. Yes there are risks of removing an ICL from your eye; ideally the risks of leaving the ICL IN YOUR EYE outweight them.

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Hi Santy,
I feel as ive made a terrible mistake. I got icl's about 3 weeks ago and starting to feel exactly like you mentioned above. Except I have the White line across my vision due to the Yag Holes. Could you tell me if you removed them. Any words of wisdom would help. Im devastated and terrrifed to keep them in my eyes.
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how long dose the recovery usually take if it is removed ??
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i had mines repositioned and i am not seeing clearly it really has affected my eye sight.. i had a lazy eye on my left eye and the dr still said it was safe. i just want my contacts back .. i had lasik done over it could they still be a chance of taking them out.. t
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I had my Visian ICLs removed 9 months after implant five years ago.  I was very happy did it.  You can use the search feature to read my posts regarding the various complications I suffered as a result of the ICLs.

If you would like a recommendation of a superior surgeon who has experience with explantation of the Visian ICL, I would refer to Dr. Majid Moshirfar at the Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He has extensive experience with the Visian ICL and is conservative in his recommendations and approach.  My recovery was very smooth and easy.
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Dear Santy,

Have you removed the icls.. I had it implanted about a month ago. I feel the same way you felt. Please let me know If you had removed them and also the recovery time after removal.
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There have been no posts from Santy since 2011 and I doubt you will get any response
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The reports I've seen suggest overall ICLs are safer than laser surgery, but I hadn't checked on the risk  of cataracts and glaucoma which are valid concerns but likely still small. I just wanted to note that the first post on this page seems to be by someone who mixes in real concerns like cataract with spouting lots of nonsense.

For instance re: "But after ICL i cant do all the activities i was doing before. (Like Yoga, Playing, swimming, cant bend head down, which may cause to increase in intraocular pressure)."

It is only in the initial postop period that exercise should be avoided, as with other surgeries like cataract surgery. It is possible that person has other eye health issues that lead to restrictions that most people won't have, and should have been made aware of the concerns before getting the ICL.

I'll note that the first post on the page mentions: "But after surgery i had Floaters in my left eye. And sometimes i will have severe burings in both the eyes early in the mornings "

I am guessing by  "burings"  it is a typo and he means "burnings" and that it refers to dry eye or something.  Dry eye isn't a common side effect, in fact ICLs are often recommended to people who can't wear contacts due to dry eye. Its more of a risk  with laser surgery or cataract surgery I recall. If it does occur with an ICL, it  is likely due to the surgery to implant the ICL, as are the floaters, so removing an ICL won't help either issue. I'd imagine they actually may increase the risk if another incision is needed to remove the lens.

The comment:  "Now i cant rub my eyes during night. If i do so i may get cataract on my both eyes.". As far as I know rubbing eyes doesn't lead to cataract, and the only comment I'd seen on that with ICLs is to avoid it during the initial healing period. Its almost like this person imagined every conceivable fantasy problem and threw it in. While there are risks to treatments, they need to be kept in perspective and no one should base their decisions on such uninformed paranoid rants.

I also notice his odd comment: "With ICL there is also a chances of Halos". I though the poster was outlining the problems they had. Either he has halos or he doesn't, its usually something you'd have from the start if you are going to have them. Yup, they are a risk of ICLs, but risks need to be kept in perspective.

There are risks from wearing regular contacts and those risks compound over time as well. People need to consider if the risks are worth the benefits. Glasses seem to be the safest correction, though  even wearing glasses can lead to more of a risk of driving accidents compared to wearing contacts or having good vision without wearing glasses. The risks likely are small, but add up over the years as do the risks of contacts or ICLs, though unfortunately there isn't good comparison data out there.

Before I had cataract surgery I was highly myopic and chose not to take the risks of laser surgery or ICLs and think people should carefully evaluate if they really wish to take the risks. However that evaluation should be based on actual studies and real data and not uninformed rumors and paranoid rants. Even doctors should be questioned to be sure what the source of their concerns are since doctors can be human and listen to rumors rather than data themselves at time. Anecdotes can be unrepresentative of actual outcomes but unfortunately can have a disproportionate influence on people's subjective impression of something.

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