Extra lens implant

Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can be corrected by inserting an extra lens in front of your natural lens. With this procedure, you can see clearly again without glasses or contact lenses.

In this procedure, we implant an extra lens in your eye, without treating or removing your own lens. The new lens is either placed over the iris (Claw or Phake lens) or behind the iris (Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)). Both techniques can be used to correct astigmatism. The extra lenses are not visible to you or anyone else and are very well tolerated.

When are you eligible for an extra lens implant?

  • Vision specifications

High myopia (from -8 to -22 dioptres), farsightedness (from +4 to +12 dioptres) and/or astigmatism (from 0.5 to 6.0 dioptres) can be corrected with an extra lens implant.

The implant of a (toric) iris claw lens or a (toric) ICL offers an effective and safe alternative for patients who are not eligible for laser treatment, for example if the correction needed is too high or if the cornea is too thin or irregular.

  • Age
To be eligible for the implant of an extra lens as an alternative to glasses or contact lenses, you must be between the ages of 18 and 45 and your divergence has to have been stable over the last 2 years.
  • Recent intake examination

The intake exam used as the basis for your treatment must not have been carried out more than six months before the actual procedure.

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We’re happy to help!

At Brussels Eye Doctors, we are committed to giving you a clear view on the world! Would you like to experience life without the nuisance of glasses or contact lenses? If so, consider an extra lens implant. Our dedicated team is here to support you through each step and to answer all your questions. Discover the various options we offer and look with renewed confidence towards the future.

  • After your intake exam, the lenses will be custom-made for your eyes. When your eyes have a cylindrical divergence, we will opt for a toric lens.
  • A few days before the procedure, you will need to apply some preparatory eye drops at home.
  • When you arrive at our centre, we start with a few administrative tasks. Next, you will get some eye drops in order to dilate or constrict your pupil. This takes around 30 minutes. You can relax.
  • Once your pupils are sufficiently dilated or constricted, we will accompany you to the operating room. There, your eyes will be anaesthetised with drops and carefully disinfected.
  • While you lie back comfortably, we will insert the artificial lens via a small incision in your eye. After inserting the artificial lens in the right position, it will automatically take on the right shape.
  • The procedure takes fifteen minutes per eye and is nearly painless.

The price of an extra lens implant varies, depending on various individual factors. We consider it important to make a personal price calculation for each patient. For an overview of our fees, please go to the fees page.