IC-8™ Lens


The IC-8™ Lens is available at the following centres:

BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Sheffield Royal Hallamshire Hospital
– Spire Portsmouth Hospital
– Woking Nuffield Health Hospital
– BMI The Park Hospital Nottingham


We usually begin to notice a decrease in our quality of vision somewhere in our 40s. It likely starts with blurry near vision and progresses to loss of image sharpness. This decrease in visual quality is due to changes in your eye’s natural lens. It’s a totally natural change that happens to everyone eventually.

Now you can regain quality of vision with the IC-8™ lens. The IC-8 lens is designed to give you:

• Excellent image quality at all distances, so you can drive, read the newspaper and work on your computer without glasses
• Quality near and intermediate vision without compromising far vision
• Good quality night vision

How does the IC-8 Lens work?the IC-8 Lens

After a full eye examination is completed, and it is determined you are a suitable candidate for a lens replacement or cataract surgery, the doctor will discuss your options available to you. Cataracts (link to what is a cataract page) can only be removed surgically, when a person cannot see well enough with glasses to perform normal activities.

The IC-8 lens replaces your eye’s natural lens and provides clear vision at all distances. The lens includes a small ring with a pinhole in the center. This advanced design helps focus the light entering the eye and once again allows you to see from near to far clearly.

The images below help show how your eye is currently focusing light and how it can be restored with the IC-8 lens.

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Understanding the Pinhole Effect

Applying the same optical principles used in photography, the IC-8 lens takes a clear artificial lens and places a small mini-ring in the center. This mini-ring creates a pinhole effect, which extends your natural range of vision by blocking unfocused light and only allowing focused light rays to enter your eye.
The foundation of the pinhole effect, also known as small aperture optics, is based on the same principle as an f-stop camera, in which:
– A photographic lens aperture is used to adjust the amount of light reaching the film or image sensor
– Depth of focus, or range of vision, is a function of both the pinhole size and focal length of the camera lens
– Smaller apertures produce a longer range of vision

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IC-8 FAQs

What is the IC-8™ Lens?
The IC-8 lens is a synthetic implant that replaces your eye’s natural lens and provides clear vision at all distances. The lens includes a mini ring with a pinhole in the center. This advanced design helps focus the light entering the eye and once again allows you to see from near to far clearly.

How is the IC-8 lens different than alternative options?
Treatment options for cataract patients today may come with compromises. Traditional monofocal IOLs allow patients to see clearly at distance but patients still need reading glasses or bifocals to see intermediate or near objects. Other presbyopic treatments using IOLs, such as multifocals or trifocals, have disadvantages, including induced glare and halo. The IC-8 IOL is designed to address these limitations and provide cataract patients with a full range of vision and fewer compromises. However, it’s best to talk with your doctor about which treatment option is right for your specific vision needs.

How long does cataract surgery take?
Cataract surgery typically takes between 15-20 minutes.

When can I return to normal activities?
Most patients resume normal activities and return to work within 24-48 hours. Your doctor will discuss your specific recovery process with you in more detail.

What is the recovery process like?
You will be required to take eye drops as prescribed to help your eyes heal.

Will I still need glasses?
Magnification may still be needed for tiny print or reading in dim light as expected for any synthetic lens.

 


Your LaserVision consultant surgeon can expertly guide you through the best treatments for you. Each treatment is personalised to achieve the best results.


 


In association with:
Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust