Your Radiant Eyes
In this section you will find answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please reach out to an IC-8 lens eye surgeon near you. Find the closest eye doctor to you here.
What is the IC-8 lens?
The IC-8 lens is an intraocular lens, also known as an IOL, used to treat cataracts. The IC-8 lens takes a clear lens and places a small mini-ring in the center. The mini-ring creates a pinhole effect, which extends your natural range of vision by focusing light rays into the eye.
How is the IC-8 lens different from other lenses?
A single focus (monofocal) lens gives you excellent far vision, but you will likely need glasses for reading and using computers. While the IC-8 lens uses a monofocal lens, it adds a mini-ring to the center of the lens. This mini-ring creates a pinhole effect that helps focus light entering the eye. By combining the reliability of a monofocal lens with the advanced mini-ring, you gain a full range of vision from near to far so you can grocery shop, read a newspaper or work on your computer with greater spectacle independence. The IC-8 lens is the only lens that combines monofocal technology with a mini-ring.
Is the mini-ring inside the IC-8 lens visible?
The IC-8 lens including the mini-ring is invisible to the naked eye, which means that your friends and family will not be able to see it.
Why is the IC-8 lens only implanted in one eye?
Studies show the IC-8 lens is highly effective when implanted in one eye. If you need cataract surgery in both eyes, your surgeon will recommend a companion lens. Working together, these lenses will give you the vision you desire.
When can I return to normal activities?
Your doctor will discuss your specific recovery process with you in more detail.
What is the recovery process like?
After cataract surgery, you can expect your vision to improve over the next few days and weeks. Your vision may seem cloudy, blurry or distorted until your eyes have time to adjust to the new intraocular lens. Optimal results are usually achieved between one and three months post-operatively. Visual recovery depends on personal healing patterns and compliance with your doctor’s post-operative instructions (follow-up visits, medications).
Will I still need glasses?
The IC-8 lens is ideal for individuals who want to be able to do everyday activities with the reduced need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. While many patients do achieve spectacle independence that is not the absolute goal. You may need reading glasses if you are working in dim light, performing a near task for a prolonged period of time, or attempting to read very tiny print.
Who’s a candidate?
After a thorough eye examination and reviewing your medical history, your doctor will determine if cataract surgery with the IC-8 lens is suitable for you.
What are the benefits?
The IC-8 lens is designed to:
- Bring back your everyday vision
- Provide excellent far vision + computer and reading vision
- Free you from the constant need for eyeglasses
What are the next steps?
To find out if the IC-8 lens is right for you, you’ll want to take these next steps:
- Talk to your doctor about your options
- Undergo a comprehensive eye exam
- Discuss your vision goals with your eye doctor
- Review the risks and benefits