Interviewer: So can anyone see that you have an implantable contact lens?
Alex Shortt: Absolutely not. The lens actually sits behind your iris, which is the coloured part. They’re completely transparent and there’s no glint or reflex off it. So it’s impossible to see unless you know what you’re looking for. Even ophthalmologists sometimes struggle to identify where the lens implant starts and where the natural lens starts. The two just look like one structure. It’s incredible technology.
Interviewer: The first thing that pops into my mind is somebody who might have an implantable contact lens on top of their natural lens. Does that in any way interfere with any future cataract surgery procedures or anything along the lines?
Alex Shortt: A great thing about these ICL lens implants is that they are so easy to remove. They are so flexible that again via a 2.4-millimetre tiny incision, they can simply be removed. It’s a completely reversible procedure.
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