Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL)
Our ICL procedure is an excellent alternative option for those who might otherwise choose LASIK, Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), or SMILE. ICLs are the procedure of choice for higher amounts of nearsightedness and astigmatism.
What Are Implantable Contact Lenses?
An implantable contact lens, or ICL, is an artificial micro-lens used to correct vision. They are an alternative to traditional contact lenses and are sometimes called a Collamer Lens or Phakic Intraocular lens.
How Does ICL Work?
Unlike traditional contact lenses, which sit on the surface of your eye, ICL lenses are surgically inserted into your eyes. They sit between your iris (the colored bit of your eye) and your natural lens. They work by bending or refracting light onto your retina, which is where your optic nerve is. When light hits your retina, it processes a picture from the light, and your brain forms a clear picture, all without the help of glasses.
What’s the Difference Between LASIK and ICL?
A LASIK procedure will permanently change the shape of your cornea to restore your vision by removing small amounts of cornea tissue. With
ICL, our specially trained surgeons will implant a custom-selected Collamer lens (collagen-based) while leaving your natural lens intact. Unlike traditional contact lenses, the ICL never needs to be removed for cleaning. Unlike LASIK, ICL lenses are removable, making the treatment reversible.
Who Should Consider ICL?
Here at Magruder Laser Vision, we recommend the ICL treatment for those who want to reduce their dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses or suffer from nearsightedness or astigmatism.
Who Is a Suitable Candidate?
You are a good candidate for implantable contact lenses if you fit the following criteria:
To help determine whether ICL is right for you, our dedicated team will have a comprehensive and personalized discussion about your best possible outcome and what alternative vision correction options are available to you. This conversation includes asking about your lifestyle ambitions, understanding your vision goals, and taking note of any current vision deficiencies.
Our mission at Magruder Laser Vision is to help you gain the clear vision you need and want, which is why we are more than happy to discuss all treatment options with you and answer any questions you may have.
What to Expect from the ICL Procedure?
The ICL treatment here at Magruder Laser Vision is designed with your comfort in mind, with our patients experiencing little to no discomfort at all during or after the procedure. In delivering the highest standard of patient care, the majority of our patients see vision improvements within 1-day, with optimal results in as little as 1-week. You may return to normal activities such as going to work, wearing make-up, driving, and completing routine home activities within a couple of days after surgery.
Is ICL Safe?
Yes, ICL treatment is a safe and proven procedure with over 1 million ICL implant procedures completed worldwide.
What to Expect During Recovery?
The healing process with ICL is relatively quick, with noticeable improvement within 24-hours after surgery and continued improvement over the next 2-3 days. At Magruder Laser Vision, our post-operative care is tailored to each individual to ensure that you come away with clear vision and an exceptional outcome.
What Does Visual Recovery Look Like?
The visual recovery period for Implantable Contact Lenses is relatively quick, with most patients reporting clear vision within 24-48 hours and stabilized within 1-week of surgery.
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