What is ICL Surgery and is it right for me?
Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) Surgery is an alternative to LASIK and has become a popular option for many, particularly those with moderate to severe myopia with or without astigmatism or those with more irregular corneas. The implantable lenses, made by STAAR Surgical, are made of a biocompatible Collamer material that works in harmony with your eye for long-lasting vision correction.
Our expert surgeons in Scottsdale place the lens in the eye behind the iris (the colored part of the eye) and in front of the patient’s natural lens. The procedure takes less than 15 minutes per eye and can correct astigmatism and myopia at the same time.
Unlike LASIK surgery, implantable lenses don’t change the shape of the cornea. Plus, Visian ICLs are not permanent and can be removed and replaced if your vision changes.
ICL Surgery in Scottsdale
A Visian Toric ICL implant is an outpatient surgery, meaning you’ll be able to go home the same day. Make sure you come with someone who can drive you home because your vision won’t be entirely clear by the time you leave our Scottsdale office.
Implantable Contact Lens surgery (ICL) itself should take less than 15 minutes per eye but plan on being in the office for about two hours because you’ll be given vision tests before and after.
For the actual ICL surgery at our Scottsdale vision center, you’ll be lying down comfortably, and the doctor will put anesthetic drops in your eyes to numb them. We’ll use an eyelid holder to prevent you from blinking during the procedure.
The doctor will make a small incision—about 3 mm long—to the side of the cornea and insert the new lens in this slit. The tiny opening will heal and self-seal quickly. Most ICL patients have minimal discomfort during or after surgery.
After your implantable contact lens surgery (ICL) you’ll go home with some eye drops and eye shields. You’ll also wear the eye shields while you sleep for about a week to keep you from rubbing your eyes during sleep. Please plan to have someone drive you home from our Scottsdale location.
We’ll have you come back to the Scottsdale office for an exam the next day to see how you’re doing and test your vision again. You should be able to return to your normal activities the day after surgery.
You won’t be able to feel the lens after it is implanted, and others won’t be able to see it. The ICL is also not a permanent implant, so if for any reason you need to remove it, you will have no issue in doing so.
Implantable Contact Lens Surgery (ICL) Pros and Cons
- ICL Surgery is good for those that are not eligible for LASIK.
- ICL Surgery is not permanent and the implanted lens can be removed if necessary.
- ICL Surgery does not change the shape of the cornea.
- ICL Surgery is an outpatient procedure and has a short recovery period.
- ICL Surgery at Barnet Dulaney Perkins is smooth and easy. Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center has also been voted the #1 Eye Care Center by Ranking Arizona for the past eight years in a row.
- ICL Surgery does not prevent changes in your vision as you age, such as cataracts.
- ICL Surgery is an elective procedure and therefore is often not covered by insurance. Contact Us to learn more about financing options.
- Many Arizona residents may not know that ICL Surgery is the right option for them, as other vision correction centers across the Valley may focus solely on LASIK procedures.
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