ICL Intraocular contact lenses

In years past, glasses and contact lenses were the only treatment options for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Today, there are more choices, including refractive surgery—also called laser vision correction.

Yet many people who want corrective surgery for their vision have prescriptions outside the range that the laser can treat reliably. Others may want a treatment that does not involve a laser. For these patients who are nearsighted, there is an alternate type of surgery that implants a type of contact lens inside the eye.


 The Other Choice

This corrective lens goes by the name “intraocular contact lens” (ICL). It is made of a soft, biocompatible material similar to that of a soft contact lens. Unlike a contact lens, the ICL goes inside the eye, behind the iris (the colored part of the eye). Once in place, an ICL cannot be seen or felt.

It stays in place, typically for life, and needs no cleaning or care. In studies of the ICL, 99.4 percent of patients were satisfied with their vision results.

The Surgical Experience

Your ICL procedeure will be done at our accredited, state licensed, state-of-the-art amulatory surgery center. Once there you will receive a light sedation to make you comfortable and taken into the OR. Once you are prepped for surgery, Dr. Fox will make a tiny 1/8 inch incision and insert the ICL. This incision will not require any stiches and will heal on its own. The typical procedure takes no more then 15 minutes; however, you must stay in the facility for a while longer so we can monitor your eye. 


Lifetime Vision Correction

The ICL is made to give you a lifetime of vision correction. However, if you have major changes in your vision you do have options.  You can either elect to have the ICL removed and replaced, or have a different procedure to enhance the function of the ICL. These options will be discussed with you by one of our doctors to help you make the best educated decision.