Implantable Collamer Lens
ICL stands for Implantable Collamer® Lens but many refer to it as implantable contact lens. ICL eye surgery is like inserting a permanent contact lens inside the eye. You won’t feel or see the lens once it has been inserted into the eye. ICLs correct nearsightedness and astigmatism. They are safe, effective, and provide exceptional visual correction.
ICL surgery is an elective vision correction procedure and like all other vision correction procedures is therefore not covered by insurance.
If you suffer from moderate to severe myopia (nearsightedness: those who can see up close) or astigmatism, ICL surgery can help you eliminate your need for glasses or contacts.
Who is a Good Candidate for ICL Surgery?
- Ideally someone who is over 21 years old, when vision is more likely to have stopped changing, up to 45 years of age.
- A stable eye prescription that has not changed significantly over the last year.
- Your corneas are healthy.
- Your overall eye health is good.
- Your prescription has to be one that can safely be treated with ICL.
- Patients with slightly thin or irregular corneas.
- Moderate to very high amounts of nearsightedness (myopia) and/or astigmatism.
- A family history of certain corneal disease.
- Patients with active lifestyles who desire a quick recovery.