1 Million ICLs Implanted Worldwide

What is the ICL?

The ICL is a refractive lens that works with your natural lens. Not to be confused with a contact lens, the ICL is an Implantable Collamer Lens. It is a permanent lens that cannot be seen or felt. There is no maintenance and, unlike LASIK, there is no correcting of your cornea involved. The ICL procedure is recognized as the most recent advancement in refractive surgery, but don’t let that fool you – it has been around for 15 years and is FDA-approved, just like LASIK.



The 1 Million Milestone

A significant milestone has been reached recently: more than 1 million ICLs have been implanted worldwide. Seventy-five countries have access to improving the vision of those living with myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism through the ICL.

One million lives have been changed through a lens no larger than .5 millimeters.
The creators behind the ICL lens, STAAR Surgical, have developed a breakthrough in refractive surgery, making vision correction possible for those who are not candidates for LASIK or PRK. As the need for distance correction grows around the globe, the Implantable Collamer Lens stands tall with a 99% satisfaction rate that continues to grow.


Kugler Vision proudly offers the ICL procedure for those who are candidates. If you would like more information on the ICL or the other vision correction procedures that we offer, call us at 402.558.2211.


Published by

Lance Kugler, MD

Lance Kugler, MD, is a specialist in LASIK and vision correction surgery and CEO of Kugler Vision. A proud Omaha native, he is passionate about improving lives through clear vision. Dr. Kugler serves on several national boards, and his practice is recognized internationally as a center of excellence. Dr. Kugler is one of the original founders of the Refractive Surgery Alliance, an international organization comprised of over 350 of the world’s leading vision correction surgeons; he also served as its first president. In 2019, Dr. Kugler was selected as a TEDx speaker, and delivered a talk in Omaha about the worldwide epidemic of nearsightedness and refractive solutions. Dr. Kugler is an Associate Professor of Refractive Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Truhlsen Eye Institute, has been published in many medical journals, and participates in numerous clinical studies to advance the field of vision correction surgery. Additionally, Dr. Kugler is proud to be a Board Certified Fellow of the World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences. Dr. Kugler and his wife are proud parents to five active kids. When he has a spare moment, he enjoys skiing, tennis, travel, and fine coffee.

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