At Kugler Vision, we offer seven vision correction procedure options that can help patients see clearly — including people who have been told they are not good candidates for LASIK. Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) is a safe and effective treatment option to enable patients to see clearly without glasses and contacts. Originally, ICL was seen as a solution for people with high myopia (high lens prescription) and for people whose corneal thickness was not sufficient to have LASIK. ICL is still a great option for these types of patients. However, because of the consistently precise results ICL delivers, it has grown to be one of the most popular vision correction options among many patients who simply want incredibly crisp, clear vision and a reversible option. ICL can give you the freedom to see the world without the hassles of glasses and contact lenses. Discover your options by taking our 60-second self-test below.
The ICL Procedure
The ICL is gently inserted into the eye. Once inside, the ICL bends the light to focus it perfectly onto the retina, similar to how a contact lens works on the surface of the eye. Unlike traditional contact lenses, the ICL, made of biocompatible material, is positioned inside the eye between the iris (the colored part of the eye) and the natural lens, where it remains in place indefinitely without needing maintenance. However, the ICL can be removed in the future if necessary.
Because the Visian ICL is positioned between the iris and natural eye lens, the lens is invisible to both the patient and observers. The procedure is quick and painless, and patients can usually expect it to last 10 to 20 minutes.
In addition to correcting vision, the Visian ICL creates a barrier of UV protection. The collamer material that makes up our ICLs has unique properties that provide UV protection while allowing natural visible light to pass through unaltered for sharp and precise vision.
The EVO ICL – The Latest Generation of FDA-Approved Implantable Contact Lenses
After years of research and development, the FDA approved the EVO ICL lens in Spring of 2022. This latest iteration of the ICL technology allows us to remove a pre-surgical prep-step that was required in prior forms of the ICL procedure, resulting in a quicker procedure and added convenience for our ICL patients.
While the EVO procedure is newly approved in the US, more than 1 million EVO ICL procedures have been performed worldwide in recent years. Kugler Vision is one of the few practices in the United States to be involved in the clinical trials for the EVO ICL, and patient feedback has been phenomenal. We are thrilled that the EVO procedure has received FDA approval and can now be offered to Nebraskans who seek to improve their vision and eliminate the need for corrective eyewear.
For individuals who have thin corneas, high prescriptions or battle dry eye – even those with astigmatism – the EVO ICL procedure may be the solution to achieve the crisp, clear vision they desire.
Who Is a Good ICL Candidate?
Because the ICL procedure does not require any reshaping of the corneal surface, it is a good choice for patients with irregular corneas or corneas that are not able to have laser eye surgery. It is also a good option for patients who have astigmatism and are nearsighted beyond the range of treatment available with LASIK or PRK. However, the range of patients who qualify for and enthusiastically choose ICL is diverse and not limited to those with irregular or thin corneas!
ICL delivers the best optics of any vision correction procedure. These precision results, combined with the fact that ICL is reversible if desired, makes it an attractive option for many patients who simply want amazingly crisp, clear vision. ICL is also popular among those with visually demanding jobs and hobbies.
Get Clear Vision With ICL
- Excellent results – 99 percent satisfaction rate
- Over 1 million ICL procedures have been completed around the world
- Superb night vision
- Quick results – patients can achieve improved vision immediately following the procedure
- Great for thin corneas – many patients are not candidates for vision correction like LASIK because they have thin corneas, but now with ICL, they can have vision correction and leave behind the hassles of glasses and contacts.
- Great for astigmatism and high nearsightedness – ICL is able to correct and reduce nearsightedness (myopia) of up to -20D.
Find Out If ICL Is Right for You
The next step on your journey to clear vision without glasses or contacts is to schedule an EyeAnalysisTM at Kugler Vision.
Rest assured, the recovery for the Visian ICL is quick, and may be as little as one day. Patients typically experience minimal discomfort and typically go back to work the very next day. With more options available now than ever before for vision correction, you owe it to yourself to consult with the vision correction experts at Kugler Vision. Lance Kugler, MD will determine which procedure is right for your eyes.
Don’t just take our word for it…
Hear what ICL patients have to say about their life after the procedure. If you have any questions or want to find out more about ICL, please call us at 402.558.2211.
Phil’s ICL Story
Phil is a biologist who transformed his life with ICL. Watch his full ICL story below.
Sara’s ICL Story
Sara owns her own baking company. She transformed her life with ICL. Watch her full ICL story below.