Find the Answers to All Your Questions

At Kugler Vision in Omaha, Nebraska, we specialize in improving vision at all distances: far, intermediate, and near. You deserve your best possible vision, and our customized solutions are tailored to meet your visual needs. Below are a few of the most frequently asked questions we hear concerning the Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) procedure.

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The Implantable Collamer Lens for nearsightedness is a refractive lens also known as a phakic IOL. “Phakic” meaning that the natural lens of the eye remains in place, and “IOL” meaning intraocular lens, or a lens inside the eye. The Visian ICL is a posterior chamber implant that is inserted through a small incision in the eye behind the iris, and in front of the natural crystalline lens to correct your nearsightedness.

The Visian Toric ICL is made of collamer, a technologically-advanced lens material, and works alongside the natural physiology of the eye. The design of the lens is soft and flexible, operating in harmony with the eye to provide a quality of vision that’s difficult to match. Vision correction for both nearsightedness and astigmatism is incorporated into a single lens, ultimately yielding a simplified lifestyle and excellent visual outcomes.

The ICL procedure has been available internationally for 15 years. Today, over 1 million ICL’s have been implanted worldwide with a 99 percent patient satisfaction rate.

The ICL is designed for the correction of moderate-to-high nearsightedness and astigmatism. ICL represents an alternative to other refractive surgeries such as LASIK, SMILE, and PRK.

Yes. The Visian ICL is intended to remain in place without maintenance. However, the Visian ICL can be removed if needed.

No. The Visian ICL is positioned behind the iris, where it is invisible to both you and others. Only an eye doctor will be able to tell that you have had an ICL vision correction procedure.

ICL is not noticeable after it is implanted. It does not attach to any structures within the eye and does not move around.

ICL surgery is performed on an outpatient basis which means the patient has surgery and leaves the same day. The procedure itself usually takes 20 minutes or less. You will need someone to drive you home on surgery day.

At Kugler Vision, we use numbing drops to keep you comfortable during the procedure. There can be some slight sensation of pressure during the procedure, but overall, patients say, “That was easier than a visit to my dentist.”

Upon your consultation with Lance Kugler, MD, or Mike Stuntz, MD, we will provide you with the cost of the procedure, financing options, and payment plans. ICL is eligible for Flex Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).  

LASIK is a procedure that uses a laser to change the shape of the surface of the eye. The ICL does not change the shape of the eye. The ICL is implanted inside the eye and works alongside the natural structures of the eye to achieve clear vision without glasses or contact lenses.

No. Patients who get dry eyes from traditional contact lenses may be ideally suited for ICL since you cannot feel this lens. ICL is designed to remain in place and inside your eye, without maintenance. After the ICL is implanted, a routine, annual visit with your eye doctor is recommended, just as it is for all people to maintain eye health.

Most patients take one to two days off work. Patients can typically drive and go back to work the day after the follow-up exam, which is the next day after the procedure.

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If you have been told that you are not a good candidate for LASIK and would like to find out if you’re a good ICL candidate, schedule an EyeAnalysis consultation at Kugler Vision. Please contact us at 402.558.2211 or schedule online here.