How Do ICLs Differ From Regular Contact Lenses?

Implantable contact lenses (ICLs) correct different visual acuity problems for patients in San Antonio, TX who are not candidates for LASIK or PRK surgery. This gives you the chance to have clear and sharp vision with these surgically-implanted contact lenses at Focal Point Vision. Best of all, you won’t need glasses or any vision correction after surgery. These contact lenses are made of biocompatible materials that are comfortable in your eyes.

Who is an ideal candidate for ICL surgery?

Our board-certified ophthalmologists offer consultations to determine if a patient is a candidate for this eye surgery. The best candidates for implantable contact lenses are 21 years or older and:

  • Have a consistent eyeglass prescription

  • Are in good health

  • Have either myopia or astigmatism

Difference between ICLs and regular contact lenses

Our team is proud to offer this contemporary way to address our patients’ vision concerns in San Antonio, TX. At our office, we offer Visian implanted contact lenses. Visian ICLs are a safe and effective way for men and women to get clear vision without needing contacts or glasses after surgery. Unlike regular contact lenses, these are not removed from the eyes. Many of our patients who suffer from dry eyes with regular contact lenses also mention their eyes feel much better after receiving implantable contact lenses. Best of all, ICLs are maintenance-free, so you don’t have to clean them at all. Also, if necessary, ICL surgery is reversible, and it can be either removed or replaced.

How is ICL surgery performed?

At Focal Point Vision, ICL surgery takes a half-hour or less at our San Antonio, TX eye center. We use advanced laser technology to create a tiny opening in the eye to place this new lens. This is positioned behind your iris. After a healing process, you will begin to notice an obvious improvement in your vision. Following ICL surgery, most of our patients enjoy precise, sharp vision, some even achieving 20/40 or better.

Recovery after ICL surgery

After ICL surgery, we will prescribe anti-inflammatories and antibiotic eye drops, which help prevent infection. It’s important that you avoid putting pressure on your eyes, whether from massaging, rubbing, or straining during your recovery time. Ultimately, recovery after ICL surgery is minimal due to the small incision and the short time spent working on your eyes.

You will need to schedule a follow-up appointment at our San Antonio, TX office to meet with our team for your post-surgical assessment. We also schedule one month and six-month check-ins to track your progress after eye surgery.

Learn how implantable contact lenses correct vision

At Focal Point Vision, our board-certified ophthalmologists offer different solutions for improving our patients’ visual acuity. Visian ICLs are an effective way to help treat high astigmatism or nearsightedness. When you’re looking for a safe and effective way to improve your vision, contact our office in San Antonio, TX to schedule a consultation to learn if you’re a candidate for implantable contact lenses.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.