WHAT IS AN IMPLANTABLE CONTACT LENS?
Implantable contact lenses, often shortened to ICL, are a long-lasting solution to correct a wide range of visual acuity issues for individuals who are not ideal candidates for LASIK or PRK. ICL may also be a wonderful alternative for any person who wants sharp, clear vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses. These implants are crafted with biocompatible materials that sync with your natural body chemistry, making them very well-tolerated by the eye. At Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX, our board-certified ophthalmologists offer Visian implanted contact lenses to our patients.
What Are The Benefits Of Implantable Contact Lenses?
ICLs (implantable contact lenses) at Focal Point Vision can help you achieve dramatically clearer vision with benefits like:
- Corrects a wide variety of vision issues
- Effective for those who are not candidates for LASIK and/or PRK
- Reduces the need for glasses and contacts
- Treatment is fast and easy
- Recovery is quick (24-hours)
- 20-year record of effectiveness and safety
Implantable Contact Lens Reviews
"In June of 2013 I got corrective eye surgery, the Visian ICL (Implantable Contact Lens). The staff and eye surgeon were very nice and very professional. I was and still am pleased with the results of the surgery. I have absolutely no complaints. These people have forever changed my life and I can never fully express my gratitude. Thank You Focal Point Vision - Beyond Lasik for every thing you have done for me."- B.L. / Facebook / Jun 19, 2015
"In June of 2013 I got corrective eye surgery, the Visian ICL (Implantable Contact Lens). The staff and eye surgeon were very nice and very professional. I was and still am pleased with the results of the… More surgery. I have absolutely no complaints. These people have forever changed my life and I can never fully express my gratitude. Thank You Focal Point Vision - Beyond Lasik for every thing you have done for me."- B.L. / Facebook / Jun 19, 2015
"Dr. Lehmann, Dr. Conner and Dr. Daughtry have all made a positive impact on my life with their help on my ICL surgery. I had an eye infection nine years ago that created scar tissue over my right eye’s cornea. When I first sought out LASIK doctors told me my eye was too fragile with its scar tissue; I was pretty disappointed that there may not be a way for me to get out of my glasses. I have been a dancer all my life and the change in my eye’s health changed the way I was able to dance and perform. It wasn’t until this past year that a doctor in Austin recommended Focal Point Vision for its surgeons, Dr. Lehmann and Dr. Maverick, and the ICL procedure. I went in for a few consultations before I was green-lit by Dr. Daughtry to meet with Dr. Lehmann, who performed my surgery. I am impressed by how well the entire team handled my scheduling and worked together to make sure I was informed and comfortable for the operation. I was filled with great relief when Dr. Lehmann told me I was a candidate for ICL after so many no’s on LASIK (understandably after I learned more about the two operations). While ICL could not ‘erase’ the scar tissue on my cornea, the operation has already brought a great improvement to my day to day life. The day of my surgery, Dr. Lehmann’s surgical techs, Holly, Gina, and Ashlea took great care of me before the surgery and I want to make sure to give them a shout out and thank you! They were all professional and inspiring in how well they treated me. The operation itself was short and easy. A few hours post-operation I met with Dr. Amy Conner. She blew me out of the water with her professionalism, empathy, and knowledge; Within minutes under her care I joked I was going to find a way to put her into my will for how great of a doctor she is. I will settle for naming my first born child after her (Kidding). A huge thank you to Dr. Amy Conner, I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for an informed doctor who leads with her knowledge and emotional intelligence. She took care of me on an intense day with swiftness and expertise. The evening of my operation Dr. Lehmann called me to check in. He knew the details of my follow up with Dr. Amy Conner and was there in case I needed anything. After the call I looked to my mom and said, “Holy cow. I bet he’s been up since 3 or 4am and just finished his day and still called me. Wow.” It was definitely above and beyond. I don’t expect my surgeon to give me a personal call - they are busy giving people new eyes! Still I felt like my operation was in the best hands it could have been. The day following my surgery I woke up feeling incredible. My mom could not believe how well I could see. I was even able to drive both myself and my mom home and have felt comfortable ever since. To anyone contemplating ICL, I cannot recommend this team enough. I am so grateful I can see now without my glasses. I have been through some tough times these last nine years with my vision. I have also had some pretty depressing eye doctor visits that left me feeling hopeless and some that misdiagnosed me in other clinics. I am so fortunate to have been able to visit Focal Point Vision. Thank you, FPV, for giving me my dancing freedom back without the stress of contacts or glasses. It means the world to me."- A.G. / Google / Jun 10, 2022
HOW ARE ICLS DONE?
Typically, patients with myopia or astigmatism who are are at least 21 years old, have a consistent eyeglass prescription, and are in good overall health could be great candidates for this treatment. At Focal Point Vision, ICL surgery takes only 30 minutes or less. Utilizing advanced laser technology, Drs. Maverick and Lehmann create a tiny opening in the eye to place your new lens, which is positioned behind the iris. After a healing period, you will notice an obvious improvement to your sight. Following their ICL surgery, many individuals enjoy clear, precise vision, often achieving 20/40 visual acuity or better.
Implantable Contact Lens FAQ
Does getting implantable contact lenses hurt?
No, not at all. Before we begin, we will numb your eyes with anesthetic drops to keep you comfortable during this quick, easy procedure.
Are implantable contact lenses (ICLs) permanent?
Yes, ICLs are a permanent, effective solution to correct your eyesight for sharper, clearer vision.
How long is the procedure to get implantable contact lenses?
The procedure is very quick, often only taking about 30 minutes to complete.
Will I have 20/20 vision after getting implantable contact lenses?
Many patients can achieve 20/20 vision with implantable contact lenses, with some even achieving 20/40 visual acuity or better.
How long is recovery after ICL surgery?
Most patients are able to return to their normal routine after about 24-hours.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR ICL?
Our board-certified ophthalmologists are thrilled to offer the most contemporary solutions to address our patients' unique vision concerns. Visian ICLs are a modern option for men and women who desire clear, precise vision without having to rely on glasses and contacts. Unlike regular contact lenses, implantable lenses do not have to be removed every night and soaked to preserve their function. To find out if you qualify for this innovative new treatment, reach out to Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX, and schedule your consultation.
Will I Have Cloudy Vision After Implantable Contact Lenses?
Implantable contact lenses will not trigger much eye blurriness at the start. The blurriness will resolve for optimal vision correction.Read
What's the Alternative to LASIK EYE Surgery if I Don't Qualify?
Some may not qualify for LASIK due to insufficient corneal tissue or other factors, but equally effective alternatives exist for all individuals.Read
How Do ICLs Differ From Regular Contact Lenses?
A long-lasting lens or ICL helps correct nearsightedness or high astigmatism.Read
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