ICL – Implantable Contact Lens

For patients seeking vision correction who have been told that laser vision correction isn’t a good option, there may be a better solution.  Factors such as a large refractive error, dry eyes, unusual corneal shape, and thin corneas determine which procedure is appropriate for a particular patient.  The good news is Gordon-Weiss-Schanzlin Vision Institute, a fully accredited surgical facility, has an option that will offer you exceptional quality vision!  It’s called the Implantable Contact Lens (ICL), also known as a Refractive Lens Implant (RLI).

What is an Implantable Contact Lens?

Lens implants have been in use worldwide for over two decades and are considered a safe and effective solution for those who are dissatisfied with the limitations of glasses and contact lenses and whose vision correction needs fall outside accepted parameters for laser vision correction.
The lenses used for this procedure are similar to small contact lenses that, instead of sitting on the surface of the eye, are placed inside the eye. These lenses are composed of biocompatible materials which provide excellent optical clarity. Once in place, the lens cannot be felt, cannot be seen by the naked eye and requires no maintenance other than a routine, annual visit to your eye doctor.

Am I a good candidate for the Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)?

General requirements for good candidates are those who:

  1. Are over the age of 21.
  2. Have had an unchanging vision correction prescription for at least six months.
  3. Have mild, moderate or severe nearsightedness (myopia).
  4. Are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
  5. No evidence of cataract.
  6. Have normal eye exams.

The Procedure

Implantable contact lens surgery is a painless procedure and vision improvements usually appear immediately after completion.  Prior to the procedure you will be given a mild sedative to help reduce anxiety and anesthetic eye drops will be placed in your eye.  The lens is then inserted through a microscopic incision and placed into position in front of your natural lens.  After a brief recovery period you will be allowed to leave our facility.

A follow-up visit will be required within 24 hours of your surgery.  During the recovery period you will be instructed to use eye drops and protective eye shields in order to protect your eye as it heals.

Due to the sensitive nature of your eyes, ICL surgery may be performed on one eye at a time typically one week apart.  After 8 to 12 weeks a laser eye surgery procedure may be recommended in order to correct astigmatism or fine tune the results of your lens procedure.

How much does it cost?

Lens implant surgery is a sophisticated procedure that your surgeon has recommended because it’s in your best interest medically.  Due to the cost of the lenses and staffing requirements, implantable contact lens procedures are customarily more expensive than other laser vision correction options. Therefore, we are pleased to offer many payment and financing options in order to make your procedure affordable.

What are some advantages of a refractive lens implant?

There are many unique advantages to the refractive lens implant, including:

  1. The implantable contact lens provides exceptional quality of vision with predictable and stable results.
  2. Once implanted by your surgeon no maintenance is required.
  3. The lenses correct a wide range of nearsightedness and are removable if necessary.
  4. The procedure is proven to be safe with exceptionally high success rates.

Experience you can trust!

Michael Gordon, M.D., Jack L. Weiss, M.D. and David J. Schanzlin, M.D. are among the most experienced and well-trained surgeons in the world with over 70 years of combined experience. Together they have performed thousands of surgical and laser vision correction procedures and continue to lead the way.

Gordon-Weiss-Schanzlin Vision Institute, a fixture in San Diego for 15 years, is a unique eye care practice comprised of surgeons who have a wide-range of eye care expertise, who hold themselves to the strictest of standards, and who place great emphasis on patient safety and satisfaction.  As a result of these high standards, we have received certification from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).  We are San Diego’s first ambulatory surgery center dedicated to lens implant surgery and the only institute in San Diego with AAAHC accreditation.