ICLs or implantable collamer lenses are flexible lenses designed specifically to fit inside the eye behind the iris and correct nearsightedness. They are safe, effective and give a phenomenal visual result. ICLs can give better vision than LASIK in patients with very high prescriptions. For patients who are very nearsighted, this may be the best option for vision correction. Waite Vision's founder and board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Aaron Waite, often utilizes this surgery to repair refractive vision errors as the results are immediate and long-lasting. ICLs are surgically removable and can be replaced or switched if needed. Currently, in the US, ICLs are FDA-approved to treat nearsightedness only. To find out if you are a candidate for ICLs, schedule a consultation with Dr. Waite at our Lehi, UT facility at your earliest convenience.
We use the Visian ICL (implantable collamer lens) at Waite Vision. The ICL is placed in the posterior chamber, behind the iris and does not require the natural lens to be removed. This procedure is recognized as an alternative to corneal refractive surgeries like LASIK.
"There isn't a better office to go get your eyes checked! The office is beautiful! Marble stone and crystalline light fixtures and accents. The waiting room looks over the valley, it's an absolutely stunning view! It is very comfortable, will put you at ease! The whole staff is wonderful. Very informative. Listens to questions and hears out concerns. They have every machine imaginable, high quality pieces. I never felt in pain like with some experiences I've had in the past. The odd thing though is all the different rooms you go to for each machine. It's like an assembly line. I was taken to like 4 different rooms in one visit. Kinda cool, loads of pace but I just chuckled at how many places I got up to go to. It's not detrimental, just funny. But here's the real kicker, I didn't realize how little my insurance would cover my visits and they discounted my visit because they thought my insurance was crazy. I didn't even ask, they just did it and told me I was gonna get a new bill! Go to Waite vision, your eyes will and peace of mind will thank you! Thanks Waite vision!"- M.S. / Yelp / Mar 30, 2019
"I am 25 years old, and I was born with cataracts. My entire life I've had trouble seeing things the same as others, especially when doing things outside. I always had to wear dark sunglasses, and even then, my vision was extremely impaired. It was beginning to be a handicap to me, so I was recommended to Dr. Waite by my optometrist. The first day we walked into the office, I was incredibly impressed. The facility is incredible. It's clean and professional and instantly gave me some peace of mind. Dr. Waite is a very nice guy, and he seems extremely knowledgable and confident in his profession. He recommended I have cataract surgery on my worst eye first to replace my old lens with a multifocal lens. After much consideration, I decided to go through with it.It's now the day after my surgery, and I cannot believe HOW WELL I CAN SEE! My experience with Dr. Waite was great, and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking help with cataracts. The surgery was painless, and I haven't had any pain afterward either. I'm grateful to Dr. Waite and his staff for making my experience comfortable and for ultimately improving my vision ten fold!"- H.D. / Google / Mar 29, 2019
"I had the honor of being seen at Waite Vision just the other day. I must say that I am highly impressed! What a stunning, classy, beautiful facility. Also, Dr. Waite and his staff are amazing! I felt so comfortable. And, all of my questions were answered. This is truly a state of the art entity! I was told that their surgical procedures are preformed on site. The surgical room is incredible. Everything is! A feast for the eyes! How fitting!!!"- J.H. / Google / Mar 22, 2019
"Dr Waite was able to diagnose and fix my mom's eyes at the first office visit. He was also able to remove a cataract and give me 20/20 vision again. The office is beautiful and well equipped. The staff is very friendly and professional. I would highly recommend Waite Vision."- A.L. / Google / Mar 22, 2019
"I have nothing but great things to say about Waite vision. I was referred here in an emergency situation and the staff was always friendly and welcoming. From my initial visit to now I had PRK performed by Dr. Waite. During the recovery from the surgery the office has been available as a simple text message away; I am excited to share my vision is better than ever! I have loved every minute of my interactions with this office and would recommend Waite vision to anyone."- N.K. / Google / Mar 21, 2019
Candidates for ICLs are between the ages of 21 – 45 years old with a stable correction. Patients with moderate to severe nearsightedness are the most ideal candidates for this procedure. Having a history of eye surgeries or eye diseases, such as glaucoma, iritis, or diabetic retinopathy, may disqualify you from implantable contact lens surgery.
The implantable contact lens procedure is an outpatient procedure under a light, topical or local anesthetic. Prior to the procedure, a peripheral irridotomy is performed in the office to alleviate any build-up of pressure within the eye. On the day of the procedure, a small incision is created at the base of the eye. The lens is folded, inserted through the incision and positioned in the eye. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and the results are almost immediate.
What to Expect
Once your procedure is finished and you are discharged from outpatient surgery, your vision will continue to improve over the next 48 hours as your eyes heal. You should be able to return to most of your daily activities quickly. Do not rub your eyes for 3 – 5 following your procedure. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled with Waite Vision soon after your procedure so that Dr. Waite can verify that you are healing properly.
Think of the value of waking up in the morning, seeing your alarm clock clearly and conquering the day without the continual need to search for your glasses. The benefits of implant contact lenses are endless. The value offered by this procedure is much greater than the dollar amount invested. The one-time cost of implant contact lenses is far less than the cumulative recurring expense of glasses or contact lenses, and you’re making that investment in yourself. You’ll immediately discover the significant improvement in the quality of your life when you’re free of glasses or contacts.
Waite Vision will gladly check with your insurance company to determine your coverage, however, ICLs are often considered elective. Our support staff can assist you in improving the quality of your life by accepting major credit cards and health savings accounts (HSAs). We also offer easy financing plans starting as low as $99 per month. Ask a team member to learn more about the multiple payment options available.
Improved Vision, Better Life
If you would like an alternative to LASIK, laser vision correction procedures, eyeglasses, or contact lenses, discuss your options with Dr. Aaron Waite at Waite Vision. Reduce the impact of your nearsightedness with an implantable contact lens and significantly improve your vision. Call to request an appointment today. Located in Lehi, UT, we proudly serve the greater northern Utah region and look forward to working with you.