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.
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"If your top priority in choosing where to go for vision correction surgery is quality of care, Dr. Waite unequivocally provides the highest standard of care. Not only is he a top-notch surgeon to whom other surgeons refer, he and his staff are all conscientious, kind, and committed to provided an outstanding personalized patient experience. And if you've been told you're not a candidate, he won't just send you away and call "next" - he'll spend time considering all your options and explaining the factors involved so that you feel your needs matter. I just had my first experience traveling contact lens and glasses free since my refractive lens exchange, and it was so freeing! Why are we all spending so much money and effort fussing with crutches and bandaids when it's so easy to fix the problem? And if you're going to have vision correction surgery, you want the best, this is not something you want to shop for discounts on. Thank you Waite Vision for setting the bar of patient care so high!"- S.K. / Yelp / Dec 07, 2018
"BEST DECISION I’VE EVER MADE! I have been thinking about getting lasik done forever and right when they opened up by me I ran in for a consultation and have never been so excited! I scheduled my appt and threw all my contacts away! I suggest this to anyone who has contacts! It’s life changing and best decision!"- M.A. / Google / Dec 04, 2018
"Working with Dr. Waite and his staff was a wonderful experience start to finish! A highly professional office and a pleasant life changing experience! I am thrilled with my new perfect vision!"- C.J. / Google / Dec 04, 2018
"I did my research for an entire year before choosing Waite Vision. While they make vision correction extremely affordable, they do not provide cheap LASIK here, nor do they offer free consults. Some may not like it, but that was very a reassuring thing to me. Even my mechanic charges for a diagnostic. My advice, if you want to take it, is to do your research. You wouldn't "Groupon" your brain surgery, just like you wouldn't buy that 20% OFF parachute. Don't seek out a freebie and cut corners when it comes to your precious eyes.As for the experience, I felt confident and in control the entire time. The staff played my favorite soundtrack in the background. I've got to say, putting on contacts feels infinitely more invasive to me. I'm serious. I just can't do it. My wife always gives me a hard time because I need to blink and can't seem to relax my eyes. And yet, incredibly enough, Dr. Waite was able to keep me calm and relaxed during the procedure, which by the way, wasn't painful. Full disclosure, you can certainly tell your eyes are being worked on, but aside from feeling like you have a tiny eyelash in your eyes during the procedure, the entire process was fast and painless. In less than 20 minutes, I received the gift of visual freedom. If you could see what I see, you wouldn’t think twice about it, I promise you. I was able to see clearly that very same night, and even walked my dog out for half an hour. I could finally notice the small details on something I would've taken for granted with my glasses before, the leaves on the trees. It was mind-blowing. I'm sitting at 20/15, I have better than normal vision now. I can only describe it as superhero-like vision.I can attest that Dr. Waite is not only a published author and innovator in his industry, but he is also a compassionate, world-class eye surgeon who empathizes with his patients. Many other doctors are simply unable to connect with you at a personal level due to the way they've designed their practice or the number of people they are trying to get through the door. That is not the case with Waite Vision. When they say you'll feel like a VIP, they mean it. The place feels like a luxurious Spa in the setting of a high-touch environment. But at the end of the day, not even the fanciest of settings is complete without a solid team. Dr. Waite and his team are by far the nicest, most professional people you will ever meet as far as vision correction goes. I wholeheartedly recommend Waite Vision to anyone who is entertaining the idea of having better-than-ever vision, not only for LASIK but for the full spectrum of vision correction. I certainly can't wait to bring my Dad in from Ecuador to help him get rid of his readers forever!By the way, this photo was taken just 5 minutes after the procedure!"- F.L. / Google / Nov 29, 2018
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.