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.
"Dr. Waite and his staff are absolutely amazing! Best experience I could have hoped for! I am seeing better than 20/20 after just a couple days now. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone who is thinking about getting LASIK. They were so caring and professional, and really walk you through things the entire way. They answered all my questions and concerns, and explained things thoroughly to where the nerves were calmed and was just total excitement to leave the glasses behind!! Thank you guys, super grateful!"- J.S. / Google / Feb 02, 2019
"I have had astigmatism and needed glasses for roughly twenty years. My experience here was wonderful, and Doctor Waite and his team were a pleasure to get to know. The procedure was quick, painless, and I can see better now without my glasses than I ever could with. I am extremely pleased. Well worth it. ??"- S.R. / Google / Jan 29, 2019
"Very impressed with Dr. Waite and his staff. All were very professional and polite. They helped me go from seeing 20/100 to 20/15 with LASIK. Needless to say, I’m very pleased with my results."- E.B. / Google / Jan 29, 2019
"I have had severe amblyopia in my left eye since childhood and came to Dr Waite to see if lasik in that eye could help. His office has more progressive technology for testing than any other eye doctor I have ever seen. The tests were also a lot more comfortable than anything I’ve had before. What I really appreciated about Dr Waite was his open and upfront evaluation. He told me of two patients that had remarkably improved vision to their amblyopia but also advised me that mine had a much higher risk of showing no improvement. I felt good about it and went ahead. What surprised me the most is that my good eye went from 20/15 to 20/10 vision in just one month. I didn’t expect surgery in one eye to help improve the other! My facial recognition improved remarkably as well, and color and light are so much brighter in the eye with ambliopia. I’m excited to see how things continue to improve over the next year! Add all of that to the spa-like, framily experience all of the staff creates; I wouldn’t go anywhere else. This is absolutely the place to go if you want a deep and meaningful experience."- A.W. / Google / Jan 29, 2019
"Impressive office and staff! From day one Dr. Waite’s staff was prompt in responding to my referral, friendly, and professional. My initial consultation and following cross linking procedure from Dr. Waite was done with compassion and the highest skill set I’ve experienced. After my procedure I was fully “pampered” with recovery tools and clear instructions. To top it Dr. Waite provided unmatched white glove treatment by checking in with me daily and then weekly post procedure. If Google allowed 10 stars I would give them!"- D.K. / Google / Jan 18, 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.