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.
"In January I found out i had cataracts, & they made my vision pretty bad. Everything was blurry, even wearing my glasses didn’t help. In February I went into Waite vision for a consultation & had both my eyes checked. I was able to have cataract surgery on both my eyes. It has made a tremendous difference in how I can see. My vision is better now, than it ever has been. The staff & Dr Waite are so personable, & treat you like family. Dr Waite explained the whole process of my cataract surgery, while he was doing it. He made me feel comfortable during the whole procedure. I would highly recommend going to Waite vision."- I.S. / Google / Apr 20, 2019
"Went to Dr. Waite for kerataconus, his staff is extremely friendly and its not the typical dull office feeling you get when visiting a doctor. I had epi-off cross linking done on both eyes, the procedure itself is completely painless and recovery although painful is manageable. My vision was back to usable within a week and back to how it was prior to the procedure within a month. If you are considering getting cross linking done or have been recently diagnosed with kerataconus I would highly recommend Waite Vision."- K.W. / Google / Apr 18, 2019
"My vision was not well enough to read without wearing a pair of reading glasses. I had my vision screened for lasik correction and was not a candidate. Two years later, I had a vision screening at Waite Vision and learned that my vision could be improved with a refractive lens exchange (RLE) surgery. I had my vision corrected and now I am able to see without ever putting on a pair of reading glasses! I received incredible care by Dr. Waite and his staff. I am so grateful to Dr. Waite to be able to see clearly. My results are better than I expected. I rate Dr. Waite five star for his skill, knowledge, and great professionalism."- K.M. / Google / Apr 15, 2019
"I absolutely love love love! Waite Vision and I am so happy I decided to go see Dr. Waite. When I decided to go get laser correction they had told me I was not a candidate where I had previously gone, but then I heard of Waite vision and decided to go give it a try and I do not regret it one bit! Dr. Waite took care of me vision and now I am seeing better than I hoped, I highly recommend Waite vision to anyone!"- A.A. / Google / Apr 12, 2019
"Spectacular!I am so pleased with the results of my recent surgery. No more multiple back-up readers, wondering where I set them down, etc. etc.My biggest problem was remembering I didn't need to put my readers on (or find them) when I sat down at a computer or picked up my phone or q book! I can order dinner at a restaurant once again, without dredging the readers out, which I could not do at most places before.Dr. Waite and his staff are professional and courteous but beyond that knowledgeable and highly skilled. This is an amazing procedure I would highly recommend through Waite Vision."- C.S. / Google / Apr 11, 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.