A comprehensive, dilated examination is the only way to know which vision-correction procedure is best for you. We do this at no charge because we believe so strongly in giving patients all the information necessary to make the right treatment choice. While your exam involves comprehensive diagnostic testing, it is also our opportunity to learn more about you, your expectations, and your lifestyle. All of these factors play an important role in recommending the best procedure for you:
The complete exam can take up to 90 minutes. After all the data is collected, our doctor will examine you, discuss the treatment recommendation, and answer any questions you have. Your visit will include dilation of your pupils, which will affect your eyesight for about 4-6 hours, as you may have experienced with a routine eye exam.
In preparation for the ICL, a separate appointment is scheduled to accomplish three main objectives: We carefully repeat the refraction, or measurements of your prescription after your contacts have been out of your eyes for the prescribed amount of time, and without any drops in your eyes, so that we get the most accurate lens for your eye.
We measure the diameter of your cornea with an additional method.
Your surgeon will perform a laser iridotomy to ensure that fluid flows through your eye normally. This laser takes only milliseconds per eye, and is described by many as feeling like a rubber band snap.
Day of Procedure
On the day of your procedure, we will instill many medicated drops in your eyes to prepare you for the implant. The implant itself takes less than 10 minutes per eye, with about 20 minutes between eyes to prep the operating room.
The procedure is painless, although most people are initially uncomfortable with the bright light of the microscope. There is also numbing medicine that will sting for about ten seconds until it takes effect. Your surgeon will let you know what you’ll see and feel.
Your vision will be very blurry and foggy after the procedure due to the many drops, surgery, and bright lights.
We will need to check the pressure in your eyes about two hours after completion. You are welcome to stay in the office, or leave and return after two hours. We will review the medications and plan on seeing you the following day. You may experience some mild grittiness, but not pain. If you feel nauseated, vomit, have intense pain, or sudden decrease in vision, let us know immediately. The following day, your vision will be much better, but still somewhat foggy, and maybe mildly scratchy.