Implantable Contact Lenses

Modern ICL Surgery

Dr. Sharpe has performed more Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) procedures than anyone in Washington! And now that the EVO Visian ICL has been approved by the FDA, SharpeVision is proud to be one of the first clinics to offer this advanced lens technology. Come in and see how this fifteen-minute procedure will improve your vision for the rest of your life.

Welcome to the future of ICLs!

ICL stands for implantable collamer lens. The Visian® ICL™ is made of collamer, which works in harmony with your natural eye, and is implanted into the eye to correct moderate to severe nearsightedness, with or without astigmatism. Visian ICL is an advanced vision-correction option that is growing in popularity with more than 1 million lenses implanted worldwide since it was approved in 2005, with a 99% satisfaction rate.


If you are over the age of 21 and extremely nearsighted, you may be a candidate for the Visian ICL. This procedure is able to treat a range of patients from low to extremely high refractive errors (-3 to -15 diopters) and is especially beneficial to those with thin corneas. It is preferable that the patient has not undergone any ophthalmic surgery and does not have a history of eye disease such as iritis, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy. We always perform a complete eye examination as part of our free vision consultation to determine the best vision-correction option for you.

Seattle-Bellevue ICL


The Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) is made of 100% biocompatible collagen copolymer that provides UV protection and permanent vision correction. Additionally, the Visian ICL procedure does not permanently alter the shape of your cornea. There is no maintenance associated with the lens, and it is intended to remain in place as long as you are satisfied with your vision. If for any reason it needed to be removed, it can be. The Visian ICL procedure is an outpatient procedure that generally takes 15 minutes per eye. Prior to the procedure you will receive numbing drops. We will create a painless 3 mm incision to insert the folded lens into the eye. Once the lens is inside the eye, it unfolds, is positioned, and the procedure is complete. Patients usually experience an immediate improvement in vision, although the vision will improve for days to weeks afterward.

Austin ICL


The Visian ICL is positioned behind the iris (the colored part of the eye) where it is invisible to both you and others. It’s designed to be completely inert after it is implanted. It stays in position by itself and does not interact with any of the structures of the eye, so you are not aware that it’s there except that you see clearly without glasses or contacts. The Visian ICL received approval from the FDA in 2005 for a wide range of myopic (nearsightedness) correction needs. Although the lens is intended to remain in place permanently, a surgeon can remove the implant if necessary. And because your cornea is in its natural state, you’re able to pursue other vision-correction options if needed.

Chicago ICL

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Are you eligible?

If you are over the age of 21 and are extremely nearsighted or have thin corneas, you may be a candidate for the Visian ICL. There are some conditions that exclude certain patients. Take the quiz to see if ICL is right for you.

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McKenzie- Ophthalmic Technician — Austin Team

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What to Expect

MODERN ICL: Start to Finish

Comprehensive Exam

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.

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