ICL Surgery Austin

Modern Implantable Contact Lens Surgery

Our SharpeVision Austin team of eye experts is bringing custom all-laser ICL surgery paired with the most modern technology and techniques to everyone. The EVO Visian ICL is now approved for use by the FDA. SharpeVision is proud to be one of the first clinics to offer this advanced lens technology to our patients!

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Welcome to the future of ICL Surgery in Austin

Is the ICL procedure right for you? In most cases, yes! While not everyone can safely have implantable lenses, many of the patients we see are great candidates for IC. And because we utilize the latest techniques and technology, we’re able to treat many patients who weren’t candidates in the past. So if you’ve been told that you aren’t a candidate for ICL, you very likely could be at now at SharpeVision.

Personalization

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.

Precision

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.

Performance

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.

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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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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.

Testimonials

The whole process was smooth and efficient and pleasant from the first call to the check up a month after the procedure. Love the lifetime guarantee as well.

Laura — Austin

SharpeVision provided me the best once-of-a-lifetime experience. Their staff is super friendly and I never once felt unwelcome. I totally recommend these guys.

Jonah — Austin

From start to finish SharpeVision was professional, kind, informative, and beyond expectations. The staff is amazing and the doctors are incredibly knowledgeable.

Jillian — Austin

My experience with SharpeVision was exceptional. The staff was very friendly and helpful throughout the entire process.

Amy — Austin

Getting LASIK at SharpeVision was the best decision! If you are considering LASIK you need to do it here!

Julia — Austin

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FAQs

You have Questions.
 We have Answers.

No, the laser can’t burn a hole in your eye. But it’s a good question. Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions at SharpeVision. Some of them may surprise you!

  • Which insurance plans cover some or all of the cost of laser eye surgery?

    Most insurance/vision plans do not pay towards LASIK or PRK, but it it doesn’t hurt to check with your insurance carrier or health benefits administrator before coming in for your exam. A few forward-thinking companies are now paying for their employees’ LASIK including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Zillow in Seattle.

  • What are the risks involved with laser eye surgery?

    The most common risk with laser eye surgery is developing blur due to dry eyes or needing more laser, due to residual prescription. Experiencing blur in the first weeks to several months post-operatively is almost always one of two things: dry eyes- which almost everyone has temporarily to some degree and blurs vision intermittently, but is temporary; and residual prescription that will require a little more laser to improve clarity. Less than 2% of all patients in our practice end up needing more laser. The risk of needing more laser increases in our older patients (over 45 years old) and with higher degrees of astigmatism and nearsightedness (over -6 diopters of nearsightedness and over -1.5 diopters of astigmatism). In terms of infection, the risks of laser vision correction are lower than wearing contact lenses. And after the surgery, your chances of infection over you lifetime go down even lower since you are no longer putting contacts in your eyes.

  • Can you tell if I’m a candidate for laser eye surgery by looking at the prescription from my optometrist?

    No, not just by looking at your prescription. Your general optometrist measures your prescription and level of astigmatism for glasses and contacts and can refer you to a LASIK provider, but they cannot confirm if you will be a candidate for laser eye surgeryTo know if you are a candidate, you need to have a complete eye exam at a LASIK provider. At SharpeVision, we use highly specific equipment to topographically map the surface of  your eyes and get multiple prescription measurements, among other things. Our refractive surgeon-trained optometrists will then discuss all the results with you and determine if you are a candidate for LASIK.

  • Can I schedule my surgery online?

    We currently don’t have an option to book your surgery online. If you have already been approved as a candidate for laser eye surgery, please call us to schedule your surgery. If you have not yet had your free eye exam and consultation, you can book that online by clicking the “Book an Appointment” button at the bottom of this page.

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Permanent Contact lenses Alternatives

What If I Don’t Qualify?

If you happen to fall in that small percentage of patients for whom LASIK is not the best option, there is still hope! You can get rid of your glasses and contacts with alternative laser vision correction techniques.

LASIK

Three minutes and a zap of a laser is all it takes to get 20/20 or better vision for good.

LASIK

PRK

Just like LASIK, but with a twist. Best for those with thinner corneas.

PRK

Monovision

Involves one eye corrected for distance vision and the other corrected for near vision.

Monovision

Refractive Lens Exchange

Exchange the high prescription lens in your eye with a new 20/20 lens.

RLE

Cataract Removal Surgery

Laser-asssisted removal of a cloudy lens that’s replaced with a new lens. See like you did when you were young.

Cataract

ICL Implants

Goodbye Glasses

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