Why would I choose to have an ICL procedure over LASIK or PRK By Kristina Oneill on October 16, 2013


I have been told LASIK is not an option for me, due to a high prescription and thin corneas. My doctor told me that Visian™ ICL's would be the best option for me. I started to do my research and found that one eye surgeon gave me a quote of $3850 per eye for the ICL and she would do the ICL's about a week apart. Another doctor said it would be $5450 for both eyes, and he would do both eyes at the same time. All of his reviews (except for one) have been great and it appears he has done many ICL’s. What am I missing? Why is one so much more inexpensive than the other? According to


Some of the premium benefits of the Visian ICL include:

  1. High Definition Vision: Vision that is sharper, clearer and more vivid than other procedures. When compared to other corneal refractive procedures, like LASIK, the Visian ICL may produce more crisp and clearer vision as evidenced by fewer higher order aberrations.1
  1. Permanent yet Removable: One of the most common concerns people have about LASIK is that the procedure permanently changes the eye. One of the important advantages of the Visian ICL is that while it can permanently correct your vision, in the unlikely event that an ICL patient experiences negative side effects after surgery, the lens can be removed and/or replaced if necessary.
  2. Instant Visual Improvement: After the simple 15-minute outpatient procedure, patients experience an immediate improvement in vision quality and are “Wowed” by the results. The recovery for the Visian ICL is quick and pain-free, and may be as little as one day.
  3. Flexibility for the Future: While Lasik involves cutting and removing eye tissue that cannot be replaced, concerns involving the cornea typically do not apply to the Visian ICL. In fact, no natural corneal tissue is permanently removed or reshaped in any way during implantation of the Visian ICL leaving you open and flexible for future vision procedures.
  4. UV Protection: Long-term exposure to UV radiation can damage the eyes; and longer term or more intense exposure increases the chance of eye disorders including the development of cataracts and some retinal problems. As an added feature, the Visian ICL
  5. advanced lens material contains a UV blocker that actually prevents harmful UV rays from entering the eye.


When you are beginning to consider a refractive procedure and its costs, it’s important to think about the costs associated with continued use of glasses and contact lenses. The dollar amounts over the long haul will  surprise you.

You can learn more from Visians website listed below:See more at: http://visianinfo.com/about-visian-icl

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