The Top Pros and Cons to ICL Surgery

May 16, 2022


ICL, or implantable collamer lens, is an alternative to other refractive surgeries such as LASIK that is gaining in popularity. This specialized lens, similar to a contact lens, is inserted into the eye to provide long-term vision correction without removing any tissue. It is also an option for people who may not be candidates for other refractive surgeries such as LASIK or PRK. Below is a list of pros and cons to ICL to help you make an informed decision if you are considering getting this surgery.


1. Removes the Need for Glasses

Glasses or contact lenses can be a hassle and only work as long as you are wearing them. ICL is a permanent solution to poor vision caused by conditions such as myopia or astigmatism.

2. Safe and Effective

ICLs have been in use for over 20 years and have proven to be a very safe surgery with few potential complications. Unlike LASIK or PRK, ICLs also have the option to be changed out if your eye prescription changes after surgery. You should always talk with your eye doctor about what potential side effects you may encounter after surgery.

3. Invisible Vision Correction

Unlike glasses, ICLs are virtually invisible. And unlike contact lenses, you never have to worry about taking something out or keeping it clean.


1. Only Available Through a Few Surgeons

Although ICLs are gaining in popularity, they are still not offered through all major eye clinics so it can be difficult to find a qualified surgeon. Fortunately, Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology is one of the surgery centers that does offer it.

2. More Expensive

Because of the additional costs that surgeons have to pay for the lens and equipment necessary for ICL, the cost for the patient is higher than with LASIK or PRK. However, most patients find that the cost of the procedure is easily outweighed by the benefits they get.

3. More Post-Operative Care

Because the ICL is implanted into the eye, you will usually have more post-op appointments with your doctor after the procedure than you might have with LASIK or PRK. Luckily, these post-ops are included in the price that you pay for the procedure itself.

Make an Appointment

If you would like to see if ICL would be right for you, schedule a consultation today at Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology by calling (703) 534-4393 or requesting your appointment online.

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