For patients with more than -6.00 diopters of nearsightedness, we usually recommend ICL instead of LASIK. ICL is a lens implanted between the natural lens and the iris of the eye and it contains your prescription so you don’t have to wear glasses or contact lenses after. It also corrects for astigmatism. If you’re over 43 years old, you would need reading glasses if both eyes are corrected for distance.
The ICL remains in the eye for a lifetime, unless you develop cataracts or for some reason the implant needs to be removed. The result is immediate and recovery is quick. Vision results are generally superior to LASIK. ICL costs about $6000.00 for both eyes. Post-op visits are one day, one week, one month, 3 months, 6 months, and yearly. ICL is great for people with dry eyes or many people who are not ideal candidates for LASIK.