Implantable Lenses

Not a LASIK Candidate? Ask About Implantable Contact Lenses.

For those who have a strong glasses prescription or thin corneas, LASIK may not an option. In these cases, implantable contact lenses can be an effective alternative to help you achieve clear distance vision with more freedom from glasses.

Implantable contact lenses (ICLs) are similar to the intraocular lenses (IOLs) used in cataract surgery to replace the clouded natural lens, with one important difference. Implantable lenses work WITH the natural lens instead of replacing it. The natural lens is not removed.

Implantable contact lenses are...

  • Designed to stay in place permanently (but can be removed if the patient’s needs change)
  • Invisible to you and observers
  • Made of highly biocompatible materials
  • Maintenance-free

Implantable Collamer Lens

The implantable collamer lens (ICL) offers another option for treating myopia (“nearsightedness”). This small, foldable implantable lens is designed to remain permanently within the eye, although an eye surgeon can easily remove or replace it if the patient’s needs change.

There are many unique advantages to the ICL:

  • Provides excellent quality of vision with predictable, stable results, and requires no maintenance
  • The lens is invisible to others and cannot be felt while in the eye
  • Capable of correcting a wide range of nearsightedness, and is removable if necessary
  • Made of collamer (a soft, flexible lens material that contains a small amount of collagen), making the lens extremely biocompatible for a lifetime of clear vision
  • Maintains the natural focusing ability of the eye

Dr. Hollingshead and Dr. Barrett positions the ICL between the iris and the eye’s natural lens, where it works with your natural optical system to allow light to better focus on the retina.

The safety and effectiveness of the FDA-approved ICL implantation procedure has been proven with thousands of implants worldwide. Unlike corneal refractive surgery, the ICL does not permanently alter the structure of the eye. Instead, it is placed just in front of the eye’s natural lens, where it works with the natural lens to correct vision.

The ICL also features UV eye protection, assisting in the prevention of the development of various eye disorders. UV rays may contribute to the development of macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among older Americans, and cataracts, a major cause of visual impairment and blindness around the world.

Call Hollingshead Eye Center today to learn more about this life-changing technology.


Find Out Which Vision Correction Option Is Right For You

Request a consultation with one of our physicians. Dr. Hollingshead and Dr. Barrett have the experience and skill to determine which procedure is best suited for your eyes.