Implantable Collamer Lenses

ICLs are soft flexible intraocular lenses designed to be placed in the eye, behind the iris to help correct both nearsightedness and astigmatism. ICLs are safe, effective, comfortable, fully reversible, and upgradeable. ICL patients are the happiest refractive surgery patients and provide all the benefits of LASIK, while exceeding its correction parameters & avoiding any side effects of LASIK like  dry eye, increased contrast, haloes, or nighttime glare which we see at higher ablations. ICLs give better vision at a wider optical zone than LASIK and are the best refractive option for nearsighted patients with high prescriptions. LASIK is better for lower prescriptions. 

Lifetime refractive patient.

One factor to remember is that myopic regressions are proportional to the original refraction. If a patient with a prescription of -2.50 is corrected to 0 with LASIK; in 10-15 yrs he/she may regress back to -0.5 or -0.75. That amount of myopia may not even be noticeable to a patient OR if entering the presbyopia age range (40s), it may even be desirable. By contrast, high myopia keeps going. If you take a patient at -10.0 to 0.00; in 10-15 yrs they will regress back to -2.00. Now if the 1st procedure was LASIK, the patient is maxed out after a -10.00 diopter  ablation and has no tissue left for a touchup. AND -2.00 is too little to place an ICL. This leaves Refractive Lens Exchange as the only option and that too is only advisable if the patient is in his/her 40s

By contrast, if the 1st refractive procedure was ICL, then the patient likely enjoyed an excellent outcome for 10-15 years and if new myopia later develops, touch up PRK is an option since the patient’s cornea was not ablated in their initial procedure. If significant new myopia develops the old ICL can also be exchanged for a higher power lens, or if the patient is now in their 40s, then RLE has become an option. In other words, ICLs give you options. 

The benefits of ICLs then are 1) can correct high prescriptions without ablating the cornea, 2) avoid the side-effects seen with high order LASIK ablations that significantly reshape of the cornea (unlike small ablations in the -2.50 to -4.50 range) such as glare, haloes, contrast loss, & dry eye, 3) ICLs are fully reversible/upgradeable while preserving refractive options for 2nd & 3rd touchups over the next 30-45 years of life, preserving your options.  

You may need ICLs if:

The Singh Vision Philosophy.

At Singh Vision we offer a refractive guarantee for our services. We think about how best to correct your vision when you first come to us, but also try to preserve your options for maintaining a good refractive outcome over your entire lifetime. Or at least until you make it to 100! All bets are off after 100… 

“I struggled with myopia for 30+ years. I had to replace my contacts before the OR & replace them with glasses before going kayaking.

ICL surgery with Dr. Singh was I can avoid all that and just focus on living my life.

Pranav S. MD
Vitreoretinal Surgeon and Senior Consultant
Kamaljeet Singh Eye Clinic


ICL Surgery in Virginia.

Prior to ICL placement, Dr. Singh captures an HD Ultrasound Biomicroscopy Scan to determine your ICL lens size (see below). Thereafter Dr. Singh will perform an in office laser procedure to prevent future complications from your ICLs and at the next visit you will have bilateral ICL placement. During this procedure Dr. Singh numbs the surface of your eye with anesthetic drops and gel, then makes one 2.2 & two 0.9 mm incisions in your cornea. ICLs are custom made per patient and delivered in a cartridge that helps place the lens in your eye; where it unfolds in about a minute. The ICL is then tucked behind the iris (colored part of the eye) to conclude the 15-20 min procedure. We then turn over the room to ensure sterility and place a second ICL in your other eye. 

Ideally you should have no pain during or after the procedure and instantly see a dramatic improvement in vision. Realistically however, your vision may be blurry post-op and you may have mild soreness. We advise you rest on procedure day & stay off your phone. By post op day 1, you’ll be seeing great & it will stay that way for decades! 

Reasons to choose us for ICL.


Your ICL procedure is guaranteed for years to come.


Our ICL pricing is all-inclusive, with no upsells or extra charges. 


The cost of ICLs is less that what you pay for glasses and contact lenses over time.

“There is a group of patients who've been told they aren't candidates for vision correction. ICL gives those patients options.”

—Yahoo News

It starts with a consult.

Our refractive consultations cost $150 and include a battery of seven tests using the latest technology. You will then meet with Dr. Singh to discuss how to best achieve perfect vision for you and review any pertinent information regarding the health of your eyes. If you proceed with ICL, your $150 investment is applied towards your vision correction procedure.

What do ICLs cost?

Your ICL investment at Singh Vision is $3650 per eye, or $7300 for both eyes. After ICL placement; in addition to seeing sharper than ever before, you’ll never need to search for your glasses or worry about losing your contacts again. When you invest in vision correction, you invest in yourself and with ICLs you can immensely improve your quality of life.

How much are glasses and contacts costing you?

The average person spends $25,000+ on glasses, contact lenses, solution, eye exams, over the course of your lifetime. That’s like renting your vision from the glasses and contacts lenses industry and after all that, you NEVER improve your vision. Use our affordability calculator to see how much you save by getting ICL.

What consult time works best?


The elegance of Singh Vision.

Singh Vision is a beautiful facility with crisp, clean lines, abundant lighting and a stunning view of the Virginia countryside. From the moment you enter our reception area, you’ll experience the difference of Singh Vision.

ICL questions? We've got answers.

Are ICLs covered by insurance?

No. ICLs are an elective procedure but you can use your HSA or FSA plan and we also offer 24-mth interest-free financing.

How long does ICLs last?

Implantable Collamer® Lens are rated to last 90-years & guaranteed for life but inevitably get removed at time of RLE/cataract surgery.

Does ICL surgery hurt?

No. The procedure takes a few minutes per eye & causes no discomfort. Most patients return to normal activities in 24-hours or less.

How long does ICL take?

ICLs are inserted via a tiny incision made in the cornea and then placed behind the iris. ICL placement takes ~15 min per eye and post operative recovery is rapid & dramatic. 

Does ICL eye surgery wear off?

ICLs correct for distance vision only. They do not fix presbyopia (need for reading glasses) which develops in your 40s whether you get ICLs or not. RLE is an option at that stage.

Is ICL better than LASIK?

ICLs provide better outcomes and visual acuity than LASIK in highly myopic patients. An eye exam will determine if ICLs are the right option for you or if LASIK is the move.

How do ICLs compare to LASIK?

ICL are intraocular (placed behind the iris). LASIK is extraocular, with a laser reshaping the cornea (surface of the eye). Both reduce glasses and contact lens dependence.

When after can I return to work ?

Most ICL patients return to work the next day without skipping a beat. Overall recovery is short. You can resume normal activities within a few days but delay swimming for 2 wks.

Can I Use My HSA or FSA for ICL?

Certainly. If your company offers a health or flexible spending account you can use pre-tax money to pay for ICL without any issues. 

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