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What is ICL?

ICL stands for Implantable Collamer® Lens but many refer to it as implantable contact lens. The ICL is like inserting a permanent contact lens inside the eye. You won’t feel or see the lens once it has been inserted into the eye. ICLs corrects nearsightedness and astigmatism. They are safe, effective, and provide exceptional visual correction – just like having LASIK or SMILE. In fact, if you are very nearsighted, this may be the best and safest option for vision correction.

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Top reasons to choose ICL at Envue

1.  Experience counts. Dr. Rivers is a military-trained refractive surgeon.  He retired after a 30-year-military career as an Army Colonel and the Director of the War Fighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program and Research Center at Fort Belvoir, VA.  ICL surgery is quite common in the military and Dr Rivers has been performing this procedure for over 10 years. He is one of the most experienced ICL surgeons in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

2.  There is no charge for your ICL consultation. At your consultation, you will meet with Dr. Rivers to discuss your personalized vision plan taking into account not only your eye health but also your goals and lifestyle. You will undergo a comprehensive diagnostic examination, advanced ocular analysis and a vision plan tailored specifically for you.

3.  Envue’s ICL pricing is all-inclusive. With upfront pricing, there are no additional charges – not even for astigmatism, high prescriptions, or enhancements. 

4.  Your Envue ICL procedure is $4500 per eye and we offer 24-month interest-free financing. 

5.  The most important thing is to ensure you are a good candidate for RLE. If we determine that you are not a RLE candidate, you may be eligible for other vision correction options. 

6.  Your comfort and exceptional vision correction results are our main focus. We love making people happy.  

How is ICL at Envue different?

It all starts with your ICL consultation. At Envue, we do more than a quick “ICL screening.” Your initial consultation includes a full diagnostic workup using the latest technology. Your safety is our priority. We never compromise on the treatment that’s best for you. That’s why we will tell you immediately if an ICL does not fit your vision needs. We’ll map out the best vision correction options for you using our advanced ocular analysis. With his years of surgical experience and research in the latest vision correction advancements, Dr. Rivers ensures that each patient receives personalized care to optimize their outcomes. 

Can I get ICL if I’m nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism?

You can finally get rid of nearsightedness and astigmatism in minutes with ICL. Like SMILE, ICL is approved only for these conditions and is not yet available for farsightedness. However, ICL at Envue can cure nearsightedness (myopia) and astigmatism and you’ll see the change immediately. Get ready for better vision and say bye to glasses and contact lenses. 

Is ICL worth the cost? 

The cost of ICL is less than what the average person spends in a lifetime on glasses, exams, and contact lenses and solutions. This doesn’t even include non-monetary costs, such as time spent on finding lost glasses, worrying if you have an adequate supply of contact lenses, or modifying your life to deal with infections related to contact lens use. Don’t lease your vision with glasses and contact lenses. Own your vision with ICL at Envue. Use the Envue Vision Calculator to decide for yourself how affordable PRK is.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is an ideal ICL candidate?

ICL may be your best vision correction option if you have thin corneas or a very high prescription. Your safety is our top priority at Envue. Your examination and discussion with Dr. Rivers will help determine if this procedure is right for you. Envue provides the Visian ICL.

Is ICL safer than LASIK or SMILE?

All the procedures are safe, however we will discuss any risks and address all concerns prior to surgery. If you struggle with severe myopia (nearsightedness) ICL may provide you better vision correction than LASIK or SMILE. Just like LASIK or SMILE, ICL eliminates dependency on glasses and contact lenses.

Does ICL surgery hurt?

No. We will take the time to make you comfortable and ensure that you receive the safest care at Envue. Patients may be provided with mild sedation to ensure comfort during surgery. After surgery, you may have a mild foreign body sensation which is often described like having an eyelash on your eye.

How long does ICL take?

We will take the time to make you comfortable and ensure that you receive the safest care for your ICL at Envue. The procedure itself generally takes 15-20 minutes per eye and the results are rapid.

What is recovery like after ICL?

Recovery is quick and is similar to LASIK and SMILE recovery. After Dr. Rivers performs your ICL procedure in one of Envue’s office-based surgical suite, you will relax in our recovery room. Although you will be able to see immediately, your vision will be blurry during the initial recovery period. We recommend that you rest after surgery. Your vision will continue to progress each day. You will not be able to drive yourself home and must have a friend or family member with you. Prior to going home, Dr. Rivers and the Envue staff will check your vision and eye pressure, review the proper use of the prescribed eye drops we provide, and confirm the time of your next day follow up exam. Expect to use the eye drops for several weeks. It will help with recovery, reduce the chance of infection, and help lubricate your eyes.

When can I resume my normal activities after ICL?

Most patients can return to their normal activities within 24 hours. Generally, we recommend that patients, at a minimum, take the following workday off after their procedure. Typically, a patient’s vision correction allows them to drive the very next day for their follow-up appointment at Envue. Depending on your comfort level and job requirements, we may recommend a longer recovery period.

What should I avoid doing immediately after ICL?

It is important to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise immediately after surgery. We recommend you avoid rubbing your eye. It is safe to shower but avoid getting water directly into your eyes.

How long does ICL last?

ICLs last for a lifetime. The Implantable Collamer® Lens is estimated to last around 90-years. It’s guaranteed for life. The satisfaction rate among patients is extremely high, above 99%. The ICL is typically removed once it’s time for you to have cataract surgery when you are older.

Do ICL results wear off?

No. However, whether you’ve had ICL or not, vision change is a natural part of the aging process for everyone. Around age 42, seeing things up close will get difficult (presbyopia) for everyone. We factor in your age when determining which vision correction options – besides ICL – is best for you.

Does insurance cover ICL?

No. However, as part of the Envue consultation process we provide you with upfront costs and financing options to invest in your vision correction – including interest free financing. If your employer offers a health or flexible spending account, this could be an option to manage the cost of your ICL investment.

Is ICL more affordable than glasses or contacts?

Yes. Use the Envue Vision Calculator to see how affordable it really is. By the time most people get ICL, they’ve already spent more money on glasses, contacts lenses, exam costs, and treatments for eye infections than the one-time cost of ICL. Breaking the dependence on glasses and contact lenses affords you with improved quality of life.

Who should not have ICL?

At Envue, the focus is on you. As part of your premier customized patient experience, you’ll find from your first contact with Envue, to your consultation and vision correction procedure with Dr. Rivers, and your follow-up care, we take the time to listen to and answer your vision correction concerns. We want you to entrust us with your care. Find out what other patients say about their experience with Dr. Rivers and the Envue team.

What can I expect with ICL at Envue?

At Envue, the focus is on you. As part of your premier customized patient experience, you’ll find from your first contact with Envue, to your consultation and vision correction procedure with Dr. Rivers, and your follow-up care, we take the time to listen to and answer your vision correction concerns. We want you to entrust us with your care. Find out what other patients say about their experience with Dr. Rivers and the Envue team.  

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