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What is an implantable contact lens (ICL)?

Wang Vision Institute was the first center in the state to perform Implantable Contact Lens and Toric Implantable Contact Lens.

Wang Vision Institute was the first in Tennessee and one of the first in the nation to offer patients Implantable Contact Lens (ICL), a unique surgery for patients suffering from high levels of nearsightedness and/or astigmatism.  ICLs, which are also occasionally called permanent contact lenses, can correct a wide range of vision conditions, such as thin corneas and high astigmatism, for those who are not an ideal candidate for LASIK. ICL is also a great option for anyone who desires crisp, sharp vision without wearing eyeglasses or shelling out the recurring expense of contact lenses. ICLs are made of biocompatible materials that sync with your natural body chemistry. They are extremely well-tolerated by your eye, as a matter of fact, they are undetectable, noninvasive, and comfortable. Only your eye surgeon will be able to detect them.


The Visian® Toric implantable contact lens (ICL) is an innovative lens that is placed behind the iris and in front of the eye's crystalline lens to correct vision in patients with astigmatism and nearsightedness. This technique works with the eye to not only restore clear and sharp vision but also provide UV protection to the eyes and improve a patient's ability to see at night. Implantable contact lens surgery may be a great option for patients who don't qualify for another refractive laser treatment (such as LASIK and PRK) or for those who don't wish to have multiple vision surgeries performed simultaneously (one to correct myopia and one to address astigmatism).

In a procedure that takes less than 30 minutes, the Visian Toric ICL allows our eye surgeons at Wang Vision Institute to treat patients with higher levels of astigmatism and myopia while preserving the corneal structure of the eye. If you rely on eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly and would like to reduce your dependence and improve your vision, contact our Nashville, TN office to learn about your options. As one of the first practices in the state to offer ICL and toric ICL for astigmatism correction, you can trust that your procedure will be performed by a skilled and experienced team.

Who is a candidate for ICL?

Patients who have been turned away from LASIK or PRK in the past may be able to find the solution they need with Toric ICL. This procedure is intended for those who:

  • Are in overall good health
  • Have myopia with astigmatism
  • Have a consistent eyeglass prescription
  • Are at least 21 years of age

To fully assess your candidacy for the procedure, one of our skilled ophthalmologists will conduct a comprehensive eye exam and ask questions regarding your medical history. Men and women with keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts, or those who have had cataracts surgery may not be approved for an implantable contact lens treatment. Additionally, individuals who are pregnant or nursing will likely need to wait to have the surgery.

WHAT TO EXPECT during ICL surgery

Implantable contact lens surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed at our Nashville, TN office, typically in under 30 minutes. Prior to surgery, we will numb your eyes to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the session. Nearly all of our patients report feeling no discomfort during their Toric ICL procedure. Using advanced laser technology, one of our highly trained ophthalmologists will create a small opening into the eye (about 3mm in size) and use a fine, special tool to place the lens, which will be positioned behind the iris and in front of your natural lens to cover the area and improve your vision acuity for the long-term.

Like with LASIK, the majority of patients will notice an improvement in their sight immediately after the surgery. Typically, most individuals will achieve their fullest outcomes about four weeks after their treatment.

How long is recovery after ICL surgery?

After your Toric ICL surgery, you will need a responsible adult to drive you home. Before you leave, we will schedule a follow-up visit to our Nashville, TN office the very next day so we can conduct a post-surgical assessment. We will also schedule future check-ins at one month and six months post-op to ensure that you're healing well and your vision quality has improved. A member of our team will prescribe anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops after your treatment to prevent infection. While you recover, it will be important that you avoid putting any unnecessary pressure on the eyes, internal or external, caused by rubbing, massaging, heavy lifting, or straining.

Many patients experience wonderful results following their Toric ICL procedure, often achieving 20/40 vision or better with some people even reaching 20/20 vision.


Our team at Wang Vision Institute is pleased to offer our Nashville, TN patients a diverse range of solutions to enhance their overall quality of sight and vision acuity. Toric ICL (implantable contact lens) is an innovative new treatment that gives men and women the ability to see clearer without relying on glasses or removable contacts. Unlike regular contact lenses, these lenses do not have to be taken out every night. If you're bothered by astigmatism and nearsightedness and would like to learn about your options for improvement, contact our office today and schedule a surgical evaluation.

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