Contact Lenses in Alexandria, MN

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About ICL

LASIK or PRK laser vision correction are often the right options for patients who are considering refractive surgery to improve their vision. However, in patients with higher degrees of nearsightedness, the cornea may be too thin to allow full refractive correction with a laser.

In these cases, surgical implants may be the best alternative. These special devices, called phakic intraocular lenses, act like contact lenses implanted inside the eye to correct high degrees of nearsightedness. These lenses are inserted in front of the eye's natural lens to improve focusing ability.

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Types of Lenses

Visian ICL

We use the Visian ICL (implantable collamer lens) at Vance Thompson Vision. The ICL is placed in the posterior chamber, behind the iris and does not require the natural lens to be removed. This procedure is recognized as an alternative to corneal refractive surgeries like LASIK.


The Verisyse ICL is a similar implantable lens made of medical-grade polymethylmethacrylate or PMMA. The Verisyse implantable contact lenses is placed in the anterior chamber, in front or your iris. of the lens. Both lenses are FDA approved for the correction of nearsightedness.

Best Candidates

Candidates for Implantable Contact Lenses are between the ages of 21 – 45 years old with a stable correction. Patients with moderate to severe nearsightedness are the most typical candidates for this procedure. Having a history of eye surgeries or eye diseases, such as glaucoma, iritis, or diabetic retinopathy, may disqualify you from implantable contact lenses.

Treatment Options

The implantable contact lens procedure is an outpatient procedure under a light, topical or local anesthetic. Prior to the procedure, a peripheral iridotomy is performed in the office to alleviate any build-up of pressure within the eye. On the day of the procedure, a small incision is created at the base of the eye. The lens is folded, inserted through the incision, and positioned in the eye. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and the results are almost immediate.

What to Expect

Once your procedure is finished and you are discharged from outpatient surgery, your vision will continue to improve over the next 48 hours as your eyes heal. You should be able to return to most of your daily activities quickly. Do not rub your eyes for three to five days following your procedure. A follow-up appointment will also be scheduled with your eye care provider. 

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Procedure Information

Recovery Time  
1 - 2 days
Procedure Time  
30 minutes (15 per eye)
Follow Up Time  
1 day, 1 week, 1 month
Recovery Location  
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Real Life In HD with ICL

If you would like an alternative to LASIK, laser vision correction procedures, eyeglasses, or contact lenses, discuss your options with the eye care professionals at Vance Thompson Vision in Alexandria, MN. Reduce the impact of your nearsightedness with an implantable contact lens and significantly improve your vision. Call to request an appointment today.

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