ICL Surgery
at K2 Vision

Every day, people are told that they “aren’t the best fit” for conventional vision correction surgeries like LASIK and PRK. Maybe it’s because they have an especially high prescription. Maybe they have a thin or irregularly shaped cornea. Or maybe, it’s pre-existing tendency for dry eye. No matter the reason, at K2 Vision, we think that every patient should have options at their disposal. That’s why we specialize in Implanted Collamer Lens, or ICL, surgery.

ICL is minimally invasive — in fact, the advantage of ICL is that, unlike some other eye surgeries, the cornea stays intact. It’s a fantastic solution for people who could still benefit from life-changing vision correction, even when they’ve been told that they may not be a fit for standard procedures.

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What Is
ICL Surgery?

ICL surgery is capable of transforming a patients’ vision in only a few minutes, with the simple insertion of phakic intraocular lens (IOL) behind the cornea (the clear front surface of the eye).

Phakic just means that the lens is inserted with removing eye’s natural, crystalline lens. The new lens is precisely measured so that it changes the shape of the cornea and corrects vision issues caused by the improper refraction of light into the eye — including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

Clearer Vision after ICL Surgery

What Happens During ICL Surgery?

ICL is a short procedure in which a tiny incision is made on the edge of the cornea. The IOL — which is made of a natural material called Collamer — is placed behind the iris and in front of the natural lens.

The pupil is then constricted with a specialized medicine. This “captures” the new lens behind the iris and allows it to settle into place naturally. Because the incision made in ICL is so small, it heals quickly. In fact, most patients notice clearer vision within a few hours after surgery!

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Are You a Candidate for ICL Surgery?

LASIK has long been the most well-known refractive surgery, but it’s important to remember that it’s not the right choice for everyone.

For example, countless patients are told that their prescription is too high to be fully restored vision with LASIK or PRK. People with corneal complications, such as a thin or misshapen cornea, may also be at a higher risk for side effects such as dry eye, preventing them from undergoing conventional methods of vision correction. In these (and other) cases, ICL can be a safe and effective alternative!

Ready to toss your glasses for good?

Dr. Kopstein's headshot from K2 Vision

Andrew Kopstein, M.D.

Andrew Kopstein, M.D., is a board-certified ophthalmologist and dedicated specialist in ICL surgery. He’s the Pacific Northwest’s leading ICL surgeon, having performed thousands of ICL surgeries during a career that has spanned more than 20 years!

Dr. Kopstein’s unique experience with ICL has made him the surgeon that even fellow ophthalmologists — along with professional athletes and celebrities — trust with their vision correction. You deserve to trust your eyes to the best, and we’re proud to offer patients at K2 Vision the opportunity to work with him.

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