iLASIK / ICL in St George UT & Mesquite NV

If you're considering vision correction surgery to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses, you may have looked into LASIK, ICL, or other options. The videos below will give you an overview of the different types of vision correction surgery.


Implanted Collamer Lens (ICL)

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

Call or visit our booking page to schedule a free evaluation which could help us determine which surgery may be best for you. More information about LASIK and ICL surgeries can be found below.

Custom iLASIK

LASIK St. George, UT | Laser Eye Surgery St. George, UT

What is iLASIK?

iLASIK is often referred to as “blade-free LASIK” because it uses a laser to create the corneal flap rather than the microkeratome used in traditional LASIK. Prior to the actual surgery, iLASIK WaveScan technology creates a 3D map of your eyes. This analysis looks for imperfections in your eyes, comparing your eyes to eyes with perfect vision, making for very precise correction with the iFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser creating the flap and the STAR S4 IR Excimer Laser reshaping your cornea.

If you are interested in iLASIK in St George UTMesquite NV and surrounding areas, contact Richens Eye Center today to schedule an appointment.

What Can iLASIK Treat?

iLASIK is used to treat farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism, and is a proven and tested treatment that has a long history of success.


The difference comes down to two things:

  • iLASIK uses a femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap. LASIK uses a microkeratome blade handled by the surgeon.
  • 3D mapping makes iLASIK truly customized to the specific imperfections in your eyes. The 3D mapping guides the excimer laser, which gently reshapes the cornea to the precise curvature necessary to give you perfect vision.

What To Expect After iLASIK

It’s normal for you to feel some moderate pain and discomfort for up to 3 days after your iLASIK procedure with Dr. Richens. You’ll probably feel as if you have an eyelash in your eye, although what you’re feeling is the corneal flap as it starts to heal. As this progresses you may have some blurriness and sensitivity to bright light. We’ll give you a protective shield to place over your eyes, but you’ll need to avoid rubbing or touching them at all.

What should I expect from my results Of iLASIK Surgery?

Over 15 million iLASIK procedures have been performed worldwide with amazing results. This procedure has an initial success rate of up to 95 percent, with “touch-ups” increasing that number. Ninety-four percent of iLASIK patients see 20/20 or better six months after their laser vision correction.

Will I Still Need Reading Glasses After iLASIK?

You may still need reading glasses to address your presbyopia if you’re over 40, but that is simply due to the muscles in your eyes becoming less flexible for up-close focus. It is not a refractive error due to a misshapen cornea, which is what iLASIK corrects.

Why iLASIK Is Safe

LASIK has proven to be an incredibly safe and successful surgery, but iLASIK is even safer. Because iLASIK uses a femtosecond laser to create the flap, rather than a hand-help blade in a microkeratome, the precision of the flap in iLASIK is incredibly precise. Because the thickness of the corneal flap affects the quality of the final outcome, the consistency of iLASIK’s femtosecond laser guarantees better accuracy every time.

Dry eye is a common complication of LASIK, but this is rare with iLASIK. Plus, the incidence of patients needing a second surgery is 50 percent lower than with traditional LASIK (although even those rates are very low; LASIK is very safe).

IntraLase CustomVue LASIK

LASIK St. George UT | Laser Eye Surgery St. George

Benefits of IntraLase for LASIK Surgery

Dr. Sharon Richens and Dr. Shawno May of Richens Eye Center choose to exclusively use the IntraLase method to create a LASIK flap for laser eye surgery. Why? The answer can be broken down into a few parts which include:

  • Greater Safety: Millions of procedures have been performed safely and effectively using the IntraLase method.
  • Better Vision: The IntraLase Method is 100% blade-free, exceptionally advanced and has been shown to improve outcomes for more patients. More patients get better outcomes when their LASIK procedure is performed with the IntraLase Method. Patients may experience faster recovery, fewer LASIK flap-related complications and fewer induced higher order aberrations. Higher order aberrations may contribute to visual disturbances such as glare and halos.
  • Ability to Personally Tailor the Procedure to Your Eye: The IntraLase Method gives your doctor the ability to tailor the dimensions of your LASIK flap based on what’s best for your eye. Individualized LASIK flaps contribute to excellent postoperative outcomes. The vision in the IntraLase-treated eye was preferred 3-to-1 (among those who stated preference).

Visian ICL

LASIK St. George UT | Laser Eye Surgery St. George

Clear Lens Replacement

If you are not a candidate for iLASIK, you may be a candidate for the Visian ICL (Implantable Contact Lens) or a Clear Lens Replacement. Dr. Sharon Richens is the first and most experienced certified surgeon in Southern Utah performing this procedure.

What is the Visian ICL Procedure?

The Visian ICL is a lens that is placed behind the iris and in front of the natural lens. The procedure only takes about 20 minutes per eye. The lens implant is rolled into an injector, then inserted into the eye through an incision measuring 2.5 mm. Once inside the eye, the lens opens up and Dr. Richens then tucks the edges of the lens in place.

Is Visian ICL Safe?

This procedure was FDA approved in the United States in 2005. FDA approval is for patients older than 21 who are nearsighted in moderate to severe ranges of -3.00 to -20.00 diopters. Many years before FDA approval, the Visian ICL was approved and marketed in many countries outside the United States, including Europe.

WaveLight EX500

Richens Eye Center has acquired the most advanced excimer laser in the country: the WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser from Alcon Surgical.


iLASIK, ICL & Laser Vision Correction Hotline

Monday-Friday 6:30am – 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Richens Eye Center proudly provides patients from St George, UT and Mesquite, NV with iLASIK and ICL. Contact us at our St George locations at (435) 986-2020 and (435) 628-1112, or our Mesquite location at (702) 346-2950. You can also fill out our Request An Appointment form.

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