What is ISON?
ISON stands for “I See Overnight.” Specially designed lenses are used to gently reshape the front surface of the eye to eliminate nearsightedness and astigmatism. The vision retainers are similar to contact lenses and are worn while sleeping.
How is ISON different than LASIK?
LASIK surgery permanently removes tissue, ISON does not and is completely reversible. The retainer lenses are worn nightly and removed upon awakening.
I’ve never heard of ISON is it new?
No, the common name for ISON is Orthokeratology or ortho-k and has been performed for decades!
Is ISON safe?
Yes, ISON is very safe, we use FDA approved lenses to improve your vision. Can ISON stop my eyes from getting worse? – We’ve observed that patients who wear ISON retainer lenses, do not progress in myopia as rapidly as people who wear soft contacts or eyeglasses.
Can ISON stop my eyes from getting worse?
We’ve observed that patients who wear ISON retainer lenses do not progress in myopia as rapidly as people who wear soft contacts or eyeglasses.
How much does ISON Cost?
The entire program including all professional visits and two sets of retainer lenses starts at $2,200. Fees depend on your prescription and the form of payment.
Does insurance cover ISON?
No, most insurance companies consider ISON to be elective. (Comparable to laser surgery.)
Does ISON qualify for Flexible Spending Accounts?
Yes, check with your employer to see if you qualify.
Is there a payment plan?
We offer a payment plan that makes the procedure affordable. Depending on the payment option you chose your payment will vary.
How about if I have dry eyes or allergies?
Because the ISON lenses are worn only at night, they work very well for people with allergies and /or dry eyes.
Do I have to pay this fee yearly?
No, after the program is completed, you are only required to have your yearly eye examination.
Are these lenses permanent? What if I want to stop wearing them?
The ISON program is not permanent. Patients who stop wearing their overnight lenses will notice within a couple days that their vision returns to their original prescription. As long as a patient continues to wear their lenses as directed, their clear daytime vision will remain and prevent myopia progression.
What should I do if I lost my ISON lenses? What if I lost them when traveling?
Ideally, you should always carry a backup pair in case your lenses are lost. In an emergency, such as when you’re traveling, our practice can try to help coordinate a new pair to be shipped to you. If you’re traveling internationally, there are more challenging and potential fees that make it impossible for us to handle.
In general, we recommend our patients to be proactive in their eye health and consider bringing a backup pair of eyeglasses or soft contact lenses instead when traveling.