For patients who are looking for vision correction alternatives to LASIK, glasses, or contact lenses may find that an implantable contact lens (ICL) is more suitable for their needs. Unlike traditional contact lenses that go on the surface of the eye, Visian ICL is surgically inserted into the eye, where it provides excellent quality of vision for a wide range of correction needs.
Advantages of Visian ICL
Visian ICL can correct a wider range of prescriptions than LASIK or PRK. Also, unlike these other procedures, ICL can be removed if needed.
After it has been implanted, the Visian ICL is not detectable to you or others. It also requires no maintenance.
The safety of the Visian ICL is proven. It has been implanted in over 100,000 eyes worldwide.
Visian ICL is made from collamer, a collagen copolymer. Collagen is the same naturally occurring substance present in all of our connective tissue and the eye. It is highly biocompatible and not recognized as a foreign object as a result of its unique makeup.
Over 99 percent of patients in the clinical trial were satisfied with their vision after the Visian ICL procedure.
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Benefits of Visian ICL
Visian ICL can provide patients with numerous benefits, including the following:
Wide Treatment Range
Visian ICL has proven to be effective in patients with a wide range of refractive errors. In fact, the Visian ICL can correct/reduce myopia from -3.0 to -20.0 with or without astigmatism and hyperopia. Because implantation of the phakic IOL does not require any structural alteration of the eye, results are predictable and stable.
The procedure used to implant phakic IOLs has its origins in cataract surgery, which is the most commonly performed eye surgery in the United States. The incision required to implant the foldable Visian ICL is tiny and located on the far edge of the cornea, where there is little danger of it interfering with vision. Once the lens is implanted, sutures are typically not needed to close the incision, further simplifying the procedure.
Because the Visian ICL is implanted in the posterior chamber, behind the iris, unlike other phakic IOLs, the lens is invisible to both the patient and any observer. Also, its positioning in the eye maintains normal iris function, promotes stability, and may reduce potential complications.
Unlike other phakic IOLs, Visian ICL is made from Collamer, a lens material exclusive to STAAR Surgical Company. Because of the collagen base in Collamer, it is biocompatible with the eye.
Proven Track Record
Visian ICL has been around for over 15 years. There have been over 100,000 Visian ICL implants performed worldwide.
One of the most common concerns that people have about laser eye surgery is that the results are permanent. However, if complication arise, patients may have to return for additional surgery or enhancements. Some may also find that they still need to wear glasses for reading and other activities or that they are experiencing exaggerated side effects like halos, glare or difficulty with nighttime driving.
These concerns are not typical to the Visian ICL, as no natural tissues are removed or reshaped during the implantation process. If an patient experiences negative side effects after surgery the ICL can always be removed or replaced if necessary.
ICL complications compared to Corrective Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK and PRK)
Patients who undergo refractive procedures such as LASIK or PRK may have side effects such as dry eye and thinning of the cornea. Since LASIK involves reshaping the cornea, the potential complications may be more difficult to correct than the possible complications of the ICL.
Who is a good candidate for the Visian ICL procedure?
Wondering if you’re a good candidate for Visian ICL? Patients who meet the following requirements are typically great candidates for the procedure/
- Between the ages of 21 and 45.
- Nearsighted with or without astigmatism, or farsighted, including those with mild, moderate, and severe myopia (-3D to -20D prescription) with minor or no occurrence of astigmatism.
- Have proper anterior chamber depth and acceptable eye tissue cell density (this will be determined by Dr. Benjamin after a comprehensive eye exam)
- Have not had a change in their eyeglass prescription of more than 0.5D in a year.
- Not currently pregnant.
- Have no known allergies to medications used during refractive surgery or no other contraindications.
- Have dry eyes, severe myopia, or a thin cornea (non-LASIK candidate).
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