ICL Implantable Contact Lens

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Visian ICL – Implantable Collamer Lens- A New Vision Correction Solution For NearSighted Patients. ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) Commonly referred to as the Implantable Contact Lens (also known as a Phakic IOL).

Introducing a NEW vision correction solution for patients with high amounts of nearsightedness. The ICL is a revolutionary refractive lens that can correct vision up to -15 diopters of nearsightedness. The ICL procedure has been repeatedly improved through years of studies and placement in Europe. This lens is a posterior chamber implant that is situated behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens. Unlike LASIK eye surgery this procedure does not permanently alter the shape of your cornea. It is more similar to cataract surgery, which has a long history of success. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that a patient has surgery and leaves the same day.

ICL Lens

Visian ICL Advantages

Depth of Vision

The Visian ICL can correct a previously un-matched range of myopia. This lens actually corrects beyond the limits of lasers for myopic correction than either LASIK or PRK. Lens corrects -15 to -20 diopters of myopia. Patients have repeatedly reported very HIGH quality and clear vision after surgery.

Flexibility

If the patient does not like the implant or visual results the lens can actually be removed and your vision will return to the previous level.

Safety & Credibility

The safety and credibility of the lens is evident with the over 55,000 ICL lens implant procedures performed worldwide. (Quoted Visian INFO site 2007)

Small Incision

The ICL is implanted like cataract surgery and has a very small incision in which the folded lens is inserted through.

Are you a Candidate?

Individuals who suffer from extreme nearsightedness will have a solution for their poor vision. The ICL provides an opportunity to those individuals who are not candidates for LASIK eye surgery. Some people cannot have LASIK for reasons ranging from high prescriptions to thin corneas. The ICL will now give these patients the opportunity to experience the same lifestyle change that LASIK has brought to millions.

You’re likely a good candidate for ICL if:

  • You have extreme to moderate nearsightedness
  • You have thin corneas and are not a LASIK candidate
  • You have a history of dry eye
  • You have large pupils

The Surgery

Close Up ICL LensThe Visian ICL procedure is surgery and does involve certain risks. Before determining your candidacy please consult a certified physician. ALL ophthalmologists will have to go through an extensive training process in order to demonstrate expertise with inserting this lens.

Prior to the surgery a surgeon/ophthalmologist will make 2 microscopic holes in the iris. Your eye will be numbed with a light, topical or local anesthetic. Once the eye is numbed the surgeon will make 2 side port incisions and one main temporal incision that is critical to the insertion process. Next, the surgeon will insert the ICL through the main temporal incision and place the lens behind the iris and in front of the crystalline lens. This insertion procedure is typically performed one eye at a time. There is very little discomfort and normally no pain associated with the procedure. Some drops or perhaps oral medication may be prescribed and a visit is usually scheduled the day after surgery. Patients will be advised to arrange for someone to drive them to and from surgery.

If you are seeking LASIK eye surgery instead of the Visian ICL you might consider contacting your insurance provider to determine if the Qualsight LASIK program is an option. If LASIK eye surgery cost is a problem for you being able to have the surgery there are other options such as patient financing that might be able to help you. Call us if you have any questions about vision correction with the Visian ICL.

The ICL Procedure

Prior to the surgery, a surgeon will make two microscopic holes in the iris. Your eye will be numbed with a light, topical or local anesthetic. Once the eye is numbed the surgeon will make 2 side port incisions and one main temporal incision that is critical to the insertion process.

The ICL Procedure

Diagram of ICL Procedure

Next, the surgeon will insert the ICL through the main temporal incision and place the lens behind the iris and in front of the crystalline lens. This insertion procedure is typically performed one eye at a time. There is very little discomfort and normally no pain associated with the procedure. Some drops or perhaps oral medication may be prescribed and a visit is usually scheduled the day after surgery. Patients will be advised to arrange for someone to drive them to and from surgery.

Selecting the Visian™ ICL as your refractive implant of choice needs to be a carefully thought out and researched decision. We make every effort to provide the best vision care solutions to our patients and that is why we have selected this revolutionary lens.

Before determining candidacy for ICL we suggest the following:

  • Self-evaluation and research
  • Free screening to determine candidacy and review the process with the surgeon.
  • Evaluation and a complete eye exam and evaluation to determine your specific needs and establish your surgical plan. It is at this point that you will also review a surgical consent and thoroughly discuss all risks and benefits of the procedures.
  • Review all pre- and post-operative instructions and prescription for medications.
  • Review the surgical procedure and the necessary post-operative instructions to prevent any kind of infection.

For Highly Nearsighted Patients

What is Myopia? What is High Myopia or Extreme Nearsightedness?

Myopic or nearsighted individuals typically have problems seeing well at a distance and are forced to wear glasses or contact lenses. The nearsighted eye is usually longer than a normal eye and the cornea may also be steeper. As a result, when light passes through the cornea and the lens it is focused in front of the retina, making distant images appear blurred.

Watch the Video Above to Learn About Myopia

Myopia or nearsightedness is perhaps the most common vision disorder known to ophthalmologists. For years glasses and contact lenses have been the typical protocol for correcting myopia so that light can focus on the retina. In most circumstances, the myopic patient has a plethora of very good options for correcting myopia such as glasses, contact lenses, Intacs corneal ring segments and laser vision correction. If someone’s specific myopic problem is severe also know as high myopia or extreme nearsightedness options for correcting vision can be limited.

Treatment Options For Patients With High Levels of Myopia

The main treatment options include a traditional set of glasses which may be thick and the NEW Visian ICL also known as the implantable contact lens or implantable Collamer lens.

* Refractive surgery procedures such as LASIK or ICL may reduce the need for glasses, but do not decrease the risk associated with being highly myopic.

Risks of Highly Myopic Patient

  • Increased risk of retinal detachment
  • Increased risk of retinal holes or tears
  • Increased risk of irregular blood vessel growth

More About the Visian ICL

ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) also known as the implantable contact lens. There is a VERY new solution for patients with high amounts of nearsightedness. The Visian ICL is a break-through intraocular refractive lens that can correct vision up to –20 diopters of nearsightedness. The Visian ICL procedure has been repeatedly improved through years of studies and continued refinement.

The lens has actually been used in Europe for the last ten years while it was under a thorough investigation by the FDA. (Food & Drug Administration) This lens is a posterior chamber implant that is situated behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that a patient has surgery and leaves the same day. Please visit our ICL module for a better and more detailed explanation as to what surgery with this lens involves.

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