Since each person’s eyes are unique, LASIK surgery is not always the best option for vision correction. In some cases, patients might not be candidates for LASIK, or they may experience a degree of nearsightedness that cannot be successfully corrected with the refractive laser procedure. The good news is, the Visian Implantable Collamer® Lens (Visian ICL™) can often be an effective solution for many individuals who have moderate to severe nearsightedness (myopia) or mild astigmatism, and who have been told LASIK is not right for them. For those with higher levels of astigmatism in addition to myopia, the Visian Toric ICL is specifically designed to help improve their sight and correct blurriness. With the Visian ICL™ procedure, qualified patients can achieve high-definition vision while significantly reducing – or even eliminating – their dependency on prescription eyewear.
What can I say? Dr. Chang and team were amazing. The ICL’s have astounding clarity and I’m really enjoying my life without contacts or glasses. From intake at the front desk and consultation with the surgical director to follow ups after surgery, they really take great care of you. Every step of the way the staff made me feel comfortable and confident that…eye was getting the very best!
March 31, 2018
What Is the Visian ICL™?
The Visian ICL™ allows the eye to focus through the natural lens with the help of an additional, surgically implanted lens. This artificial lens can enhance the quality of your vision, correct a number of common refractive errors or eye conditions, and avoid the hassle and maintenance of traditional contact lenses. (However, the Visian ICL™ cannot be used to correct farsightedness.) With the artificial lens strategically placed behind the eye’s iris and in front of the natural lens, the result of the Visian ICL™ procedure is significantly improved eyesight with a completely natural appearance. As an added benefit, the procedure is completely reversible.
What Is the Visian Toric ICL?
The Visian Toric ICL works in a similar way to the Visian ICL™ as it is implanted behind the iris and in front of the eye’s crystalline lens to improve nearsightedness. The Visian Toric ICL is a newer version of the original Visian ICL™ that is FDA-approved for correcting nearsightedness with higher levels of astigmatism. Patients who were not previously candidates for the Visian ICL™ procedure may now be eligible for the procedure using the new toric lens, which has been designed for correcting vision in irregularly shaped corneas.
Am I a Candidate for the Visian ICL™ or Visian Toric ICL?
Ideal candidates for the Visian ICL™ are generally those who are between the ages of 21 and 45 and have mild to severe nearsightedness and/or mild astigmatism. The Visian Toric ICL may be recommended for those with higher levels of astigmatism. Additionally, candidates for Visian ICL™ and Visian Toric ICL should have maintained the same vision prescription for at least a year and cannot have undergone any previous ophthalmic surgeries. Patients should not be pregnant, and they should have relatively healthy eyes with no signs of glaucoma, cataracts, iritis, diabetic retinopathy, or other ocular conditions.
Visian ICL™ & Visian Toric ICL Technology
The Visian ICL™ is made of a biocompatible material called Collamer®. In addition to improving the quality of your vision, this advanced lens material can filter ultraviolet light to help protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.
For patients who experience a dramatic change in the quality of their natural eyesight after the Visian ICL™ procedure, the implantable lenses can be exchanged and updated to accommodate for this change. As an alternative, Visian ICL™ patients are able to wear glasses or contact lenses should additional vision correction become necessary.
The Visian ICL™ & Vision Toric ICL Procedure
To begin the procedure, a mild sedative and anesthetic eye drops can be used to help ensure you remain as relaxed and comfortable as possible throughout treatment. The Visian ICL™ or Visian Toric ICL is then carefully inserted through a tiny opening and placed into position behind the iris and in front of your natural lens. The procedure is typically performed one eye at a time (on the same day), and a noticeable improvement in vision is generally apparent right away. The following day, you will need to return to the office so your doctor can monitor the health of your eye and the success of the procedure. You will be prescribed eye drops to help facilitate the healing process, but recovery and time away from regular activities is minimal.
Contact Nevada Eye Consultants
For more information about the Visian ICL™ and Visian Toric ICL, or to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced doctors, please contact us today.