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. With the Visian ICL™ procedure, qualified patients can achieve high definition vision while significantly reducing or – even eliminating – their dependency on prescription eyewear.
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 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.
Am I a Candidate for the Visian ICL™?
Ideal candidates for the Visian ICL™ are generally those who are between the ages of 21 and 45, have mild to severe nearsightedness and/or mild astigmatism, have not experienced a change in their prescription for at least a year, and have not undergone any previous ophthalmic surgeries. In addition, 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™ 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™ 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™ is then carefully inserted through a tiny opening and placed into position behind the iris and in front of your natural lens. The procedure for both eyes are typically performed on the same day, and a noticeable improvement in vision for each eye 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 may be prescribed eye drops or oral medication 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™, or to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced doctors, please contact us today.