Are you seeking clear vision, but are not a candidate for LASIK? Or are you looking for a vision correction alternative to LASIK? Clear vision may be in your future! With the Visian ICL (Implantable Contact Lens), you can achieve high definition vision without many of the risks associated with laser vision correction. Implantable lenses have long been used for treatment of cataracts, and are now available for patients seeking clear vision!
The Visian ICL is a refractive lens also known as a phakic IOL (intraocular lens). “Phakic” meaning that the natural lens of the eye is not removed during the procedure. Instead, the natural lens is left in place. The ICL is an implant that is situated behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens. The Visian ICL is considered an alternative to corneal refractive surgery such as LASIK, PRK and refractive lens exchange.
The best candidates for the Visian ICL are between the ages of 21 and 45, with moderate to severe nearsightedness. It is best if the candidate has not had any previous eye surgery and does not have a history of eye disease such as glaucoma, iritis or diabetic retinopathy.
If for any reason are major changes in your vision, the ICL can easily be removed and replaced, or another procedure can be done at any time. With the ICL, you can still wear glasses or contact lenses if necessary. Unfortunately, The Visian ICL does not treat presbyopia, or the need for reading glasses due to age.
Visian ICL surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that the patient has surgery and goes home the same day. A light, topical or local anesthetic is administered and 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.
If you are interested in learning if you are a candidate for the Visian ICL, the surgeons at Vance Thompson Vision encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation.