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FDA Approved Option for Myopic Patients with Astigmatism

November 20, 2018

Myopic AstigmatismThe Visian Toric Implantable Contact Lens (ICL): An exciting, FDA approved option, for myopic patients with astigmatism.

Kremer Eye Center is excited to now offer the FDA approved Visian Toric ICL. This Implantable Contact Lens can correct both nearsightedness and astigmatism in one quick procedure. We are excited to be one of the first on the East Coast to offer the latest technology to help patients live a life free from glasses and contact lenses.

“FDA’s approval of STAAR’s Visian Toric ICL provides an exciting treatment option for myopic patients with astigmatism in search of visual freedom,” said Jim Francese, Sr. Vice President Commercial Operations of STAAR Surgical. “We are pleased to partner with Kremer Eye Center, who will be the first practice on the East Coast to offer this technology to their patients.”

“We have been thrilled with the results of the Visian ICL over the past decade”, says Michael Aronsky, MD. “Kremer Doctors have placed thousands of these lenses in near-sighted patients, but have been limited in people with coexisting astigmatism. With the FDA approval of the Visian Toric ICL, we are very excited to be able to treat both issues with one 3-minute surgery.”

The Implantable Contact (Collamer) Lens

Collamer is a technologically advanced lens material that’s 100% compatible with your body’s chemistry, meaning it’ll be comfortable, and you won’t feel it in your eye. Implantable collamer lenses also offer anti-reflectivity and UV protection.

Am I A Candidate?

Visian Toric ICL can often correct the eyesight of those who can’t undergo LASIK because of thin corneas, dry eyes, or unusually high refractive errors. If you fit the criteria below, you’re most likely a candidate for Visian Toric ICL:

  • Between 21 and 45 years old
  • Nearsighted
  • No change in eyeglass prescription of more than 0.5D in a year
  • Not pregnant
  • Have thin corneas and dry eyes
  • Have low and high refractive errors (as low as -3D to as high as -20D prescription)
  • Astigmatic eyes with a cylinder up to 4.0D

Visian ICL Procedure

Prior to surgery, you’ll be given topical anesthesia to minimize discomfort, but may still experience pressure. You may be given a sedative as well.

When you’re comfortable, your surgeon will create one or two small openings at the base of your cornea that will be used to position the lens. Then, a gel-like substance will be placed inside the eye to protect it during the lens placement.

After a small opening is made, the lens will be inserted. The lens will be folded up in a cartridge, and the cartridge will be placed through the incision. When the lens is inserted, it will gently unfold in the eye. After unfolding, the corners will be placed behind the iris, making the lens less visible.

Click here to learn more about Visian ICL and if it would be right for you.

Schedule your free consultation at one of Kremer Eye Center’s seven convenient locations for your free consultation and enjoy the evolution in visual freedom.