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Implantable Contact Lenses – Visian ICL, Now With Astigmatism Correction

Visian ICL and Visian Toric ICL are the next generation of vision technology. The Implantable Contact Lens technology gives sharper, clearer vision with  greater depth and dimension than any other corrective surgery. With over 900,000 ICLs implanted worldwide, studies have shown the Visian ICL provides safe results with very high patient satisfaction rate over 99%.

Visian ICL originated as a solution for people with high lens prescriptions (high myopia) and for those who lack sufficient corneal thickness to have LASIK. However, its precision and consistent results have made it an excellent option to LASIK.

During the procedure, a biocompatible lens called an implantable collamer lens, is implanted in the eye, redirecting light rays so they focus correctly on the retina. This lens is an additive technology that goes just behind your iris and in front of your natural lens to correct your eyesight for life.

The entire procedure takes about 15 to 30 minutes to complete, and you’ll be able to resume your regular activities within a day or two. Most patients see an improvement in eyesight immediately.

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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 ICL and 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 these procedures:

  • 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

One to Two Weeks Before Your Procedure

You’ll undergo a YAG laser iridotomy, where your surgeon will use a laser to make one or two small openings near the edge of the iris so the fluid can circulate around the lens. You’ll receive anesthetic eye drops to make the procedure comfortable. You’ll also use prescription eye drops in the weeks before the Visian ICL procedure.

The 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. The openings will self heal without the need for stitches.

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The Recovery

You’ll receive eye drops to use for several days after the procedure to reduce the risk of infection and inflammation. You should arrange for transportation to get home because you won’t be able to drive immediately after the procedure. You’ll schedule a follow-up visit 24 hours after the procedure for the surgeon to monitor the eye’s internal pressure and your progress.

The Visian ICL is meant to be permanent, but one of the advantages of this lens is that it can be removed and replaced if your vision happens to change.

Kremer surgeons have over 10 years of extensive experience with this type of procedure, having implanted a similar lens under an FDA protocol with great success. Our surgeons continue to be at the forefront of this leading-edge technology. We’re proud to be one of six national surgeon-training sites for the Visian ICL procedure and to be one of the first on the East Coast to offer the Visian Toric ICL to help patients live a life free from glasses and contact lenses.

Listen to Nick Murphy talk about his Visian ICL procedure on the Preston & Steve show.