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Visian ICL: an alternative to LASIK

Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)


Introducing a solution for patients with high amounts of nearsightedness. The Visian ICL is a revolutionary refractive lens that can correct vision up to 15 diopters of nearsightedness. The ICL procedure has been repeatedly improved through years of studies and continued refinement. This lens is a posterior chamber implant that is situated behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens. It is also known as a Phakic IOL. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that a patient has surgery and leaves the same day.

The Procedure

Prior to the surgery, a surgeon will make two microscopic holes in the iris. Your eye will be numbed with a light topical or local anesthetic. Once the eye is numbed the surgeon will make 2 side port incisions and one main temporal incision that is critical to the insertion process. Next the surgeon will insert the ICL through the main temporal incision and place the lens behind the iris and in front of the crystalline lens. This insertion procedure is typically performed one eye at a time. 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. Patients will be advised to arrange for someone to drive them to and from surgery.

Are you a Candidate?

Individuals who suffer from extreme nearsightedness will have a solution for their poor vision. The ICL provides an opportunity to those individuals who are not candidates for lasik eye surgery. Some people cannot have lasik for reasons ranging from high prescriptions to thin corneas. The ICL will now give these patients the opportunity to experience the same lifestyle change that lasik has brought to millions.

You’re likely a good candidate for ICL if:
  • You have extreme to moderate nearsightedness
  • You have thin corneas and are not a LASIK candidate
  • You have a history of dry eye
  • You have large pupils

Thomas Harvey MD offers visian ICL for patients that have been turned down for laser vision correction. If LASIK isn’t right for you, there are other vision correction options that may be an option.

This is an actual eye surgery. Donor is injected without compression. This has been described by Korean doctors (ASCRS 2009), and this device has been used in DMEK for an even longer period

Other Cataract related procedures

Live eye surgery. Thomas Harvey MD inserts a Visian implantable contact lens into this patients eye. It is an easy procedure for the patient and healing time is fast.

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