ICL (Implantable Contact Lenses)

High-Definition Visian ICL™

Choosing to have a Visian ICL™ procedure can help you achieve clearer vision so you can focus on doing the things you love in life without having to wear glasses or contact lenses. Implantable Contact Lenses (ICLs) are for people who are not LASIK candidates. Unlike traditional contact lenses that go on the surface of the eye, Visian ICL™ is surgically inserted into the eye where it provides excellent quality of vision for a wide range of correction needs. So if you have a prescription of a minus seven or above, now you can enjoy vision correction that’s sharper, clearer, more vivid and has greater depth and dimension in a quick, 15-minute, outpatient Visian ICL™ procedure.

What Is Visian ICL™?

The Visian ICL™ is an Implantable Collamer® Lens that works with the eye to correct vision. Unlike traditional contact lenses that go on the surface of the eye, the Visian ICL™ is positioned inside the eye between the iris (the colored part of the eye) and the natural lens where it stays indefinitely. If your vision changes drastically, however, it can be removed. Unlike other lenses, the Visian ICL™ is made of Collamer®, a technologically advanced lens material exclusive to STAAR Surgical Company. Because of the collagen in Collamer®, it is biocompatible with the eye (not seen as a foreign object to the body) and provides exceptional quality of vision. The lens rests quietly in position while accurately correcting vision. The Visian ICL™ is the best choice for a lens that is going to remain inside your eye for life.

Corrects a Wide Range of Vision Needs

If you are between 21 and 45 and nearsighted, you are an excellent candidate for a Visian ICL™ procedure. It is preferable that you have had no previous ophthalmic surgery or history of ophthalmic disease such as glaucoma, iritis or diabetic retinopathy. •  Thin Corneas: The cornea is the curved portion on the front surface of the eye. The Visian ICL™ does not have any effect on the cornea and may be appropriate if you have thin corneas. •  Dry Eyes: Visian ICL™ does not cause or contribute to dry eyes. If you have dry eyes, ask your doctor if the Visian ICL™ may be the best vision-correction option for you. •  Extreme Refractive Error: Refractive error in the focusing of light by the eye is a frequent reason for reduced visual acuity. Anyone seeking clear vision may be a candidate for the Visian ICL™, including those patients with low and extremely high refractive errors.

The Visian ICL™ Procedure

Prior to Surgery (2 to 3 weeks) Your doctor will schedule a procedure to prepare your eye for implantation of the Visian ICL™. This is necessary to ensure that the fluid inside your eye flows properly after your surgery. This is virtually painless, as your doctor will apply numbing drops to the eye before making tiny openings in the colored portion of the eye with a laser beam. After this procedure, you will be given eye drops to prepare your eyes for surgery. The Day of Surgery It is important that you do not drive yourself home, so make arrangements before the day of surgery. Prior to implantation, you will receive anesthetic eye drops to minimize any discomfort. Your surgeon may also administer a sedative, the doctor will then create two micro-openings on the edge of your cornea that will be used to insert and position the lens. Next the lens is injected, gently unfolding in your eye. Special marks on the lens ensure proper positioning. That’s it -- the procedure takes about 15 minutes! Because the opening is microscopic, recovery time is very short and no sutures are needed. A few hours after the procedure you will be able to leave the clinic. A Few Days After Surgery To complete the procedure, the surgeon will provide eye drops to help prevent infection and inflammation. You will continue to use these drops for several days once you are home. DO NOT rub your eyes, especially for the first three to five days. If you experience pain or notice any sudden decrease in vision, you should contact your doctor immediately. Then your only instructions are to check in for eye exams on a routine basis.


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