If you have been told you are not a candidate for LASIK, or if you want to improve your vision without LASIK, then the Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) may be right for you. This lens implant corrects your vision like a contact lens, but it is placed inside your eye for long-term vision correction, without the hassle of daily cleaning or regular re-ordering.
Explore the benefits of Visian ICL during an initial consultation with one of our experienced eye doctors. Call Northeastern Eye Institute at (800) 334-2244 today for an appointment in or around Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and the surrounding NEPA area.
Visian ICL Candidacy
The Visian ICL may be right for you if:
- You are nearsighted
- You are nearsighted and have astigmatism
- You have a low or high prescription
- You have thin corneas
- You have dry eyes
- You are 21 to 45 years old
Like glasses or contact lenses, the Visian ICL is a corrective lens that bends light to focus on your retin. However, unlike glasses and contact lenses, the ICL is placed inside your eye, behind your iris and in front of your natural eye lens
Advantages of Visian ICL
Some of the benefits of the Visian ICL include:
- Improved distance vision. The FDA cites a clinical study consisting of 294 people who received the Visian ICL. Patients had nearsightedness ranging from -3.00D to -20.00D. After three years, 95 percent of the patients had 20/40 vision or better without glasses or contact lenses.
- Effective LASIK alternative. If you are not a good candidate for LASIK because you have a high prescription, dry eyes or thin corneas, the Visian ICL may be an effective alternative.
- UV protection. The collagen-based material used in the Visian ICL provides some protection from UV rays. When your eyes are unprotected, long-term exposure to UV rays can cause cataracts. You should still wear UV-rated sunglasses if you have Visian ICLs.
The implantation of these lenses can be completed in about 15 minutes, using only local anesthesia.
The Visian ICL Procedure
Small incisions are made at the base of your cornea. The Visian ICL is made of a collagen-polymer material, and it is flexible. The ICL is folded up and inserted through the incisions made in your cornea. Once placed behind your iris, the ICL gently unfolds.
The Visian ICL is a "phakic" lens. Phakic lens surgery leaves your natural eye lens intact, unlike implantable contact lenses used to replace the natural eye lens in cataract surgery.
Before the procedure, numbing eye drops are administered so you won't feel any pain. You may feel pressure during the surgery. Suturing the incisions is typically unnecessary.
You should notice an improvement in your vision immediately after surgery. A day after your surgery, you should see well enough to drive and return to your normal activities, although you may still benefit from using eyeglasses.
Behind the colored iris of your eye, the ICL will not be visible to other people. You will not feel the ICL on your eye, and it doesn't require any special maintenance or care.
Although this procedure has a good record of safety, there are certain risks, including inflammation, swelling, retinal detachment and other problems. You should discuss these risks with our eye doctors during your consultation.
If you want to find out if the Visian ICL is right for you, and if you live in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazelton or elsewhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania, please contact Northeastern Eye Institute online or call our main office in Scranton at (570) 342-3145 to schedule a consultation.