As a center devoted to excellence in Refractive Surgery, Price Vision Group in Indianapolis prides itself as having the capability to offer our patients a complete selection of vision correction procedures that can be customized to their unique vision and provide the best possible outcome.
One popular option our center provides is the Visian Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) for the treatment of moderate to high degrees of myopia (nearsightedness). A recent announcement from STAAR Surgical, the makers of Visian ICL, stated that the FDA has approved the Visian Toric ICL to treat patients with myopia and astigmatism.
This very thin, soft, flexible lens made of Collamer (an advanced lens material that is highly biocompatible) is implanted in the eye behind the iris and in front of the natural lens. The Visian ICL is microscopically thin and is easily inserted into the eye through a small incision that doesn’t require sutures.
The lens acts as an internal contact lens, providing immediate and permanent vision correction. It is best suited for people with moderate to severe myopia or nearsightedness and is a wonderful alternative to LASIK for these people, often producing visual results that are even better than traditional glasses or contacts.
The lens is made out of collagen, a naturally occurring protein, so it works in harmony with the eye. Even so, if there are any problems, the lens can be easily removed at any time, with little side effects.
There is no maintenance associated with the lens, and it is intended to remain in place as long as you are satisfied with your vision. If at any point your vision changes or you wish to have them removed, it can be done easily and without compromising your vision whatsoever.
If you are between the ages of 21 and 50, and suffer from a moderate to severe degree of nearsightedness with or without astigmatism, then you may be a candidate for this great procedure and the advantages it provides. These include:
The Visian ICL accommodates for a wide range of vision needs and is considered a good vision correction option for patients with:
The procedure is performed on a simple outpatient basis and usually only takes 5 to 10 minutes per eye. During the procedure, your eyes will be numbed with local anesthesia. Your surgeon will make a microscopic, self-sealing incision into your eye, and the lens will be injected into place. There is little, if any discomfort and the result are immediate.
A good candidate for the Visian ICL is a patient between the ages of 21 and 50 who is nearsighted. It is preferable that the patient has not had previous eye surgery or a history of ophthalmic disease such as glaucoma, iritis, or diabetic retinopathy. Our practice offers a complimentary screening to determine if you are a candidate for this exciting procedure.
The Visian ICL is surgically inserted inside the eye just behind the iris in front of the eye’s natural lens. The Visian ICL does not touch any internal eye structure and stays in position without maintenance, indefinitely.
Extensive research and development preceded the introduction of the Visian ICL. It is now being used by more than 1,000,000 patients worldwide. The satisfaction rate among patients is extremely high – above 99%. The Visian ICL provides unparalleled quality of vision and has excellent and stable outcomes for patients with moderate to severe myopia. The Visian ICL has been available internationally for over 20 years.
No. Most patients state that they are very comfortable throughout the procedure. We use a topical anesthetic drop prior to the procedure. A light sedative is given prior to the procedure.
No. The lens is positioned behind the iris where it is invisible to both you and observers. You enjoy a cosmetic appearance that is completely natural. Only your doctor will be able to tell that you’ve had vision correction.
The Visian ICL is made of Collamer which is an advanced lens material that is highly biocompatible. Collamer does not cause a reaction inside the eye and it contains an ultraviolet filter that provides protection to the eye.
One to two weeks before your procedure, your surgeon will make a small opening with a laser to allow fluid to pass between the lens and the front chamber of the eye. The actual Visian ICL procedure typically takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis, although you will need to have someone with you to drive you home from the procedure. Normally, very little discomfort is associated with this procedure. A light topical drop anesthetic is administered and a mild sedative is given. In addition, eye drops will be prescribed. You will come back to our office for a follow up visit the day after your procedure, and at one week and one month. Further follow ups are scheduled as needed.
The Visian ICL is intended to remain in place within your eye without any maintenance.
No, the lens is not noticeable after it is put in place. It does not attach to any structures within the eye and it stays in position.
Feel free to contact the Price Vision Group at (800) 317-3937, or contact us with any questions that you may have, or to schedule an eye exam to discover if the Visian ICL or an alternative vision correction procedure is right for you.