Dr. Benjamin performing an ICL surgery.
For patients who are looking for vision correction alternatives to LASIK, glasses or contact lenses may find that an implantable contact lens (ICL) is more suited to their needs. 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.
Advantages of Visian ICL
Wide Treatment Range
The Visian ICL has proven to be effective in patients within a wide range of refractive errors. In fact, the Visian ICL can correct/reduce myopia from -3.0 to -20.0 with or without astigmatism and hyperopia. Because implantation of the phakic IOL does not require any structural alteration of the eye, results are predictable and stable.
The procedure used to implant phakic IOLs has its origins in cataract surgery, which is the most commonly performed eye surgery in the United States. The incision required to implant the foldable Visian ICL is tiny and located on the far edge of the cornea, where there is little danger of it interfering with vision. Once the lens is implanted, sutures are typically not needed to close the incision, further simplifying the procedure.
Because the Visian ICL is implanted in the posterior chamber, behind the iris, unlike other phakic IOLs, the lens is invisible to both the patient and any observer. Also, its positioning in the eye maintains normal iris function, promotes stability, and may reduce potential complications.
Unlike other phakic IOLs, the Visian ICL is made from Collamer, a lens material exclusive to STAAR Surgical Company. Because of the collagen base in Collamer, it is biocompatible with the eye.
Proven Track Record
The Visian ICL has been around for over 15 years. There have been over 100,000 Visian ICL implants performed worldwide.
One of the most common concerns that people have about laser eye surgery is that the results are permanent. However, if a complication arises, patients may have to return for additional surgery or enhancements. Some may also find that they still need to wear glasses for reading and other activities or that they are experiencing exaggerated side effects like halos, glare or difficulty with nighttime driving.
These concerns are not typical to the Visian ICL, as no natural tissues are removed or reshaped during the implantation process. If an patient experiences negative side effects after surgery the ICL can always be removed or replaced if necessary.
ICL complications compared to Corrective Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK and PRK)
Patients who undergo refractive procedures such as LASIK or PRK may have side effects such as dry eye and thinning of the cornea. Since LASIK involves reshaping the cornea, the potential complications may be more difficult to correct than the possible complications of the ICL.