Visian intraocular collamer lenses (ICLs) are similar to IOLs that are implanted in the eye during cataract surgery. However, ICLs are placed in eyes that retain their natural lenses, while in cataract surgery IOLs replace the eyes’ natural lenses that have become cloudy. Due to this reason, Visian ICLs are sometimes referred to as “permanent contacts.” They become part of the patient’s eye, correcting its shape and thus providing clear vision. After implantation, Visian ICLs do not require any special care, and patients do not feel them in the eyes. Other people are not able to tell that someone has had Visian ICLs as these implants are invisible to the naked eye.
Dr. Lippman offers Visian ICLs for patients who desire to achieve freedom from glasses but do not qualify for LASIK or PRK due to extreme myopia. Unlike LASIK, Visian ICLs can correct not only mild and moderate but also severe nearsightedness in the range of -15.00 diopters. Currently, Visian ICLs have received FDA approval only for correction of myopia in patients older than 21. For patients who want correction for both near and distance vision, Dr. Lippman offers implantation of multifocal lenses or accommodating Crystalenses.
If you are interested in learning more about Visian ICLs and how they can help you achieve clear vision without glasses, please use our contact page to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lippman.
How Do Visian ICLs Work?
Visian ICLs work by altering the shape of the eye so that it can refract light rays correctly and provide clearer vision. The ICL implantation procedure takes only about 10 minutes to complete. Dr. Lippman begins your ICL procedure by numbing your eyes with special anesthetic eye drops. He then puts special retainers on your eyelids to keep them from moving. Next, Dr. Lippman creates a microincision in the cornea and inserts folded Visian ICLs just behind your eye’s iris in front of the eye’s natural lens. After being placed, the ICLs unfold to their full width. Due to the tiny incision size, ICLs implantation surgery does not require stitches or sutures.
After Visian ICLs Procedure
After the implantation of Visian ICLs, most of our patients, immediately notice significant vision improvement. According to FDA studies, 95 percent of myopic patients who receive Visian ICLs achieve vision of 20/40 or better. The majority of patients are able to resume driving and return to work the next day after ICLs surgery. In addition to being a great alternative for people who cannot undergo LASIK, Visian ICLs also provide the benefit of reversibility. These lenses can be removed if they lose their effectiveness and/or if complications occur.