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The Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer® Lens) is a state-of-the-art solution that’s ideal for anyone with the need or desire for quality vision correction. Produced by STAAR® Surgical Company, the Visian ICL has numerous advantages including its correction of the widest range of myopia, or “nearsightedness.”
Typically used to treat:
· Higher prescription Myopia
o Higher than -10.00 diopters
What is Visian ICL?
There’s a big difference between “visual acuity” (20/20 vision is considered normal visual acuity) and “visual quality.” The Visian ICL provides sharper, clearer, and more vivid vision, with greater depth and dimension. It’s called High Definition Visian, and it’s available only with the Visian ICL.
STAAR Surgical Company's Visian ICL has a proven track record of providing improved quality of vision. When compared to other refractive surgical procedures, the Visian ICL creates sharper vision. The immediate improvement of vision quality and the remarkably short and painless recovery produces a unique "WOW!" factor in patients.
The "High Definition Vision” delivered by the Visian ICL makes this proven, technologically advanced vision correction procedure the choice for patients who need and expect high quality results. In fact, the U.S. military has embraced the Visian ICL because of the reliable visual clarity it achieves. The Visian ICL is clearly the choice for patients with an active lifestyle and those who cannot accept anything less than the highest quality vision.
If you can’t settle for "good enough" vision and demand “High Definition Visian,” the Visian ICL is clearly the refractive procedure choice for you.
How does Visian ICL work?
The Visian ICL surgical procedure is simple and painless. The implantation procedure for the Visian ICL involves a procedure similar to that of cataract surgery. The main difference is that, unlike cataract surgery, the Visian ICL procedure does not require the removal of the eye's crystalline lens.
One to Two Weeks before the Visian ICL Eye Procedure
About one to two weeks prior to the insertion of the Visian ICL, Dr. Lin will perform a YAG laser iridotomy. During this procedure, Dr. Lin will use a YAG laser to make one or two small openings near the edge of your iris, which is the colored part of the eye. These openings serve as outlets that will allow the fluid in your eye to circulate around the lens.
Prior to creating the small openings in the eye with the laser, Dr. Lin will apply numbing drops to make the procedure more comfortable. Dr. Lin will then prescribe eye drops for you to use during the weeks leading up to the Visian ICL procedure.
Day of the Visian ICL Procedure
The entire procedure for the implantation of the Visian ICL will take about 15 to 30 minutes. Most patients say it is relatively painless because of the numbing agents used. Someone will need to drive you home following the procedure
On the day of your procedure, prior to surgery, Dr. Lin will administer topical anesthesia to minimize discomfort, however you may still feel pressure in your eye. Additionally, you may or may not be given a sedative.
Lens Positioning Openings
Once you are comfortable, Dr. Lin will begin the procedure. First, Dr. Lin will create one or two small openings at the base of your cornea that will be used to position the lens.
Next, a gel-like substance will be placed inside your eye to protect the eye during lens placement. This gel will be removed at the end of the procedure.
Following placement of the gel, a small opening will be made, through which the lens will be inserted.
Insertion of Corrective Lens
Prior to the Visian ICL procedure, your corrective lens was selected based on your individual prescription. The lens was folded and loaded into a small cartridge which will now be placed through the opening. As the lens is inserted, it will gently unfold in your eye. Once the lens has fully unfolded, the four corners of the lens will be placed behind your iris. This makes the lens invisible to both you and others.
Completion of Procedure
To complete the procedure, Dr. Lin will administer eye drops to help prevent infection and inflammation. You will continue to use these drops for several days after your procedure.
Because the incision made during surgery is so small, sutures are typically not needed following the Visian ICL procedure. For comfort and protection, Dr. Lin may cover the eye with a patch or shield and prescribe drops or medication.
You should not drive immediately after the Visian ICL surgery, so it is important that you arrange for transportation home.
Follow-Up Care after the Visian ICL Procedure
Within 24 hours of undergoing the Visian ICL surgery, you will have a follow-up visit. Dr. Lin will monitor the eye's internal pressure and will discuss your progress.
Patients need to follow physician instructions, especially regarding the needed use of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications during the week following the procedure.
Patients should contact IQ Laser Vision immediately if they experience severe eye pain or a sudden decrease in vision.
Improved vision may be evident the same day as the Visian ICL procedure, and you can expect a quick visual recovery.
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What are the benefits of ICL?
Patients seek the Visian ICL because they expect the highest quality of results from their refractive vision correction procedure. The advantages of our phakic IOL make the Visian ICL a sought after treatment for nearsightedness with or without astigmatism* and farsightedness*.