Have you recently found out that you’re not a good candidate for LASIK, but you still want to experience visual freedom from glasses and contact lenses? You may be a good fit for something called the Visian ICL.
The eye surgeons at Laurel Eye Clinic are now offering this to our patients looking for a vision correction procedure who may not be right for LASIK, or those that may not be comfortable with the idea of permanently correcting their vision.
I have nearsightedness and my doctor says LASIK isn’t right for me, do I have any other options?
One of the best options for correcting nearsightedness is a new state-of-the-art technology called the Visian ICL. The Visian ICL is an implantable collamer lens.
The experienced eye surgeons at Laurel Eye Clinic are qualified to perform this refractive procedure that implants a thin lens in your eye and corrects nearsightedness.
What is the Visian ICL?
The Visian ICL is made from a high-technology polymer called collamer. During the minimally invasive procedure, the ICL is surgically placed in your eyes, either in the back of your iris or between your cornea and iris.
This procedure can be done at your eye doctor’s office and usually takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. ICLs work similarly to a contact lens, except they are a permanent part of your eye.
You can sleep, swim, or bathe with your Visian ICL lenses and have clear vision. At Laurel Eye Clinic, we have 10 convenient locations you can choose from to have your procedure.
What can I expect if I get the Visian ICL?
It may take a few days after receiving your ICL for your vision to stabilize completely. You should be able to resume your normal daily routines in less than a week.
Though the ICL is approved to correct nearsightedness, it does not correct farsightedness, so you may still need to use reading glasses for seeing up close. It can also treat mild astigmatism.
How do I know if the Visian ICL is right for me?
As with any procedure, you need to book an appointment at Laurel Eye Clinic, where your doctor will discuss your medical history and perform an eye exam to check the severity of your nearsightedness. The ICL is best for patients with moderate to severe nearsightedness who want a long-term solution but does not work as well for patients who have serious myopia.
Some patients, including those with thin corneas, large pupils, or chronic dry eye, may not be good candidates for the Visian ICL. If that is the case, your eye doctor will discuss other treatment options with you.
How does the Visian ICL work?
The implantable collamer lens (ICL) works without removing the natural lens of the eye. It works with the lens of the eye and cornea to allow light rays to better focus on or near the retina, reducing or eliminating your nearsightedness.
Another benefit of the Visian ICL is that collamer helps filter out ultraviolet light, giving extra protection to your eyes. It’s also biocompatible with your eyes, meaning the Visian ICL will not cause dry eyes.
What if I change my mind later?
Another benefit of using the Visian ICL is you can have it removed later. They are not a permanent form of vision correction like LASIK.
But most patients report high satisfaction with their Visian ICL. Unlike contact lenses, the Visian ICL is maintenance-free and will not require you to buy lens solutions and replacements.
What are my next steps?
The only way to find out if the Visian ICL could be right for you is to see your eye doctor. Schedule an appointment at Laurel Eye Clinic in Brookville, PA, now and begin your journey to visual freedom!