Vision Implantable Contact Lens
“1st Surgeon in Colorado to Perform the Visian ICL Procedure!”
The VISIAN ICL is a refractive phakic implant intended for placement in the posterior chamber of the eye (behind the iris). The word “phakic” means that your natural crystalline lens is left in the eye. This is important because your natural lens plays an important role in helping your eye adjust between seeing objects that are near and far. The VISIAN ICL is the only foldable, minimally invasive lens approved for the correction of myopia, or nearsightedness, in adults.
Although the VISIAN ICL is intended to be permanent, the procedure is reversible if desired. With over 200,000 procedures performed worldwide, results prove that the VISIAN™ design were determined by the FDA to be safe and effective for very nearsighted people. It is indicated for highly nearsighted people. And in some instances can be appropriate for those who are and are not candidates for LASIK.
STAAR VISIAN Frequently Asked Questions
The best candidates for the Visian ICL are those over the ages of 21, with moderate to severe myopia. It is best if the candidate has not had any previous ophthalmic surgery and does not have a history of ophthalmic disease such as glaucoma, iritis or diabetic retinopathy.
The Visian ICL is capable of correcting a wide range of myopia without the removal or destruction of corneal tissue. The ICL is a small, foldable, injectable lens that is inserted through a tiny, 3 mm incision that does not require sutures. The lens is made of a lens material called Collamer, which provides good biocompatibility.
If there are major changes in ones vision the Visian ICL can be removed and replaced. With the ICL, one can still wear glasses or contact lenses if necessary. The ICL does not help presbyopia, or the need for reading glasses due to age.
No. The Visian ICL is designed to remain in place within the eye without maintenance. An annual examination done by your ophthalmologist is recommended to make sure that everything is fine.
No. Because the lens is positioned behind the iris, neither you, nor an observer will be able to identify the lens in place. The cosmetic appearance of the Visian ICL is perfect, and there is no way for a non-professional to notice that a visual correction is in place.
The material is called Collamer, a collagen co-polymer that contains a small amount of purified collagen. It is biocompatible (doesn’t cause a reaction inside the eye) and stable. It also contains an ultraviolet light filter. This material is proprietary to STAAR Surgical.
The ICL surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that the patient has surgery and leaves the same day. Please note that someone will have to drive the patient to and from surgery. Topical or local anesthetic is administered and there is usually very little discomfort and normally no pain associated with the procedure. The procedure is done with a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist with I.V. sedation and a visit is usually scheduled the day after surgery.
ICLs are intended to remain in place without maintenance. If it becomes necessary, for any reason, they can be easily removed by a trained ophthalmic surgeon.
The Visian ICL is not typically noticeable after it is implanted. It does not attach to any structures within the eye and should not move around after is placed.
If the lens is making physical contact with you eye’s crystalline lens it could cause a cataract if left untreated. In that case the implant should be exchanged for one of a slightly longer length to allow it to “vault” over your natural lens. If you should need any fine tuning of your result due to residual astigmatism, near or far sightedness following the ICL procedure, the cost of LASIK is included. Three months of healing time is recommended between the two procedures. Most patients don’t require LASIK fine tuning but it is available assuming there are no contra-indications to performing LASIK. The most common complication of the ICL is a cataract. This can occur if the insertion was difficult and the ICL bumps your crystalline lens or if there is no vaulting of the ICL over your natural crystalline lens.
Intra-ocular Lens implants (IOL’s)
One of the most reliable of all refractive surgeries, a clear lensectomy is one of the most effective treatments for high ranges of nearsightedness and farsightedness. The same advanced technology is used for cataract surgery in an older person. Here the body’s natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens. Artificial lenses come in different powers similar to a contact lens. Measurements taken pre-operatively help predict what power will be needed.
Dr. John Wright performs a no-stitch, no-shot technique that takes approximately 15 minutes. Visual recovery can be very rapid with many patients seeing well the day after surgery. This technique is most effective with people in the 40+ age group. Because the eye will be corrected for distance vision, the patient will most likely require reading glasses following surgery.
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