Tired of Blurry Vision? Consider an Implantable Lens
How Would You Describe Your Eyesight?
- Clear up-close vision, blurry distance vision
- Large pupils
ICL May Restore Clear Vision to Your Life!
Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) is a procedure that can correct a wide range of nearsightedness without the removal or destruction of corneal tissue. At The Wright Eye Center, we trust the Visian® ICL™ for patients who desire clearer vision but who may not be good candidates for LASIK or PRK.
Dr. John Wright was the 1st Surgeon in Colorado to Perform the Visian ICL Procedure
What is the Visian ICL?
The Visian ICL is a small lens implant made of biocompatible Collamer, a material that doesn’t typically cause any reaction inside the eye. It also contains an ultraviolet light filter. The ICL is implanted behind your iris and in front of your natural eye lens. Your natural eye lens remains in place, allowing your eyes to adjust between seeing objects at all distances. The Visian ICL remains in your eye at all times, unlike a regular contact lens that can be removed.
What Happens During an ICL Procedure?
ICL surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and you’ll need to have someone drive you to and from surgery. Topical or local anesthetic is administered to make you more comfortable as you remain awake during the procedure. Dr. Wright makes a very tiny, 3mm incision on the cornea. The ICL is inserted through this incision and is expertly placed between your iris and natural lens. Most patients experience very little discomfort and normally no pain. The procedure is done with a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist with I.V. sedation
After ICL Surgery
After the ICL is implanted you will return home to rest. The incision on your eye will begin to heal naturally, without the need for sutures. The ICL provides predictable refractive outcomes and good quality of vision due to its placement inside the eye as well as its optical performance.
Although intended to be permanent, the procedure is reversible if your vision significantly changes or you simply no longer want the lens implant.
When your vision has stabilized, you may actually forget you have an ICL in your eye! That’s because the ICL:
- Cannot get dirty and it will not dry out when it is in your eye
- Cannot be seen by the naked eye
- Cannot be felt after it is implanted – it does not attach to any structures within the eye and should not move around after it is placed
Potential Risks of the Visian ICL
The most common complication of the ICL is the development of a cataract. This can occur for several reasons:
- The insertion was difficult
- The ICL bumps your natural lens
- There is no vaulting of the ICL over your natural crystalline lens
If this occurs, 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, nearsightedness and/or farsightedness 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 contraindications to performing LASIK.
Dr. Wright has performed numerous ICL procedures, helping many patients enjoy visual freedom. Contact us today to schedule a no-obligation, free ICL Consultation in Colorado Springs to find out if this procedure might be right for you!