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What Is Visian ICL?

What is Visian ICL?

Could Visian ICL be the best vision correction option for you and your eyesight?

Many people come into Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology asking about LASIK or other corrective eye surgery options. They want to be able to see better without turning to contact lenses or glasses every day; unfortunately, not everyone is an ideal candidate for LASIK surgery. Despite that, our board-certified, New York ophthalmologist, Dr. Christopher Coad wants to make sure that everyone is able to get the vision correction they deserve. In this case, Visian ICL may be the ideal option. Dr. Coad works with a team of gifted and well-trained technicians and staff, creating the ideal vision correction and eye care practice using the most advanced technology.


What is Visian ICL?

Visian ICL, which stands for Implantable Contact Lens (ICL), is a special lens that is implanted into the eye to correct vision problems and to improve eyesight. If your vision changes with time, we can even remove and replace the lens to adapt to your changing vision. The lens also contains a UV blocker, which protects eyes against the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays.

What happens during the Visian ICL procedure?

This outpatient procedure is performed at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in about 20 to 30 minutes per eye. Unlike LASIK and PRK, only one eye can be done at a time.

During the procedure, our New York surgeon will create tiny incisions around the cornea to place the lens, which will lie between the eye’s lens and the iris. The lens is placed through these incisions behind the iris so it isn’t visible. After the surgery, you will need to use special eye drops as your eyes heal. It’s possible to see results as quickly as 24 hours after your surgery.

Who is a good candidate for Visian ICL?

Even if an eye doctor has told you that you aren’t an ideal candidate for LASIK you could be the perfect candidate for Visian ICL if you,

  • Are between the ages of 21 to 45

  • Have a prescription that has stayed the same for the last year

  • Have severe nearsightedness

  • Have thin corneas that aren’t ideal for LASIK surgery

Has an eye doctor told you that you aren’t a good candidate for LASIK? Want to find out if Visian ICL could be the right treatment for you? If so, turn to the experts at Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology in New York today.


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  • "Cannot recommend Dr Coad & his lasik coordinator Nicole enough. They are wonderfully supportive and gentle that even if you are nervous it will be difficult to stay that way around this supportive duo! Without a doubt recommend going to see them, they are worth the additional care and cost for a full-service experience that are there just to help you & give you the best vision possible. Thank you Dr Coad & Nicole."
    Yasmin L.
  • "Dr. Coad and his staff made the experience of having a cataract removed the best it could possibly be, from evaluation to discussing options to being reassuring when the surgery began, to follow-up. The evaluation process was efficient, yet at no time did I feel as if it was anything but personal. His staff at all times were both professional and welcoming. Vace, the surgical coordinator, did everything to make sure the surgical process went smoothly.
    As to Dr. Coad himself, I can't say enough. His skill is absolutely top-notch, but it was the concern that he took in making sure that I understood all of my options, and his reassuring manner before, during and after the surgery which makes it easy to recommend him to the fullest to anyone who needs ophthalmic care."
    Ed W.
  • "Had a five star experience at Chelsea Eye! I went to Dr Yoon for an eye exam and she was extremely friendly, helpful and down to earth! I have met all the staff and they are very friendly and easy to talk to. Hugo in particular was wonderful to work with during the exam. It was a breathe of fresh air coming to this practice and I highly recommend going here for an Optometry appointment or Opthalmology appointment with Dr Coad."
    Devon T.
  • "Can I please take a moment and talk about how awesome Dr. Jay Yoon is?!

    I would be friends with this woman! I went in freaked out about a blood vessel on my eye and in total hypochondriac mode (is it a stroke? Is this connected to my brain? Is it gonna spread?). She laughed and calmly said "looks like you've always had this and it's fine and here are some drops cause your eyes are dry and here's my great primary doctor who I recommend since you don't have one."

    She was very funny and relatable and cool - she didn't try to rush me away and she was honest about everything too and so helpful.

    I've already started recommending her and now I'll do it on here: book an appt and be treated so warmly."
    Bonnie G.
  • "Dr Coad and Nicole were both absolutely wonderful. After my brother had LASIK surgery, I decided to go ahead and do the same.

    Both Nicole and Dr. Coad are very proficient in their work. They answered any and all questions that I had, and calmed every nervous feeling that arose from the start, up until the surgery.

    Going through the surgery I was EXTREMELY nervous and Dr. Coad walked me through the entire procedure (before and during) and made my whole LASIK experience a breeze.

    I can not recommend them enough. If you are interested in LASIK Dr. Coad is the only doctor I would trust."
    Christina V.
  • "This team is the absolute best. Christine is a gift from the gods and makes you feel comfortable supported and amazing. She really got me through my anxieties about my recent lasik surgery - which went great! Dr Coad is the best. A fantastic team, a simple process - I highly recommend this team - if you've ever considered lasik (like I have for the last 20 years) make an appt with this great group. You'll be happy you did."
    Mark P.
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