The world is a beautiful place. You want to be able to see and experience every sunset, every celebration and every beautiful moment in your life clearly. Here at Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology, helping patients see better is what we do best. This is why we offer Visian ICL, which gives our patients the ability to see clearly without having to deal with glasses or contacts.
What is Visian ICL?
ICL, which stands for Implantable Collamer Lens, is an FDA-approved vision correction procedure in which our ophthalmologist carefully implants a lens into the eye to fix common vision problems. The lens is made from a biocompatible material that contains collagen, a substance that is already naturally occurring within the body. This lens is placed behind the iris but just in front of the natural lens so it can be used to correct nearsightedness and even astigmatism.
Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) is a great alternative for vision correction that does not involve removing eye tissue. For those patients with very thin corneas or extreme nearsightedness or farsightedness, this lens implant can be an excellent option to correct vision without the use of glasses or contacts. While Visian ICL can be a permanent correction for your vision, the lens can be removed or replaced should your vision needs change.
Visian ICL provides our patients with alternative treatments to refractive surgeries such as LASIK and PRK, which can also be used to correct nearsightedness.
What is involved in the Visian ICL procedure?
Placement of the lens usually takes no more than 20-30 minutes and most patients will experience improved vision almost immediately. This is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure performed right here in our office. A local anesthetic is administered to numb the eye. From there, a very tiny opening is made in the eye to insert the lens. Recovery time after the procedure can be as quick as one day with minimal discomfort. The majority of patients return to work the next day.
What are the benefits of Visian ICL?
Many patients choose Visian ICL because it offers them a simple way to see better without having to wear contacts or glasses every day. This procedure is great for improving night vision, the recovery time is quick, and there is no need to remove corneal tissue, as is necessary for other corrective eye surgeries. This advanced lens implant contains a UV blocker that prevents harmful UVA and UVB rays from entering the eye. And because your cornea tissue has not been affected by this procedure, dry eye will not be an issue.
Who is a good candidate for Visian ICL?
Are you considering whether Visian ICL could help you see more clearly? You could be an ideal candidate for this implant if you are between the ages of 21 and 45 years old, if you are dealing with nearsightedness or astigmatism, your prescription hasn’t changed in the last year and you don’t have a history of cataracts.
If you want to find out if you’re an ideal candidate for Visian ICL then call our New York LASIK Surgeon & LASIK Doctor's office today at (212) 220-0066.