VISIAN ICL™ (Implantable Collamer Lens)
Always at the forefront of ophthalmologic innovation, Advanced Laser Vision & Surgical Institute is proud to offer the Visian ICL™ to our patients. We believe that our patients should be presented with a wide array of options when choosing a method of vision correction, and Visian ICL™ is one of the most innovative, effective eye care solutions available.
For some patients whose prescription is too high even for LASIK to correct, the ICL may be an excellent option. This implantable lens to correct vision has been available internationally for nearly a decade with worldwide experience in tens of thousands of patients.
The Visian ICL™ is designed as a flexible, foldable lens. Therefore the procedure allows for a tiny incision through which Dr. Lipsky slips the lens (50% smaller than competing technology.) The ICL is placed behind one’s iris, providing excellent quality of vision for many patients who cannot have LASIK. The Visian ICL™ is invisible to you and others and requires no maintenance. It is made from Collamer, a collagen copolymer.
Collagen is the same naturally occurring substance present in the eye and in many other tissues of the human body. In one study, over 99% of patients in the clinical trial were satisfied with their new vision after the ICL procedure. Collamer is very compatible with the eye’s natural environment and the lens contains an ultraviolet filter that provides protection to the eye.
Visian ICL™ on the hit TV show “The Doctors.”
The Visian ICL™ was given a major segment on the hit television show “The Doctors,” during which a patient, who was borderline legally blind, had the procedure with incredible results. During the segment the patient’s surgeon, Dr. Paul Dougherty, aptly describes the benefits of the Visian ICL™ as providing “high definition vision”. He also discusses and demonstrates the immediate “sit up and see” results that this particular patient, and all others, enjoy.
Visian ICL™ surgery done on NBC’s Today Show.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Visian ICL™ Implantable Collamer Lens
- How do I know if I’m a suitable Visian ICL™ candidate?
Candidates for the Visian ICL™ are between 21 and 45 years of age, suffer from myopia, and want to experience superior vision correction. The ideal Visian ICL™ candidate has not undergone any ophthalmic surgery and does not have a history of eye disease such as iritis, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy.
Anyone seeking clearer vision may be a Visian ICL™ candidate, including those with special or extreme vision correction needs. Without a enough anterior chamber depth or endothelial cell density may not be a good Visian ICL™ candidate.
- Where is the Visian ICL™ placed?
Dr. Lipsky will insert the Visian ICL™ through a small micro-opening, placing it inside the eye just behind the iris in front of the eye’s natural lens. The Visian ICL™ is designed to stay in position with no special care.
- What is the track record of the Visian ICL™?
Prior to being placed on the market, the Visian ICL™ was subject to extensive research and development. Today, more than 40,000 people worldwide enjoy the benefits of the device. In US clinical study, over 99 percent of patients were satisfied with their implant. The Visian ICL™ has a track record of stable, consistently excellent clinical outcomes. The lens has been available internationally for over 15 years.
- Does it hurt?
No, most patients state that they are very comfortable throughout the procedure. Dr. Lipsky will use topical anesthetic drops prior to the procedure and may choose to administer a light sedative as well.
- What is the Visian ICL™ made of?
The Visian ICL™ is made of Collamer®, a highly biocompatible advanced lens material which contains a small amount of purified collagen. Collamer does not cause a reaction inside the eye and it contains an ultraviolet blocker that provides protection to the eye. Collamer is a material proprietary to STAAR Surgical Company.
- What if my vision changes after I receive the Visian ICL™?
One advantage of the Visian ICL™ is that it offers treatment flexibility. If your vision changes dramatically after receiving the implant, Dr. Lipsky can remove and replace it. If necessary, another procedure can be performed at any time. Patients can wear glasses or contact lenses as needed following treatment with the Visian ICL™. The implant does not treat presbyopia (difficulty with reading in people 40 and older), but you can use reading glasses as needed after receiving the Visian ICL™.
- What type of procedure is involved in implanting the Visian ICL™?
The surgical procedure to implant the Visian ICL™ is simple and painless.
As a Visian ICL™ candidate, Dr. Lipsky will prepare your eyes one to two weeks prior to the procedure by using a laser to create two very small openings in the colored part of your eye which lies between the lens and the front chamber of your eye. This allows for the natural passage of fluids between the two areas, thereby avoiding the build up of intraocular pressure following the treatment.
The implantation procedure itself takes about 15 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis, though you will have to make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from the procedure.
You can expect to experience very little discomfort during the Visian ICL™ implantation. You will undergo treatment while under a light topical or local anesthetic, perhaps with the addition of a mild sedative. Following surgery, you may use prescription eye drops or oral medication. The day after surgery, you will return to Dr. Lipsky for a follow-up visit. You will also have follow-up visits one week, one month, three month and six months following the procedure.
- Can the Visian ICL™ be removed from my eye?
Although the Visian ICL™ is intended to remain in place permanently, a qualified ophthalmologist can remove the implant if necessary.
- Is the Visian ICL™ visible to others?
No. The Visian ICL™ is positioned behind the iris (the colored part of the eye), where it is invisible to both you and observers. Only Dr. Lipsky will be able to tell that vision correction has taken place.
- Will I be able to feel the Visian ICL™ once it’s in place?
The Visian ICL™ is designed to be completely unobtrusive after it is put in place. It stays in position by itself and does not interact with any of the eye’s structures.
The Visian ICL™ Candidate
- Good candidates for the Visian ICL™ include patients who:
- Are between the ages of 21 and 45.
- Are nearsighted with or without astigmatism or farsighted, including those with mild, moderate, and severe myopia (as low as -3D to as high as -20D prescription) with minor or no occurrence of astigmatism. The Visian Toric ICL™, capable of correcting myopia with astigmatism, is currently under review with the U.S. FDA. The Visian TICL™ is currently available only outside of the United States.
- Have sufficient anterior chamber depth and acceptable endothelial cell density (this will be determined after a comprehensive eye exam).
- Have not had a change in their eyeglass prescription of more than 0.5D in a year.
- Are not currently pregnant.
- Have no other contraindications including no known allergies to medications used during refractive surgery.
- Have dry eyes, severe myopia, or a thin cornea (non-LASIK candidate).