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LASIK vs. Visian ICL

Have you heard the buzz about LASIK and wondered if this might be the solution for your vision problems? There are many benefits, both short-term and long-term, that come with a LASIK procedure. Current statistics show that success rates of LASIK are as high as 98%! Along with that success rate most patients will receive 20/20 vision or better without further use of glasses or contact lenses. Those patients also report that their vision is better after having LASIK than it was prior to surgery with the aid of their corrective lenses! Dr. Scoper and the team at Virginia Eye Consultants use the most advanced techniques available to perform LASIK surgery in order to meet their goal of providing patients with the highest standard of medical care possible.

The actual LASIK procedure is extremely fast – less than 30 minutes to get both eyes done – and virtually pain free. Dr. Scoper uses completely blade-free technology to provide the safest, most accurate and predictable results possible. There are no needles or anesthesia involved, only the simple use of eye drops to numb your eyes and insure your comfort. Improved vision may be noticeable as soon as you leave the doctor’s office following your procedure. Within a few days you will be able to return to your normal routine, go back to work, and start driving again. One of the most significant advantages to LASIK is that it can completely erase the need for glasses or contact lenses! LASIK will not only provide more comfort and convenience, it will save time that was lost having to put in contact lenses or search for your glasses, and LASIK can pay for itself with the money you’ll save in ophthalmologist visits and corrective lens expenses.

However, LASIK is not for everyone. If you find out during your preliminary exam at Virginia Eye Consultants that LASIK is not the right choice for your eyes, Dr. Scoper may recommend something called the Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL). Visian, a permanent contact lens that is implanted in front of your existing lens, is a wonderful choice for those patients with moderate to severe myopia (nearsightedness). Because the Visian lens is implanted in front of and does not replace the natural lens, it is possible to remove or replace it if your eyesight happens to change over time. Visian, like LASIK, also has the potential to erase the need for corrective lenses! Should patients find they would like additional correction, they will be able to use contact lenses and glasses in conjunction with the Visian lens.

The Visian lens has an excellent track record, being implanted in more than 55,000 eyes worldwide! Being made of 100% collagen copolymer, the lens is biocompatible with your eye and your body does not view it as a foreign object. The beautiful simplicity of this surgery is that once the lens is implanted in your eye, their is no maintenance needed to preserve your excellent vision! The results are miraculous and immediate.

Schedule a FREE consultation today at or simply call us in Norfolk at (757) 622-2200, or in Hampton at (757) 826-4702. Whether LASIK or Visian is the right choice for you, Dr. Scoper and Virginia Eye Consultants will help you succeed on the road to excellent vision!


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