Visian ICL™ is a refractive vision correction surgery that uses an exclusive Implantable Collamer® Lens to improve vision. Unlike LASIK and other vision correction procedures, Visian ICL corrects vision without removing any tissue from the cornea. Visian ICL offers permanent vision correction, but can also be removed if needed. This additive technology can correct a wide range of myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. If you are seeking freedom from the hassle of glasses or contacts, Visian ICL may be right for you.
Visian ICL Vision Correction Surgery in Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads
The team at Virginia Eye Consultants is dedicated to improving vision for patients in the Virginia Beach area, where we have provided top-quality eye care for more than 55 years. Our eye doctors and refractive surgeons are highly experienced in vision correction procedures, including Visian ICL, and we look forward to discussing your options with you and creating a personalized treatment plan designed for your unique eyes.
Benefits of Visian ICL
- Provides high quality vision improvement1
- Quick results
- 99% patient satisfaction rate2
- Proven effective, with more than 1 million procedures performed
- Can be removed or upgraded if needed
- Undetectable once in place
- Provides UV protection
- Can improve night vision3
- May be an option for people who are not candidates for LASIK
- Does not cause dry eye, which is a common concern with other vision correction procedures4
What to Expect From Your Visian ICL Experience
Preparing for Visian ICL
A consultation at Virginia Eye Consultants is the first step in the vision correction journey. Your eye doctor will test your vision and examine your eyes to determine if you are a candidate for Visian ICL. This is also your opportunity to ask any questions and learn more about your options. If you and your eye doctor decide that Visian ICL is right for you, you’ll receive detailed pre-op instructions.
The Visian ICL Procedure
The Visian ICL is a thin lens made of a biocompatible material. Your eyes will be numbed with anesthetic drops at the beginning of your procedure appointment. Your surgeon will create a very small incision in your cornea and insert your Visian ICL. The entire procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes and you can expect improved vision right away.
Recovery After Visian ICL
You will need to plan for a friend or family member to drive you home after your Visian ICL procedure. We will schedule a follow-up appointment and give you detailed recovery instructions. Patients usually resume day-to-day activities within 2 days.
Frequently Asked Questions About Visian ICL
Am I a good candidate for the Visian ICL™?
Ideal candidates are between the ages of 21 and 45 with moderate to severe myopia. Visian ICL can correct nearsightedness up to -20D. Visian Toric ICL can also correct astigmatism 1.0 D to 4.0 D.
Visian ICL may not be right for you if you have already had corrective eye surgery or have a history of ophthalmic disease such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or iritis.
What if my vision changes?
Should your eye prescription change, the Visian ICL™ can be replaced. You can also wear glasses or contact lenses to account for the vision change.
Can the lenses dry out or get dirty like a contact lens?
No. The Visian ICL™ doesn’t require any maintenance, though we recommend continuing to see your eye doctor once a year to monitor your eye health.
Is the Visian ICL™ noticeable?
No. The Visian ICL™ cannot be seen by the naked eye, so no one will notice you are even wearing a corrective lens. Only your eye doctor will be able to detect the presence of a lens.
Will I feel the Visian ICL™ once it is in place?
No. Since the lens is placed between the iris and the natural lens, patients don’t feel it.
What is the Visian ICL™ composed of?
The lens material used in the Visian ICL™ procedure contains a purified collagen known as Collamer. Proprietary to STAAR Surgical Company, this material is a stable option that responds well with the body. The lens also provides a filter from ultraviolet light.
How long will the Visian ICL™ stay in my eye?
The Visian ICL™ is meant to stay in the eye without the need for additional care. If the lens needs to be removed or replaced, a trained ophthalmologist can easily do so.
Contact Virginia Eye Consultants
Interested in the visual freedom that Visian ICL can provide? We are here to answer any questions or schedule your consultation appointment. Contact us to learn more.
1 Shin, JY. Ahn, H. Seo, KY. Kim, EK. Kim, TK. Comparison of higher order aberrations after implantable collamer lens implantation and wavefront-guide LASEK in high myopia. J Refract Surg. 2012; 28(2): 106 -111
2 FDA Premarket Approval Data. Available: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfpma/pma.cfm?start_search=1&sortcolumn=do_desc&PAGENUM=500&pmanumber=P030016
3 Parkhurst, GD. Comparison of Night Vision and Contrast Sensitivity in Patients Undergoing Implantable Collamer Lens Implantation or LASIK. Presented at: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO); October 19, 2010; Chicago, IL.
4 Naves, J.S. Carracedo, G. Cacho-Babillo, I. Diadenosine Nucleotid Measurements as Dry-Eye Score in Patients After LASIK and ICL Surgery. Presented at American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) 2012.
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