FAQs About ICL
I am not a candidate for LASIK. Can I still get Implantable Contact Lenses?
Yes! Anyone seeking clearer vision may be an ICL candidate, including those with extremely high prescriptions or thin corneas – the most common reasons you may not be a LASIK candidate. The FREE ICL exam is similar to the LASIK exam and determines if ICL is the best vision correction option for you. Schedule your exam now.
LASIK is performed on the surfaced on your eye using a cool laser beam to permanently reshape the cornea. It is an excellent treatment to correct mild to moderate nearsightedness, farsightedness as well as astigmatism. The ICL procedure does not reshape your cornea. Instead, an artificial lens is placed inside your eye where it functions just like a contact lens – but without the need to ever remove it, and without the dryness, irritation or discomfort regular contact lenses often cause. Also, the ICL provides a much better quality of vision than regular contact lenses. ICL is a suitable procedure for mild to severe nearsightedness. Even if you wear ‘coke bottle’ glasses, the ICL can help.
How do I know if I’m a suitable ICL candidate?
Candidates for ICL are between 21 and 45 years of age, suffer from myopia (nearsightedness, difficulty seeing object at a distance), and want to experience 20/20 or even better vision without the need for glasses or contacts. The ideal ICL candidate has not undergone any ophthalmic surgery and does not have a history of eye disease such as iritis, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy. The best way to get started is to schedule a FREE ICL Consultation at a LasikPlus Vision Center near you.
Does it hurt?
No, most patients are very comfortable throughout the procedure. Your LasikPlus surgeon will use topical anesthetic drops prior to the procedure and may choose to administer a light sedative as well. Patients often say the ICL procedure was more comfortable than a regular eye exam.
How proven is the ICL procedure?
The Visian ICL was subject to extensive research and development and is approved by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration). Today, more than 350,000 lenses have been implanted worldwide. In US clinical studies, 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.
Where is the Visian ICL placed?
Your LasikPlus surgeon will insert the ICL through a small micro-opening, placing it inside the eye just behind the iris in front of the eye’s natural lens. The ICL is designed to stay in position with no special care.
What is the Visian ICL made of?
The 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 ICL?
One advantage of the ICL procedure at LasikPlus is that it offers treatment flexibility. If your vision changes dramatically after receiving the implant, your surgeon can remove and replace it. If necessary, another procedure can be performed at any time. 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 ICL.
What type of procedure is involved in implanting the ICL?
The surgical procedure to implant the ICL is simple and painless. Your surgeon 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 swelling and increased 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 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 LasikPlus for a follow-up visit. You will also have follow-up visits one month and six months following the procedure.
Can the Visian ICL be removed from my eye?
Although the ICL is intended to remain in place permanently, your surgeon can remove the implant if necessary.
Is the ICL visible to others?
No. The lens is positioned behind the iris (the colored part of the eye), where it is invisible to both you and observers. Only your surgeon will be able to tell that vision correction has taken place.
Will I be able to feel the ICL once it’s in place?
No. The ICL lens 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. Where can I get further information about the Visian ICL? We invite you to schedule a free consulation at LasikPlus to learn more. You can also find out more on www.visianicl.com