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Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens)

The Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) resembles a very small contact lens, which is inserted under topical anesthesia through a tiny incision and then placed between the iris and the natural lens of the eye. It is not seen by observers and is not felt in the eye. While LASIK focuses on reshaping the cornea (eye surface), the Visian ICL works inside the eye along with the natural lens to focus light clearly on the retina. The surgery takes only minutes to complete, and no tissue is removed from the cornea, as it is with LASIK or PRK. This allows for a broader range of nearsighted correction (-3 to -16 diopters) than can be accomplished with the excimer laser alone, and it may in many cases produce higher quality visual results. The highest correction to date that Dr. Herschel has done was with a patient with -23 diopters and astigmatism. This was achieved with a combination of Visian ICL and LASIK.

The Visian ICL has other benefits, too. It does not cause or worsen dry eye, as other procedures may potentially do. The Visian ICL is also removable. As we age, it is normal to develop cataracts. When it is time for cataract surgery, Dr. Herschel can easily remove the Visian ICL and proceed with cataract surgery and the implantation of intraocular lenses.

Meet Bonnie, Matt, and Omar, who chose the Visian ICL as their preferred vision correction option, and learn more about the Visian ICL.

Who is a Candidate for the Visian ICL?

  • Young Adults with moderate to high myopia (-3 to -16 diopters)
  • Young Adults with myopia in excess of -16 diopters, when done in combination with LASIK
  • Young Adults who are not good candidates for LASIK or PRK
  • Young Adults with severe dry eye
  • Select Keratoconus patients
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