Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) Introduction
- Also known as an Implantable Contact lenses.
- The ideal patient:
- Myopic patient with prescription too large for LASIK.
- Myopic patient with cornea too thin for LASIK.
- The procedure consists of implanting an artificial lens between your natural lens and your Iris.
The lens is inserted in 4 easy steps:
4 Easy Steps
Step 2: A small entry is made in the cornea.
Step 3: The lens is delivered into the front of the eye.
Step 4: The lens is positioned out of view behind the Iris.
ICL or Implantable Collamer® Implants
Vision ICL or Implantable Collamer® lens implants are giving people hope of perfect vision without glasses or contacts. Imagine the freedom to see again. Seeing without ever having to worry about where your glasses are. This is exactly what ICL or Implantable Collamer® Lenses can do for our patients. It is a safe alternative to LASIK. However, it is only currently used for patients that have nearsightedness and astigmatism.
This collagen-based lens will seat behind the natural lens of the eye. It is an implant. This means it will be surgically placed inside the eye to improve a person’s vision. It will be inside the eye and will not be placed on top of the eye as a contact. No natural tissue is removed when the lens is placed in the eye. But, the vision is improved. ICL or Implantable Collamer® lens implants are a permanent solution to replacing contacts or glasses. However, the ICL can be removed if needed.
Alternative to LASIK
ICL or Implantable Collamer® Lens implants are different from that of LASIK which is a laser-assisted surgery that treats nearsightedness and farsightedness as well as astigmatism. The LASIK procedure uses an excimer laser. This laser will permanently change the shape of the cornea. The cornea is the clear covering over the front of the eye. There are no bandages or stitches needed just some eye drops. This procedure does remove a part of the eye, unlike that of ICL or Implantable Collamer® lens implants that do not remove any portion of the eye.
LASIK has been done for many many years and there are many success stories, however, it doesn’t work for everyone, which is why ICL is an option as well. Implantable Collamer® lens implants aren’t for everyone either, since they can only correct certain conditions. However, they do correct more conditions than that of LASIK. And, if LASIK isn’t right for your condition, looking at an Implantable Collamer lens isn’t a bad idea.
What is Collamer®?
Implantable Collamer® lens implants are made of Collamer® which is proprietary collagen-based material. Collagen is naturally found in the body and is easily accepted by the body. It is soft and pliable so it will feel very natural in the eye. And, it offers unique UV protection that allows the light to filter through to the eye but protects it from harmful UV rays. The word Collamer® is collagen and polymer spun into one word. As it is biocompatible and will naturally harmonize with your eye. It is intended for patients with moderate to severe myopic vision problems. Most of these patients do not meet the necessary biology make up for LASIK surgery, making them a perfect ICL candidate. This safe alternative to LASIK surgery is a great way to get your vision back without corrective lenses such as glasses or contacts.
Reasons for not Qualifying
Other reasons people choose ICL or Implantable Collamer® lens implants is because they have thin corneas. Thin corneas with laser surgery could have a bad outcome. As the laser removes a part of the cornea and with ICL or Implantable Collamer® lens implants, there is something physically put in the eye, nothing is removed. You should not have ICL procedure done if you are pregnant or nursing, don’t meet the min. endothelial cell density for your age or your vision is not stable. As with all eye procedures, you should consult your doctor before signing up for any treatment plan.
Implantable Collamer® lens implants are great for correcting night time vision as well. It will give the patient a sharp clear vision and takes about 20-30 minutes for the procedure to be performed. ICL or Implantable Collamer® lens implants have been around since 1997 and used in 1/2 million patients eyes. It is a very safe and tested procedure that simply works and has a 99% satisfaction rate. At any time if the lens has to be replaced or corrected, it can be done without an issue. If for some reason the lens just is not improving your vision, have it removed with ease.
The day of the procedure you should expect eye drops in your eye that will numb the eye as well as dilating eye drops. You will be asked to lie on your back for the procedure and other sedation options will be covered by your doctor. There will be a small opening in the cornea that will be used to place the Implantable Collamer® lens implants into your eye. With this surgery, there are more risks than that of laser surgery. These risks should be discussed with your doctor. The actual procedure will take approx 20-30 mins. You will not be able to drive after the procedure, so it’s important to arrive with a driver.
Is it Painful to have the procedure done?
The procedure is painless due to the numbing drops placed in the eye. A patch may be used to protect the eye from light, as it might be very light sensitive at first. Sunglasses are also helpful for the first few days after the procedure. As the eye heals and adjusts to the new foreign object, sensitivity can occur. It may feel as if there is something in the eye. It is very important to not rub the eye for 3-5 days after the procedure. At any time if there is a decrease in vision, call the doctor immediately. And, as always, after a surgical procedure, follow up with the follow-up appointments.
It’s a Great Vision Solution
ICL or Implantable Collamer® lens is a great solution for many patients. It is a safe and fast procedure to get back as life was intended. Wearing glasses and contacts can really become an issue with some people’s lifestyle. Having the Implantable Collamer® lens implants takes that barrier away. Of course, not everyone will qualify for ICL or Implantable Collamer® lens, however, it does have a larger range than that of LASIK and is a great option. If you should have any further questions if Implantable Collamer® lens implants are sure to ask your doctor.
If you are tired of not seeing, having to find your glasses for everything or just done with contacts, ICL or Implantable Collamer® lens is a great option to look into.
The advantages and Disadvantages are as follows:
Advantages of ICL:
- Reversibility: the ICL lens can be removed if needed. This is unlike LASIK, which is permanent.
- Long track record: The Visian ICL was FDA approved in 2005.
- Wider treatment range than LVC:
- Approved to correct as much as -14 Diopters of astigmatism.
- Visian TORIC ICL is approved to correct 3 Diopters of astigmatism.
Disadvantages of ICL:
- More expensive than LVC (but we do offer 60-month financing**).
- 0.6% risk of developing a premature cataract***.
- Like LASIK, ICL does not correct Presbyopia.
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