Reasons to consider ICL:
Wish to reduce or eliminate dependence on glasses or contacts for those with myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism.
Patients with high degrees of myopia / astigmatism.
An alternative for patients with thin corneas who are not candidates for LASIK or LASEK.
Patients with dry-eye syndrome or other corneal disease.
Unlike other phakic IOLs, the Visian ICL is foldable. This feature allows the insertion of the lens implant using a smaller incision. The Visian ICL requires a 2.8mm to 3.0mm incision as opposed to the 6.0mm incision required by other phakic IOLs. This smaller incision is seen as less invasive, does not require sutures, and is astigmatically neutral.
The Visian Implantable Contact Lens (ICL), often referred to as an implantable contact lens, is inserted into the eye during a short surgical procedure. Unlike LASIK or PRK, the Visian ICL implantation does not permanently change the shape of the eye. Also, the Visian ICL may improve your quality of vision better than many other refractive procedures.
The small incision heals quickly after surgery. Patients may experience mild discomfort, irritation or pain for the first couple of days after the procedure. The doctor will schedule several check-up appointments to monitor the healing process, followed by periodic visits over the next several months. During the recovery process, the patient should rest and refrain from any strenuous activities for at least a week. Most patients can return to work in a few days, though it is best to take off whatever time needed to ensure a smooth recovery.
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