Visian ICL: When LASIK isn’t right for you.
If you’re not a candidate for LASIK, Visian ICL may be the solution for you. Always a pioneer in high-tech vision procedures, Dr. Christenbury is the first eye surgeon in the Carolinas to offer the innovative Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL). FDA approved in December 2005, Visian by STAAR® Surgical is a new vision care technology and LASIK alternative for moderately to severely nearsighted sighted people. Unlike cataract surgery, in which the damaged natural lens of the eye is removed, Visian ICL is implanted over the natural lens. This makes it possible to remove the implant in the future, if needed.
The Visian lens functions like a permanent contact lens, but because it is implanted inside the eye, it is maintenance-free. Unlike contact lenses, it never dries out or gets dirty. You don’t have to put a Visian ICL in every morning or worry about it getting lost. Best of all, you are free from the hassle of wearing glasses or contact lenses.
Proven safe and effective
A U.S. FDA clinical trial of 294 patients showed excellent results three years after implantation of the Visian ICL:
- 99% of patients achieved 20/40 eyesight or better without glasses or contact lenses, allowing them to drive a car without the need for corrective eyewear.
- 84% of patients had 20/20 or better.
- 92% reported they were very satisfied or extremely satisfied with the improvement to their eyesight.
Just as important, the Visian ICL has a good track record for safety. The lens has been successfully inserted in more than 300,000 eyes worldwide. It is now available in the U.S. and Europe through select eye surgeons.
The ideal candidate for Visian ICL
A good candidate for the Visian ICL is an individual who has moderate to severe nearsightedness (also called myopia) and would like the freedom that comes with no longer needing glasses or contact lenses. Typically, Visian patients are seeking LASIK alternatives because they have conditions which rule out WaveFront Custom LASIK, such as thin corneas or extreme nearsightedness. Visian ICL is also a good alternative for people who would prefer to undergo a reversible procedure; the lens can be removed at any time and does not permanently change the shape or structure of the eye.
Advantages of the Visian ICL
The Visian lens is made of a proprietary STAAR surgical material that is biocompatible with the body. The lens is very stable and will not cause any rejection or reaction inside the eye. During the procedure, the Visian lens is placed inside the eye, in front of the natural lens but behind the iris, the colored part of the eye. This placement ensures that the lens remains virtually undetectable by the patient or an observer. It can only be seen by an ophthalmologist during an eye exam.
The Visian‘s innovative foldable design allows Dr. Christenbury to insert it into the eye through a minuscule incision about 3 mm in diameter. Once inside the eye, the lens unfolds naturally into place. No stitches are needed, as the tiny incision is self-sealing. The lens cannot be felt by the patient and does not move once it is in place. The Visian ICL offers the following advantages:
- Small Incision / Foldability – 3 mm incision to improve recovery
- Posterior Chamber Implant – invisible in the eye
- Made of collamer – a proprietary biocompatible material
- Experience – more than 300,000 Implants
- Wide Treatment Range