How Does the Visian ICL Work? - Herschel LASIK and Cataract Institute

How Does the Visian ICL Work?


When you think about vision correction surgery, you probably think of popular laser eye procedures like LASIK. Laser vision correction procedures like LASIK are very popular and effective. LASIK isn’t the only alternative to glasses and contact lenses.

Visian ICL is a vision correction procedure that doesn’t use a laser. It also doesn’t involve removing any tissue from the eye.

While laser surgeries like LASIK are safe and effective, the Visian ICL is even less invasive and can mean better results for certain patients. Keep reading to learn more about the Visian ICL, how it works, and if you may be a good candidate for this vision correction procedure!

What Does ICL Stand For?

Visian ICL

ICL stands for Implantable Collamer Lens. Essentially, the Visian ICL is a permanent contact lens that sits inside your eye rather than on top of it.

It’s placed between your iris and your natural lens. It never needs removing or replacing. You can replace it by choosing to have a simple procedure if you decide you no longer want it or if your prescription changes drastically.

Having this ability to remove it at any time makes the Visian ICL unique. The Visian ICL won’t interfere if you need to have an intraocular lens put in during cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange.

Choosing to have your Visian ICL removed is rare. Some patients find peace of mind in knowing they can have the Visian ICL completely reversed, unlike something like LASIK.

What It’s Made Of

Visian ICL

You may notice the “C” in ICL stands for collamer. Collamer is a collagen copolymer and is proprietary to the company that makes ICLs, Staar Surgical.

Because it’s made from collagen, a naturally occurring protein in the human body, collamer is highly biocompatible with your eye. Because collamer is biocompatible with your eye, when it’s in your eye, you’ll hardly be able to feel it as it integrates so well with your natural biochemistry.

It also means that you’re less likely to develop dry eye from the Visian ICL. Dry eyes are one of the most common side-effects of many other vision correction procedures.

How the Visian ICL Helps You See

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Just like glasses or contact lenses, the ICL changes the way light bends before it goes through the natural lens of your eye. The ICL can correct nearsightedness, although it cannot correct farsightedness.

But it can correct nearsightedness to an even higher degree than LASIK. While LASIK can only correct up to -11.00 diopters of nearsightedness, the Visian ICL can correct or reduce up to -20.00 diopters. It also comes in a toric version that can correct up to an additional 4.00 diopters of astigmatism.

The Visian ICL Procedure

The Visian ICL procedure is quick and painless. It takes less than 30 minutes and doesn’t require any general anesthesia.

After you go through pre-op screening and receive approval for the Visian ICL, you can schedule your procedure. It’s an outpatient procedure, so you’ll go home the same day you have the surgery, although you’ll need someone to drive you home.

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You won’t be able to drive right away and will need to wait until your eye doctor clears you.

When you come in the day that your procedure is scheduled, you’ll first be set up in the operating room. Your surgeon will begin by numbing and dilating your eyes with eye drops.

Once your eyes are completely numb, they’ll make a tiny incision in your eye. The ICL itself is then folded up and inserted through this incision. Once unfurled, it’s positioned precisely between your iris and natural lens.

That’s all there is to it since you don’t need any stitches. The incision is so small that it will heal on its own.

As soon as the ICL is in your eye, you’ll have improved vision that will only get better as your eye adjusts. While you’re recovering, you’ll take both antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops to help your eyes heal and prevent infection.

Why Choose the Visian ICL?

There are several reasons to get the Visian ICL. It’s a popular alternative to LASIK, especially for patients who don’t qualify for LASIK.

To qualify for LASIK, one of the most important factors is having a cornea that is a certain thickness. If your corneas aren’t thick enough, getting LASIK can become unsafe or even result in unforeseen complications to your vision.

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But the Visian ICL doesn’t have this restriction. It also presents a much lower risk for dry eye syndrome, which can be an issue for patients with a predisposition to developing dry eye symptoms.

Even if you qualify for LASIK and aren’t concerned about dry eyes, you may want the Visian ICL because it’s just a less invasive procedure and is fully reversible.

The Visian ICL also has some unique benefits. In addition to being biocompatible with your eye, it provides some degree of UV protection.

UV damage puts you at a higher risk of age-related eye conditions like cataracts and cancer. Anything you can do to improve your protection from this harmful radiation is highly beneficial.

How the Visian ICL Compares to Other Procedures

When compared to laser eye correction procedures, the Visian ICL also provides clearer, crisper vision. It doesn’t cause any potential aberrations that can occur when removing corneal tissue.

man searching Visian ICL

It can also correct a higher degree of nearsightedness, making it ideal for patients with prescriptions too high for laser eye surgery.

Just because you don’t qualify for LASIK doesn’t mean you can’t achieve your goals of visual freedom from glasses and contact lenses. It’s essential to realize you have options, including the Visian ICL.

If laser eye correction surgery isn’t an option for you, even if it’s only by choice, the Visian ICL can finally give you the ability to see clearly without anything holding you back. What’s not to love about that?

Learn more about the Visian ICL and determine if it may be right for you by scheduling an appointment at Herschel LASIK and Cataract Institute in Orlando, FL! What do you have to lose besides your dependence on visual aids?

Those who know choose Herschel LASIK and Cataract Institute

Beautiful office. Amazing and caring staff. Getting my surgery done Saturday and the Doctor and the staff helped choose the right option for me and I didn't feel pushed to commit. One of the only few who commits the patient to a dry eye treatment as per my research. Post-surgery I hope to keep my 5 star rating because I have nothing bad to say!

Yogi Nayyar (Google), February 2020

I recently did my LASIK procedure about 1 week ago and was completely blown away from beginning to end with the SERVICE received from the entire staff at Herschel LASIK. The office is beautifully decorated and the staff was always professional, personable, knowledgeable and friendly. I particularly enjoyed the way that everything was explained clearly before, during and after my procedure and questions were always encouraged and answered. My experience was the best encounter to date with a physician. Excellent doctor + excellent support staff +excellent service = excellent experience and a happy customer. Thank you so much Dr. Herschel, Doris and Francesca.

Vernicia Sturrup (Google), September 2019

Great service, sometimes a bit of a wait, but I take a full lobby as a sign of a well recommended doctor. Staff is friendly & quick to answerphones & squeeze me in when I got an eye problem. Would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting to get LASIK. Doctor even personally called to check on me the night after my procedure.

Stephanie G. (Yelp), January 2020

I got my LASIK procedure done here. I was apprehensive, mostly because anything to do with my eyes kind of freaked me out.
I went under a free consultation. The nurses/assistants were very nice and they answered any questions I had. Then I met Dr. Herschel and he was very nice and understanding. He explained all that would happen, how everything works, how long recovery will be, everything.
So, I agreed and start the process. I love the fact you always meet with Dr. Herschel at every appointment.
I now have 20/20 vision.
I'd highly recommend going to him for all of your vision needs.

Kelsea K. (Yelp), November 2019

Great surgeon and great staff. Do your research, Dr. Herschel is more than just a LASIK surgeon. He is certified and specializes in all areas of eye surgery so have peace of mind that you are getting one of the best. They use current technology and machines. More so, if your eyes aren’t ready for surgery he has no problem delaying 1-2 weeks until they are 100% good-to-go. He will not risk your health for the sake of money.

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