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The Visian ICL is an alternative to LASIK Eye Surgery

Implantable lenses, or implantable collamer lenses (ICL) are a popular alternative to LASIK eye surgery. Our implantable lens of choice is the Visian ICL.

LASIK eye surgery, or laser vision correction, isn’t for everyone. Fortunately, there are alternatives available. Nearsighted patients can benefit from surgically implanted lenses called phakic IOLs (intraocular lenses). These lens implants, sometimes referred to as implantable collamer lenses (ICL), can correct moderate to severe myopia, allowing patients whose prescription falls outside the LASIK range to experience corrected vision and enjoy visual freedom. Unlike LASIK or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), the phakic IOL implant does not change the shape of the eye. Although intended to remain in the eye permanently, the lens can be removed if necessary.

Learn more about the Visian ICL

Our implantable lens of choice is the Visian ICL.

The ICL procedure is a popular alternative to LASIK and PRK, as it requires no removal of the corneal tissue. Some studies suggest that patients enjoy better visual results following the ICL procedure, versus LASIK and PRK.

Phakic intraocular lens implants are similar to the intraocular lenses used in cataract surgery. However, in this type of lens implant surgery, the eye’s natural lens remains in place, and the phakic IOL is inserted either on the iris or immediately behind it. This eye lens implant corrects vision by acting like glasses or contact lenses within the eye.

The surgical procedure

The surgical implant procedure is performed as an outpatient basis and takes about 20 minutes. After anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye, a tiny incision is made to create an opening for the insertion of the implant lens. Since the incision is self-sealing, the surgery is usually completed without the need for stitches.

Following the procedure, improved vision is often observed immediately. However, patients may experience a mild scratchiness following surgery and should rest at home with their eyes closed as much as possible for the rest of the day. Most patients are able to return to normal activity within a few days after lens implant surgery.