The Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) is a unique vision correction technology. With over 1,000,00 lenses implanted worldwide, it is becoming the procedure of choice for many people.
While the ICL procedure is a good option for candidates who don’t qualify for LASIK or PRK, you can also select the Visian ICL if you want excellent night vision and do not want to undergo corneal reshaping as in other vision correction procedures.
The eye doctors at Des Moines Eye Surgeons have the expertise and experience to use the Visian ICL to give you sharp clear vision.
What is the Visian ICL?
The Visian ICL is an implantable lens that gets placed between your cornea and natural lens. It corrects nearsightedness and astigmatism, both caused by a misshapen cornea.
The lens is a collagen copolymer material compatible with your body’s natural chemistry. This material works in harmony with your natural eye.
It also has anti-reflective properties that protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. After implantation, the Visian ICL allows light to focus on your retina, resulting in clear vision.
Who is a Good Candidate for ICL Surgery?
There are various reasons why you may want the Visian ICL for your vision correction. You may qualify for vision correction with the Visian ICL if:
- You want LASIK, but are not a LASIK candidate
- You don’t have a history of diseases like diabetic retinopathy, iritis, or glaucoma
- You have not previously had ophthalmic surgery
- You have thin corneas, a history of dry eyes, or large pupils
There are also various requirements you must meet for any vision correction procedure. You must also meet the following criteria to get the Visian ICL:
- Moderate to severe nearsightedness with or without astigmatism
- You’re between the ages of twenty-one and forty-five
- You’ve had stable vision for at least a year before implantation
- You are not pregnant or nursing
Your eye doctor will conduct a comprehensive eye exam to determine your eligibility. They will also assess your eye and medical history to determine if the Visian ICL is right for you.
What Happens During an ICL Procedure?
On the procedure day, your surgeon begins by giving you anesthetic eye drops. These drops numb your eyes, so you don’t feel anything during the procedure. Next, they will create an incision at the base of your cornea to insert the Visian ICL.
The Visian ICL lens then can be folded and inserted through the small incision your doctor has made. Once the lens is inserted the doctor will make any necessary adjustments to ensure proper positioning in the eye.
Once the ICL is in the correct position, your surgeon will put eye drops to prevent inflammation and infection. ICL implantation is an outpatient procedure that takes less than thirty minutes.
You will need a ride home the day of your procedure, as your eyesight might be blurry at first. You will noticed improved vision after the procedure. Your doctor will tell you when it’s safe to resume normal activities.
What to Expect After the Visian ICL Procedure
After your procedure, you’ll need to rest for one or two days to recover. Most people report considerable vision improvement almost immediately. You’ll visit your eye doctor the following day so they can evaluate the placement of the ICL.
The Visian ICL provides permanent vision correction. But it is possible to remove it later if you experience vision changes or need another eye procedure.
The Visian ICL Benefits
The Visian ICL is an exciting vision correction technology. It is the only permanent but reversible vision correction procedure. Advantages of the Visian ICL treatment include:
- 99% patient satisfaction
- 1,000,000 procedures worldwide
- Excellent night vision
- Quick results
- Great for those with thin corneas
- Does not induce dry eye syndrome
Learn what previous patients have to say about the Visian ICL.
Visian ICL Implants in Des Moines
Dr. Steffensmeier of Des Moines Eye Surgeons has vast experience implanting the Visian ICL. He can reduce or end your need for glasses or contacts and give you visual freedom.
Would you like to see if you qualify for this incredible procedure? Schedule an appointment at Des Moines Eye Surgeons in Des Moines, IA, to find out!