Visian ICL™

Some people cannot have LASIK for reasons ranging from high prescriptions to thin corneas.

The Visian ICL™ (Implantable Collamer Lens) works in conjunction with the patient’s natural lens and provides individuals who suffer from extreme nearsightedness a solution for their poor vision.

You may be a good candidate for the Visian ICL if:

  • you have extreme to moderate nearsightedness,
  • you have thin corneas,
  • you have a history of dry eye,
  • you have large pupils.

The Procedure – In Detail

One week before surgery, Dr. Harvey will create two microscopic iris holes with a laser to ensure normal eye pressure is maintained during the surgical procedure.

On the day of surgery, the patient’s eye will first be numbed with eye drops. Next, Dr. Harvey will make 2 side port incisions and one main temporal incision. The Visian ICL™ lens is then inserted through the main temporal incision and placed behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens. It is inserted with a folding technique that minimizes incision size and potential astigmatism. The incision for the Visian ICL™ is approximately 3 millimeters and does not typically require sutures.

There is very little discomfort and normally no pain associated with the procedure. Some drops or perhaps oral medication may be prescribed and a visit is usually scheduled the day after surgery.

The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis so that the patient is able to leave the surgery center the same day. Patients are advised to arrange for someone to drive them to and from surgery.

Research Data

FDA approval data for myopia (nearsightedness) between 3 and 20 diopters showed that for patients with the Visian ICL lens, at 3 years postoperatively 59% had 20/20 or better, and 95% had 20/40 (uncorrected) acuities. Less than 1% lost greater than or equal to 2 lines of best corrected visual acuity.

Visian ICL Explanation

Thomas Harvey MD offers visian ICL for patients that have been turned down for laser vision correction. If LASIK isn't right for you, there are other vision correction options that may be an option. Contact Dr. Thomas Harvey for an appointment or your local Ophthalmologist. We encourage you to make sure you meet with an eye surgeon that has received special cornea training.