Implantable collamer lens, or ICL, is a type of refractive procedure where an artificial lens is inserted in front of the eye’s natural lens, behind the iris, to provide clear, sharp vision. This procedure is excellent for vision correction candidates with very thin corneas and those with “coke bottle” glasses for nearsightedness.
The Visian ICL was FDA approved in 2005. There have been over 1 million Visian ICLs implanted globally.
Vision is significantly improved immediately after ICL surgery in the vast majority of patients, and continues to improve over the next few days. Patients generally describe their vision as ultra-high definition following surgery.
One advantage of Visian ICL over LASIK or PRK is that the ICL can be easily removed when patients are older and develop age related cataracts. That is an underrated advantage because it allows the surgeon much more accuracy and flexibility when planning future surgery.
It all starts with a comprehensive eye exam and consultation with Dr. Feinerman where he describes the procedure in detail and answers any questions you may have. Dr. Feinerman will review and discuss your individual situation and determine the best treatment plan.
Our staff ensures you are reclined and comfortable. The Visian ICL procedure—performed by Dr. Feinerman—is generally painless and takes only about 10-15 minutes per eye. Patients generally recover very quickly following treatment (within 3 to 4 hours).
After the procedure, Dr. Feinerman personally calls his patients to ensure they are doing well and to address any questions. During your actual in-person post-op visit, Dr. Feinerman will perform a final examination to ensure recovery is complete.
One thing that sets the Visian ICL apart from other vision correction procedures is that it’s reversible. Although very unlikely, if your vision changes, the ICL can be easily removed and replaced. Alternatively, another procedure (LASIK or PRK) can be done after ICL to treat small changes in your prescription (also usually not necessary).
Anyone over the age of eighteen who has not had a significant change in vision and can see clearly with contact lenses or glasses may be a good candidate for LASIK. Take our LASIK candidacy test to find out more.
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