Implantable Collamer Lenses or Implantable Contact Lenses ICL frequently asked questions.

What is the difference between Visian ICL and Visian Toric ICL?

The Visian ICL is a very effective implantable collamer lens (sometimes called an implantable contact lens) for many people who have moderate to severe myopia, or nearsightedness. Until now, however, people with steep astigmatism were not candidates for ICL, or for many other procedures. Visian Toric ICL was developed specifically for those patients in mind. It treats myopia as well as astigmatism, and it has also been effective in managing an eye disease called kerataconus.

What is the difference between Visian ICL and Visian Toric ICL?2018-10-25T15:59:23-06:00

Am I a candidate for ICL?

A good ICL candidate is typically 18 years or older and who has a moderate to high prescription for nearsightedness. Patients should not have had previous eye surgery, and they should not have been diagnosed with eye disease. You may be a good candidate for ICL even if you have been told that you are not a candidate for LASIK.

Am I a candidate for ICL?2018-08-21T08:28:04-06:00

Will I experience halos and/or glare after my procedure?

Early after a vision correction procedure it is common to see halos and glare, particularly around lights at night. Our patients say that this is prominent at first, then dissipates over time to the point where it either completely goes away or is less noticeable. Glasses and contacts often have

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Is ICL safe?

Visian ICL technology may not be as commonly known as LASIK, but it has been proven to be safe and effective for decades. ICL has been used outside of the United States since 1993 and is known internationally as EVO Visian ICL or EVO Visian Toric ICL. More than half a million people in 60 countries have received ICL implants, and that number is growing. Every six minutes, someone is given the visual freedom an implant has to offer. During the procedure, no corneal tissue is removed. Each lens is inserted behind the iris and in front of the lens through a tiny self-sealing incision. Vision is significantly improved immediately after surgery, and upon awakening the next morning, our patients love to talk about their “ultra-high definition” vision. As an added bonus, Visian ICLs contain an ultraviolet blocker protect the eyes from harmful UV rays.

Is ICL safe?2017-08-06T07:09:56-06:00

What kind of lasers do you use?

As the only practice in St. Louis with multiple femtosecond and excimer laser platforms under one roof, we are better equipped to customize treatment options. We utilize the following lasers: VISX S4 IR This is one of our two excimer lasers. More LASIK cases have been done on the VISX laser than on any other laser in the world. It is also the laser approved for use in U.S. fighter pilots and NASA astronauts. Allegretto Wavelight This is the second of our two excimer lasers used for LASIK. The Allegretto Wavelight laser is the fastest excimer laser in the country (the Schwind laser is the fastest excimer laser in the world). Zeiss Visumax — 500 Hz This is one of our two femtosecond lasers. A femtosecond is one quadrillionth of a second. This is our newest laser and is the fastest femtosecond laser in the world, firing at 500Hz. It is also the only laser in the world that can do SMILE, a third-generation laser vision correction procedure. SMILE is a 100 percent femtosecond laser-based procedure. Yag laser This is a laser that we can use with Visian ICL and RLE surgery.

What kind of lasers do you use?2019-07-23T11:51:00-06:00