Most people who wear contact lenses would agree that the most disturbing aspect of contacts is having to remove them. Contact lens solution and cases take some of the spontaneity out of a vacation, and we all understand how annoying it can be to have to mess with contacts when we’re exhausted and just want to go to sleep. Not to mention, contact lenses can lead to irritation or dry eye, and they’re just downright inconvenient.
Brinton Vision offers multiple refractive options that can help patients see clearly — including many people who have been told they are not candidates for LASIK. Visian ICL, sometimes referred to as an implantable contact lens or implantable collamer lens, is an implantable lens made from a biocompatible material called collamer. It corrects myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, and can be a good choice for patients who have thin corneas, high astigmatism, or too strong of a glasses prescription for LASIK.
An ICL is an artificial lens placed next to the eye’s natural lens and hidden behind the iris. The patient’s natural lens remains intact and no tissue is removed, but the ICL offsets imperfections that are causing vision problems. From the outside, ICLs cannot be seen. Once they are in place, however, they can deliver incredibly crisp and sharp vision — and without glasses or contact lenses!
Many LASIK centers focus their training, investments, and advertising on LASIK and don’t offer LASIK alternatives. After all, LASIK surgery holds a well-deserved spot as one of the most successful elective procedures in medical history. Just as every person is unique, so are our eyes. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and for many patients, Visian ICL is the best option.
Your Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis will provide the information needed to develop a customized, personalized plan to help you obtain visual freedom.
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.
Your procedure will take about 15 minutes, however, you should plan to be at Brinton Vision for approximately two hours, as we test you before and after the procedure. Come with a friend or family member who can drive you home, since your vision may be blurry in recovery.
Just as when you visit your optometrist for a routine eye exam, you don’t need to wear special clothing or change clothes on your procedure day. The only thing we will add to your ensemble is a blue cap, which you’ll wear during your procedure.
When you arrive, several of the tests that were done during your Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis may be repeated to ensure accuracy. You’ll lie down on a comfortable bed and anesthetic drops will be used to numb your eye. A small, gentle eyelid holder will be put into place so that you do not need to worry about blinking during the procedure.
Once the ICL procedure begins, it lasts only a few minutes. A small slit measuring about 3mm will be made to the side of the cornea. A collamer lens designed for you is rolled up like a scroll and inserted through this slit.
Small incisions generally heal quickly, and vision is typically clear within a few hours of surgery. In the following days, it becomes even sharper with healing.
Following your procedure, our experienced surgical technicians will provide you with instructions as well as eye shields to wear for the first week so that you don’t accidentally rub your eyes while you sleep.
Visian ICL patients typically experience little if any discomfort during or after the procedure. Most patients are able to resume regular activities, including returning to work, the day after surgery. A follow-up examination will be scheduled four hours after your procedure, as well as the morning after surgery so that Dr. Brinton can personally ensure that your recovery is progressing well.
Each Visian ICL is positioned behind the iris (the colored part of the eye. You will not be able to feel it or notice that it’s there. Unless you share it with others (and we hope you do), only your surgeon will be aware that vision correction has taken place.
Although the Visian ICL is intended to remain in place permanently, a qualified ophthalmologist can remove or update the implant to meet changes is your vision needs or health circumstances.