Visian ICL, sometimes referred to as an implantable contact lens or implantable collamer lens, is a lens that is in sync with your body’s natural chemistry and is placed in the eye in a simple, 15-minute procedure. This type of corrective eye surgery encompasses Visian Toric ICL, and internationally, EVO Visian ICL and EVO Plus.
ICLs, also known as permanent contact lenses, correct a wide range of prescriptions and can be a good choice for patients with thin corneas, high astigmatism, too strong of a glasses prescription for LASIK, or a desire for the crispest, sharpest vision that lens implant surgery can provide. Brinton Vision offers multiple LASIK and vision correction surgery options that can help patients see clearly — including for many people who have been told they are not candidates for LASIK.
Most people who wear contact lenses would agree the most disturbing aspect of contacts is having to remove them; however, sometimes removal brings relief. The maintenance of contact lenses and the eye irritation some people experience can be downright inconvenient.
An ICL is placed alongside the eye’s natural lens and is hidden behind the iris. The patient’s natural lens remains intact and no corneal tissue is removed. The ICL corrects imperfections that lead to poor eyesight. While ICLs cannot be seen from the outside once in place, they deliver incredibly crisp vision – without the need for glasses or contact lenses!
Many LASIK centers in St. Louis pour their training, investments and advertising into LASIK but don’t offer LASIK eye surgery alternatives. After all, LASIK surgery holds a well-deserved spot as one of the most successful elective procedures in medical history. However, just as every person is unique, so are their eyes. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for vision correction surgery, 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 well-known as LASIK but it has been proven to be safe and effective for decades. The first lens implant was placed in a human eye in 1949 by London Ophthalmologist Dr. Harold Ridley. He was later knighted by the Queen of England for his pioneering work. Ophthalmologists now have seven decades of experience with lens implants. Known globally as EVO Visian ICL and EVO Visian Toric ICL, ICL implants have been used internationally since 1993. More than 1 million eyes in 63 countries have received ICL implants, and that number is growing. Every six minutes, someone is given the chance at visual freedom that EVO Visian ICL offers.
During ICL surgery, the Visian ICL is placed behind the iris (the colored part of the eye) and in front of the natural lens through a tiny self-sealing incision. Vision can be significantly improved immediately after surgery. Our patients tell us about waking up the next day with sharp, clear vision. As an added bonus, Visian ICLs contain an ultraviolet blocker that protects eyes from harmful UV rays.
An ICL procedure takes about 15 minutes, whether its Visian ICL, Toric ICL or EVO Visian ICL; however, you should plan to be at Brinton Vision for approximately two to three 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 surgical cap to wear during your procedure.
You’ll lie down on a comfortable bed and your surgeon will use anesthetic drops to numb your eye. A small, gentle eyelid holder or blink protector will be put into place so that you do not need to worry about blinking during the procedure.
A small slit measuring about 2.9mm will be made to the side of the cornea, and a small collamer lens designed for you is rolled up like a scroll, inserted through this slit and smoothed out into place. The tiny incision generally heals quickly, and vision is typically clear within a few hours of surgery. In the following days, most patients notice 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 at night for the first week so you don’t accidentally rub your eyes while you sleep. We’ll schedule follow-up examinations for a few hours after your procedure and the morning after surgery so Dr. Tersigni, Dr. Poore, Dr. Chesnut, Dr. Lant or Dr. Brinton can personally ensure that your new vision is progressing well.
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.
Patients tell us they do not feel the new lens or notice it’s there, and it’s not noticeable to others. 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 lens to meet changes in your vision needs or health circumstances.
The Visian Toric ICL provides a safe, proven treatment for people with severe myopia and steep astigmatism. This permanent implant is an effective solution for people with thin corneas, large pupils and/or a history of dry eyes, and it can help patients who have a relatively common degenerative eye disease called keratoconus without removing any delicate corneal tissue, as is required by other corrective approaches. The implanted lens, made from collamer, a collagen copolymer, is a removable option that offers lifelong vision correction.
The FDA spent 14 years investigating Visian Toric ICL before its approval in September 2018, making the United States the 64th country to authorize its use. In 2018, Dr. Brinton was cited by STAAR Surgical as the #1 implanter of Visian ICL technology in the U.S.
On Oct. 22, 2018, Brinton Vision became the first provider in the United States to use Visian Toric ICL and is one of only a few providers nationwide with the expertise and technology to offer it as an effective LASIK alternative. It’s part of the Brinton Vision mission to help as many people as possible improve their lives through the priceless gift of vision.
Visian Toric ICL can correct or reduce myopia from as low as -3.0 diopters to -20.0 diopters with or without astigmatism. What that means is that Visian Toric ICL can correct severe myopia and steep astigmatism, even for those who weren’t eligible for vision correction in the past.
To find out if you are a candidate, schedule your comprehensive Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis today!
Brinton Vision is poised to be among the first in the United States to provide EVO Visian ICL. These implantable contact lenses are the next generation in lens technology. EVO Visian ICL lenses have been used safely and effectively in countries worldwide for years, but U.S. FDA approval takes time. Brinton Vision’s close partnership with EVO Visian ICL maker, STAAR Surgical Company, has paved the way for us to lead the nation in providing this exciting LASIK alternative. This industry leadership, and the FDA’s mission to ensure the safety of patients, will improve the lives of eye surgery patients who receive the EVO Visian ICL.
Like Visian ICL, EVO is made from a biocompatible material called collamer that works with your own body to correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Many St. Louis patients who qualify for LASIK can attain even better vision with EVO Visian ICL. As an added bonus, patients are less likely to struggle with dry eyes following an ICL procedure compared with contact lenses and other corrective options.
The EVO Visian ICL provides the same incredible visual freedom as the original Visian ICL, but it is designed to be simpler and more comfortable to insert. That means a smoother procedure, shorter healing time and improved patient outcomes. Recovery is similar to Visian ICL, though healing can be faster and more comfortable.
The cost of ICL surgery depends on which version of the procedure is best for the individual, whether both eyes are corrected, and whether there are any special considerations to take into account. ICL surgery cost can range from $4,000 to $6,000 per eye; all-inclusive Visian ICL on both eyes can be done on monthly payments as low as $212 per month at Brinton Vision.
Because insurance providers consider vision correction as an elective procedure, insurance does not cover Visian ICL cost; however, patients can pay or offset the fee through a health savings account (HSA), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA). We also provide in-house flexible payment options:
$0 down payment
Low or 0% interest plans.
More importantly, being able to get rid of expensive prescription glasses and contacts eliminates the recurring, long-term cost of eyewear. Find out how a lifetime of glasses and contacts adds up.
See brintonvision.com/lasik_affordaiblity for details.
Dr. Jason P. Brinton (left) and actor Eve Torres Gracie, a patient who received Visian ICL implants, headline a symposium for doctors in Louisiana.