Implantable Contact Lens

contactsFor Years, the only method of permanent vision correction that didn’t involve contact lenses, glasses, or the removal of a cataract was corrective laser eye surgery. Now near-sided patients up to -16 diopters who might not have been a candidate for lasik have a viable alternative to glasses and contacts. You can enjoy vision that is clearer and more vivid in a simple outpatient procedure that doesn’t remove any corneal tissue. This lens is made with a collamer material, which is flexible and bio-compatible and created with built-in protection against harmful UV light rays.

How do I know if I’m a suitable Visian ICL candidate?

Candidates for the Visian ICL are between 21 and 45 years of age, suffer from myopia (nearsightedness), and want to experience superior vision correction. The ideal Visian ICL candidate has not undergone any ophthalmic surgery and does not have a history of eye disease such as iritis, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy.

Where is the Visian ICL placed?

A Diamond Vision Surgeon will insert the Visian ICL through a small micro-opening, placing it inside the eye just behind the iris in front of the eye’s natural lens. The Visian ICL is designed to stay in position with no special care.

Will I be able to feel the Visian ICL once it’s in place?

The Visian ICL is designed to be completely unobtrusive after it is put in place. It stays in position by itself and does not interact with any of the eye’s structures. After the simple 15-minute outpatient procedure, patients experience an immediate improvement in vision quality and are “Wowed” by the results.

Does it hurt?

No, most patients state that they are very comfortable throughout the procedure. Your Diamond Vision Surgeon will use topical anesthetic drops prior to the procedure and may choose to administer a light sedative as well. The Visian ICL has already improved the lives of more than 100,000 people worldwide, and it’s helping more every day!

What will my vision be like?

In a study of 500 patients who received the Staar Visian ICL at Fort Bragg, 98% of patients reported better vision than they had in their glasses previously and 75% said their vision was better than it had been in their contact lenses. Dr. Stetson and the team at Diamond Vision have observed similar results and in fact had many patients who have experienced an improvement in their best corrected vision.

What are the risks?

While rapid visual recovery is expected within hours of the procedure, it should be emphasized that this procedure is still an intra-ocular surgery and thus carries with it some small risks. While these rates are speculative and data continues to be reviewed, surgeons believe that the risks of infection are suspected to be approximately 0.07% or 7 out of 10,000 since the age of fourth generation flouroquinalone antibiotic prophlaxis which we currently use.

There is a small risk of  increased intra-ocular pressure for which patients will be closely monitored during the first 24 hours after the procedure. The risk of an extensive course of inflammation is very low. Five-year follow up data suggests a 1-2% risk of cataract formation and this data continues to be reviewed as more ICLs are placed.  Dr Stetson has observed a slightly less than 1% rate of mild cataract formation after placement of more than 100 ICLs over 5 years.  However, he has not had to remove or replace any ICLs that he has implanted.

Eye rubbing or having ICL lens positioned too close one’s native lens may increase the risk of cataract formation long term. The team at Diamond Vision will monitor your ICL Lens Position to ensure proper placement to minimize this risk.

Here are some of our patient’s testimonials who have received vision correction with ICL:

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