Implantable Contact Lens

For 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 candidates for LASIK have a viable alternative to glasses and contacts. You can enjoy clearer and more vivid vision in a simple outpatient procedure that doesn’t remove any corneal tissue. This implantable contact lens is made with a Collamer material, which is flexible and bio-compatible and created with built-in protection against harmful UV light rays.

What is Visian ICL

The Visian ICl (also known as Implantable Collamer Lens) is a lens implant that has the capacity to reduce and/or correct moderate or severe astigmatism and nearsightedness (between the ranges of –3.0 D to –20.0 D). As a matter of fact, these permanent contact lenses are able to treat these problems that are well beyond the ranges of LASIK, which is up to 4.0 D of astigmatism and -12.0 D of nearsightedness.
Apart from that, the flexible and soft implantable contact lens can be easily inserted via a self-sealing opening measuring no more than ~3 millimeters.
These contacts will stay permanently but could be updated, changed, or removed if it’s necessary. The Collamer contacts are also well-tolerated by the eyes and they also filter ultraviolet light.

Long term benefits of Permanent Contact Lenses

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.

Why trust Diamond Vision with Visan ICL -
Implantable Contact Lens Surgery

We can say it with certainty; you won’t be disappointed if you choose us to take care of your Visian ICL procedure.
As one of the leading experts in the field of ophthalmology, laser vision correction surgery, we will be able to cater to your every need and swiftly determine the best course of action, whether in the case of Visian ICL or any other procedure.

As the FDA approved Visian ICL in 2005, we were among the first practices to implement it as a treatment option and have had marvelous results ever since.

When comparing Visian ICL to other options and costs, most patients will often compare it with LASIK.

LASIK will generally cost about $2200 for an eye, while ICL can be a bit heftier, going for around $5,000 per eye. Few insurance companies cover either procedure, although improved eyesight can certainly increase personal safety.

To get a more precise quote, feel free to contact our helpful staff at our New York, Atlanta, and/or Paramus offices.

When it comes to overall success rates, Visian ICL ranks rather high, with a general satisfaction rate of a staggering 99.9%. When compared to LASIK, permanent contact lenses are a much quicker solution as they don’t require the cornea to be reshaped. The Collamer implantable contact lens is simply inserted into the eye.

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 minor 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 fluoroquinolone antibiotic prophylaxis, which we currently use.

There is a small risk of increased intraocular 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 suggest 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 five years. However, he has not had to remove or replace any ICLs that he has implanted.

Eye rubbing or having ICL positioned too close to 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.

Who is a good candidate for Implantable Contact Lens Surgery

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 diseases such as iritis, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy.

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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 Implantable Contact Lens is designed to stay in position with no special care.

What to expect from Visian ICL

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.
As far as discomfort and pain is concerned, 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!

Recovery timeline from Implantable Contact Lens Surgery

Check out our practices in New York City, Paramus, and Atlanta where we provide the Visian ICL procedure. Learn more about these permanent options by reaching out to our experts and see whether Visian ICL is the perfect treatment for you.

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