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Patients seeking vision correction now have an exciting new option: Visian ICL™, an implantable contact lens. Unlike traditional contact lenses that are placed on the surface of the eye, Visian ICL™ is surgically placed inside the eye – an optimized vision correction experience that’s sharper, clearer, more vivid, and has greater depth and dimension. Moreover, distortions such as glare, halos, and poor night vision are proven far less common with Visian ICL than with LASIK.

The simple implantation procedure is performed on an outpatient basis by ophthalmologists who are certified in the Visian ICL™ procedure. The procedure is very similar to the same procedure that has been performed on cataract patients for years. The ophthalmologist makes a small incision where the cornea meets the white part of the eye and inserts the foldable lens, which unfolds into place. The procedure takes just 15 minutes and is done using topical anesthesia. Typically, patients can see very clearly within a few hours after the procedure.

Visian ICL™ is cosmetically pleasing, as well. The lens is placed in the posterior chamber, between the iris and in front of the crystalline lens. The placement makes it invisible to the patient and others. Further, the lens avoids contact with any eye structures, providing safety, stability, comfort and predictable outcomes. Once in place, the lens stays there indefinitely and should require no maintenance. Except for better vision and an annual checkup, the patient will forget the lens is even there.

Visian ICL™ is made of an advanced technology lens material called Collamer® which provides unique optical performance and unparalleled quality of vision. A highly biocompatible lens material, Collamer® works with the body’s natural chemistry, allowing it to remain in the eye permanently. What’s more, the lens material actually blocks UV rays from entering the eye. This unique “UV blocking feature” helps protect against the possible damage to the retina caused by everyday exposure to sunlight.

More than 350,000 patients worldwide have had the Visian ICL™ procedure. In a rigorous US clinical trial, the satisfaction rate among patients was impressive: 99.4% reported satisfaction three years after the procedure.

If you are considering vision correction options, you are encouraged to contact Eyesight Associates at (478) 923-5872 to discuss the possibilities of Visian ICL™.