"15 Minutes That Will Change Your Life." The Visian ICL is a unique lens that is FDA approved to treat patients with a refractive error as low as a -3.00 diopter to as high as a -20.00 diopter. It is suitable for patients with thin corneas or chronic dry eyes as the Visian ICL does not have any effect on the cornea. See how the Visian ICL procedure works.
How do I know if I'm a candidate?
A good candidate for the Visian ICL is a patient between the ages of 21 and 45 who is nearsighted. It is preferable that the patient has not had previous eye surgery or a history with ophthalmic disease such as glaucoma, iritis, or diabetic retinopathy. Our practice offers a complimentary screening to determine if you are a candidate for this exciting procedure.
Where in the eye is Visian ICL placed?
The Visian ICL is surgically inserted inside the eye just behind the iris in front of the eye's natural lens. It is inserted by a trained ophthalmologist through a micro-incision. The Visian ICL does not touch any internal eye structure and stays in position without maintenance, indefinitely.
What is the track record of Visian ICL?
Extensive research and development preceded the introduction of Visian ICL. It is now being used by more than 150,000 patients worldwide. The satisfaction rate among patients is extremely high - above 99%. The Visian ICL provides unparalleled quality of vision and has excellent and stable outcomes for patients with moderate to severe myopia. The Visian ICL has been available internationally for over 15 years.
Does it hurt?
No, most patients state that they are very comfortable throughout the procedure. We use a topical anesthetic drop prior to the procedure. Your surgeon may choose to administer a light sedative, as well.
What if my vision changes?
The Visian ICL offers treatment flexibility. If your vision changes dramatically, the lens can be removed and replaced, or another procedure can be performed at any time. With the Visian ICL, you can wear glasses or contact lenses if necessary. The Visian ICL does not help presbyopia (the difficulty with reading which is experienced by people over the age of 40), but you can wear reading glasses if needed.
Can the Visian ICL be seen by the naked eye?
No. The lens is positioned behind the iris where it is invisible to both you and observers. You enjoy a cosmetic appearance that is completely natural. Only your doctor will be able to tell that you've had vision correction.
What is the Visian ICL made of?
The Visian ICL is made of Collamer which is an advanced lens material that is highly biocompatible. Collamer does not cause a reaction inside the eye and it contains an ultraviolet filter that provides protection to the eye.
What is involved in the Visian ICL procedure?
One to two weeks before your surgery, your doctor will make a small opening with a laser to allow fluid to pass between the lens and the front chamber of the eye. The actual Visian ICL procedure typically takes approximately 15 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis. However you will need to have someone with you to drive you home from your procedure. Normally, very little discomfort is associated with this procedure. A light topical drop anesthetic is administered and a mild sedative may be given. In addition, eye drops or an oral medication may be prescribed. You will come back to our office the next day for a follow-up visit and we will see you again at one week, one month and six months for follow-ups.
How long does the Visian ICL stay in my eye?
The Visian ICL is intended to remain in place within your eye without any maintenance. Should it become necessary, the lens can be removed by a certified ophthalmologist.
Can the Visian ICL be felt once it is in my eye?
No, the lens is not noticeable after it is put in place. It does not attach to any structures within the eye and it stays in position.
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Donald Santora, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has performed more than 10,000 refractive procedures. A graduate of Allegheny College and the Penn State University College of Medicine, he completed his residency in ophthalmology at St. Francis Medical Center and Allegheny General Hospital, and he was chief resident from 1994 to 1995. In 1998, Dr. Santora completed a fellowship in refractive surgery in Mendoza, Argentina under the tutelage of Dr. Roberto Zaldivar, an international authority on refractive surgery. Dr. Santora is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the International Society of Refractive Surgeons and the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Santora has published numerous papers in ophthalmology journals and lectured on current topics in the field of laser vision correction.