Wanting to see clearly is more than just a convenience. Wearing glasses or contact lenses is an absolute necessity that is sometimes not enough. Implantable contact lenses (ICL) are one answer that may eliminate the need for glasses.
Implantable contact lenses (ICLs) correct vision in much the same way that external contact lenses do, except ICLs are surgically placed inside the eye, where they permanently improve vision.
While ICLs function in almost exactly the same way as contact lenses that sit atop the eye, they are also similar to intraocular lenses (IOLs), which are used during cataract surgery to replace the eye's natural lens after it has been fragmented and removed. However, during ICL surgery, the natural lens is kept in the eye and works with the implanted lens to correct vision.
ICLs are inserted through tiny incisions in the cornea and placed behind or in front of the iris (the colored part of the eye) and in front of the natural lens. These thin, pliable lenses can serve as an alternative to laser eye surgery procedures such as LASIK and are often used to correct conditions that laser procedures may be unable to correct, such as extreme myopia. The ICL procedure produces little to no discomfort for the patient and has a 95 percent average success rate.
What is involved?
To determine suitability for the procedure a thorough consultation is required where a number of investigations are performed by our highly trained team of nurses and technicians and followed by an evaluation by a fellowship trained eye surgeon. Important measures include the health of the cornea measured by Specular microscopy and a measure space within the eye which will be evaluated using several machines.
How is Visian ICL Done?
During your ICL procedure, the implantable contact lens will be inserted between the iris and natural lens of your eye. When it is time to implant the lenses, the surgeon places a gel into the eye to protect against any damage during the surgery. The surgeon makes very small incisions in the cornea to allow the placement of a tiny cartridge that holds the ICL. After the lens unfolds completely, the surgeon tucks the corners of the lens behind the iris, so that the lens becomes completely invisible. The surgeon then makes one small incision in the iris (the colored part of the eye) to allow fluid to circulate around the lens. The process for each eye takes about 10 to 15 minutes.