Imagine being able to enjoy life without worrying about your glasses or contacts. The Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) by STAAR®Surgical Company offers you freedom from nearsightedness. With the Visian ICL, you could enjoy the beauty of a sunset, go swimming and observe amazing scenes, or simply sit anywhere in a movie theater without having to fuss with glasses or contacts. Introducing a solution for patients with high amounts of nearsightedness. The ICL is a revolutionary refractive lens that can correct vision up to –15 diopters of nearsightedness. The ICL procedure has been repeatedly improved through years of studies and continued refinement. This lens is a posterior chamber implant that is situated behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens. It is also known as a Phakic IOL. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that a patient has surgery and leaves the same day.
Prior to the surgery, an ophthalmologist surgeon will make two microscopic holes in the iris. Your eye will be numbed with a light topical or local anesthetic. Once the eye is numbed the surgeon will make 2 side port incisions and one main temporal incision that is critical to the insertion process. Next, the surgeon will insert the ICL through the main temporal incision and place the lens behind the iris and in front of the crystalline lens. This insertion procedure is typically performed one eye at a time. There is very little discomfort and normally no pain associated with the procedure. Some drops or oral medication may be prescribed and a visit is usually scheduled the day after surgery. Patients will be advised to arrange for someone to drive them to and from surgery.
Are you a Candidate for Visian ICL?
Individuals who suffer from extreme nearsightedness now have a solution for their poor vision. The ICL provides an opportunity for those individuals who are not candidates for LASIK eye surgery. Some people cannot have LASIK for reasons ranging from high prescriptions to thin corneas. The ICL will now give these patients the opportunity to experience the same lifestyle change that LASIK has brought to millions.
You’re likely a good candidate for the ICL if:
- You have extreme to moderate nearsightedness
- You have thin corneas and are not a LASIK candidate
- You have a history of dry eye
- You have large pupils
My experience with The Nielsen Eye Center was incredible. The staff, especially, I found to be extremely helpful and informative about the procedures. I felt like I was treated with utmost respect. Dr. Nielsen himself was fantastic. If I had to do this again, I would not think twice about it, and I have already recommended The Nielsen Eye Center to so many people. On the days of my surgeries, the nurses as well as other staff members were all wonderful. What a world of change it has been literally since having this procedure. My vision continues to improve with time and I am very happy with my results.
Stephanie Danger Dorchester MA. VISIAN ICL PATIENT
I’ve worn glasses since the age 4. I remember being in Niagara Falls and holding onto my glasses so they would not fall off as I looked out on the scenery! At age 16 I got contacts and thought that was “freedom” from glasses. Now 25 years later I have real freedom!! I CAN SEE CLEARLY!!! I had moderate near-sightedness and astigmatism so I was very dependent upon my contacts and glasses. The Visian ICL implants are true freedom! I was evaluated for LASIK and similar procedures a few times, but was told my corneas were too thin for the correction needed. I was extremely disappointed and gave up on the option of being “glasses/contact free” until I heard about Visian ICL. What a world of difference! I see things in a whole new way! Everything looks crisper and brighter! The list of things I don’t have too do anymore is long, but the things I have the freedom too do now are endless!! I worried I would feel the lenses implanted like I had felt my contacts on top of the eye, but it’s been 6 months and never once have I felt any discomfort! I have even forgotten I wore contacts until I found an old bottle of unused solution the other day!! I am elated everyday I wake up and can READ my alarm clock! I used to have to take the time to put the lenses in before I could do things in the mornings and now, I just don’t even think about it! I get up and GO!
The entire office staff was extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the procedure and what too expect. Dr. Nielsen is so patient, answering endless questions! I have and will continue to recommend the procedure to friends and family! This was one of the best things I have done for myself! Thank you to Dr. Nielsen and his entire staff!!!
Jean Gaudet Weymouth MA. VISIAN ICL PATIENT