Dr. Andrew Feinberg and Dr. Evan D. Schoenberg have extensive experience with the STAAR Visian ICL, a proven, reversible way to correct moderate to high nearsightedness and astigmatism. At any time, give us a call at (404) 531-9988 to schedule your evaluation and ask any questions you may have.
What is the Visian ICL?
The Visian ICL, also known as the implantable collamer lens, is a lens to correct nearsightedness and/or astigmatism. The collamer base of the lens material is 100% biocompatible, meaning it is designed to function in harmony with your body’s chemistry.It provides high quality, no-compromise vision correction via a microscopic lens placed behind your iris (the colored part of your eye) that you can’t see or feel. What you will see, however, is nearly immediate vision improvement!
It is sometimes thought of as an “alternative to LASIK,” and to some extent that is true, as LASIK is the best choice for many people with low to moderate nearsightedness or astigmatism. However, as described below, ICL can be the ideal approach for people with higher prescriptions and can also a better choice than LASIK even with low prescriptions. Our experience with ICL is one of the many reasons Georgia Eye Partners is your best choice for vision correction in the Atlanta area: we can offer you a customized solution to fit your eyes and your needs.
The Visian ICL is a simple 15-minute outpatient procedure that has a fast recovery time. One main difference that separates Visian ICL from LASIK and PRK is that the Visian ICL does not use a laser to reshape the corneal surface of the eye, so it is actually reversible simply by removing the lens.
Am I a Candidate?
The best way to know if Visian ICL or Visian Toric ICL is right for you is to schedule a consultation. You may be an excellent candidate if you:
- Are between the ages of 21 and 45
- Are nearsighted, a.k.a. myopic (-3 D up to -20 D)
- Optionally have astigmatism (up to -4 D)
ICL can be used for patients suffering from dry eye, with thin or abnormal corneas, and in many other situations which might preclude LASIK. Dr. Schoenberg even combines ICL in select cases with INTACS and other keratoconus treatments!
The recovery time for the Visian ICL is very quick, comfortable, and may be as little as a day, due to the small size of the incision made during the procedure. The tiny incision needed to implant the foldable Visian ICL is located on the far edge of the cornea, where there is little danger of it interfering with vision. Once the lens is implanted, sutures are typically not needed to close the incision, further simplifying the procedure.
Precise Vision Correction with a Legacy of Success
Visian ICL has been approved in Europe since 1997 and in the U.S. since 2005. In 2018, the addition of the Visian Toric ICL expanded the range of vision which be treated directly with the lens to include up to 4 diopters of astigmatism. Higher degrees of astigmatism can even be treated by combining the ICL with other procedures. In 2019, we celebrated along with the international vision correction community an important milestone: over 1,000,000 Visian ICLs implanted to date, with studies showing a 99% patient satisfaction rate!