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Visian Implantable Contact Lens, Now with Astigmatism Correction

As an alternative to LASIK, the most exciting advancement for vision correction has arrived. Implantable lenses, long used for the treatment of cataracts, are now available for patients seeking vision correction.

If you have moderate to severe myopia with or without astigmatism, you now have a new option to break free of glasses and contact lenses.

Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center is offering the newly FDA-approved implantable contact lens that works well for many patients who aren’t good candidates for LASIK surgery.

The Visian Toric Implantable Collamer® Lens, also known as Implantable Contact Lens (ICL), can provide sharp, clear vision, even for people with severe myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. Both myopia and astigmatism can be corrected in one simple 15-minute procedure.

As a world-renowned research and educational facility, our team of ICL expert Surgeons have been performing ICL procedures for more than ten years and have implanted more ICLs than nearly any other clinic in the United States.

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What are Visian ICLs?

The implantable lenses, made by STAAR Surgical, are made of Collamer. It is an advanced biocompatible material meant to be in the eye for long-lasting vision correction.

Our expert surgeons place the lens in the eye behind the iris (the colored part of the eye) and in front of the patient’s natural lens. The procedure takes less than 15 minutes per eye and can correct astigmatism and myopia at the same time.

Unlike LASIK surgery, implantable lenses don’t change the shape of the cornea. Plus, Visian ICLs can be removed and replaced if your vision changes.

What are the benefits of Visian ICL?

Visian ICL can be a great option if you don’t like wearing glasses or contacts, but don’t want to have LASIK surgery or aren’t a good candidate for it. Benefits include:

    • High satisfaction rates, of over 98%. *
    • Lower risk of side effects, such as halos, glare, or dry eyes, than with other procedures.
    • Reversibility—if your vision changes, the lenses can be removed.
    • Improved night driving with improved contrast sensitivity.
    • Built in UV protection filter.
    • Freedom from the expense and hassle of glasses and contact lenses.
    • Correction for severe levels of myopia and astigmatism that can’t be fixed with LASIK.

More and more of the patients who come to Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center choose the Visian ICL™ because of its clear advantages over glasses, contacts, and, in some cases, LASIK and PRK. The Visian implantable contact lens is completely removable and replaceable.

If your prescription changes dramatically in the years following the implantation procedure, the lenses can be removed easily with no ill effects. Most patients who receive the Visian ICL™, however, never need to have any maintenance on the lenses at all. Because implantable corrective lenses do not disturb or change the corneal surface at all, side effects sometimes seen with LASIK such as halos, glare, and corneal flap complications are eliminated.

Possibly the biggest advantage of the Visian ICL™ is that more patients than ever before are able to undergo surgical vision correction. People, who cannot undergo LASIK, such as those with thin corneas, chronically dry eyes, or extreme refractive error, can enjoy the benefits of the Visian ICL™.


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Are you a Visian ICL candidate?

Many people who can’t benefit from LASIK surgery may be able to achieve better vision with Visian ICL. It’s a good option for people who:

  • Are between 21 and 45 years old.
  • Have moderate to severe levels of myopia with or without astigmatism.
  • Have dry eyes, thin corneas, or large pupils.
  • Want the flexibility to remove the lenses if their vision changes.
  • Have no history of diseases such as iritis, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy.

How safe is Visian Toric ICL?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved use of the Visian ICL and Visian Toric ICL after the study that started in 2006. As recognized leaders in providing medical and surgical eye care, Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center participated in the research that led to the FDA approval.

The lenses have been approved for use in 63 other countries and used successfully in 900,000 people worldwide.

While there are always risks with surgery, the chances of side effects affecting vision are lower with Visian ICL than with some other eye surgeries because it requires no alterations to the cornea. The procedure is also reversible.

Satisfaction rates are high. The FDA approved the procedure based on a study showing that 98.4% of patients would have the Visian ICL surgery again and 94.6% of patients reported excellent or very good vision quality with the lenses. *

The doctors at Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center have been performing Visian ICL procedures for more than ten years. Our doctors have the most experience in the Southwest with over 1,500 ICLs implants. Now with the addition of the Visian Toric ICL, astigmatism can be corrected at the same time as myopia

Dr. Scott Perkins at Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center in Phoenix was one of the first surgeons in the country and the first surgeon in the Southwest to perform a latest Visian Toric ICL procedure.

“As one of the most experienced Visian ICL surgeons in the country, I am excited to see the addition of Visian Toric ICL to my options for patients,” Dr. Perkins says. “At Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center, we provide a personalized option for each patient to achieve the freedom from glasses and contact lenses.”

What is the Visian ICL procedure like?

A Visian Toric ICL implant is an outpatient surgery, meaning you’ll go home the same day. Make sure you come with someone who can drive you home because your vision won’t be entirely clear by the time you leave our office.

The procedure itself should take less than 15 minutes per eye, but plan on being in the office for about two hours because you’ll be given vision tests before and after.

For the actual surgery, you’ll be lying down comfortably, and the doctor will put anesthetic drops in your eyes to numb them. We’ll use an eyelid holder to prevent you from blinking during the procedure.

The doctor will make a small incision—about 3 mm long—to the side of the cornea and insert the new lens in this slit. The tiny opening will heal and self-seal quickly. Most patients have minimal discomfort during or after surgery.

What can I expect after getting Visian ICLs?

You’ll go home with some eye drops and eye shields. You’ll wear the eye shields while you sleep for about a week to keep you from rubbing your eyes during sleep.

We’ll have you come back for an exam the next day to see how you’re doing and test your vision again. You should be able to return to your normal activities the day after surgery.

You won’t be able to feel the lens after it is implanted, and others won’t be able to see it.

How can I find out more about ICLs?

To learn whether you’d be a good candidate for Visian ICL or the new Visian Toric ICL, make an appointment for a free consultation. A thorough ophthalmic exam will help us determine if the procedure is right for you or if another option would be better.

Schedule an exam at one of our practices in Phoenix, Tucson or Flagstaff today.

* STAAR Surgical Visian Toric Implantable Collamer Lens PMA Supplement P030016 Ophthalmic Devices Advisory Panel, March 14, 2014.

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