Staar Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) offers another solution to permanently correct refractive vision problems, such as myopia. Staar Visian ICL™ is a surgical alternative to other refractive laser procedures, such as LASIK or LASEK. It can even be performed for high nearsightedness when Lasik eye surgery is not possible for safety reasons. It is FDA approved for use in Los Angeles.
The VISIAN ICL is a refractive phakic implant intended for placement in the posterior chamber of the eye. This is the region between the colored part of the eye or Iris and the clear natural lens. The approved models are indicated for the correction of myopia or nearsightedness in adults of the age group 21 to 45 years with myopia ranging from -3.0 to less than or equal to -20.0 diopters with astigmatism less than or equal to 2.5 diopters at the spectacle plane. This can allow the the reduction of myopia in adults with myopia ranging from greater than -15.0 to -20.0 diopters with astigmatism less than or equal to 2.5 diopters at the spectacle plane, in patients 21 to 45 years of age. The anterior chamber depth (ACD) 3.00 mm or greater is optimal. This is the distance form the cornea to the natural lens. Another point of importance is that a stable refractive history within 0.5 diopters for one year prior to implantation is necessary.
The Visian ICL are also termed as Implantable contact lens. They are similar to other refractive lenses, but they differ in the material used to create them. The collamer used to create the Staar Visian ICL™ is biocompatible, making it better for the eye than other Implantable Lenses made from acrylic or silicone.
The procedure used with Staar Visian™ ICLs is very similar to cataract surgery. During cataract surgery, the eyes’ natural lens is removed and an Intra-Ocular Lens (IOL) is implanted in its place. During surgery for the Staar Visian ICL™, the lens is placed between the eye’s natural lens and the iris (the colored part of your eye).
“My vision is better than I could have ever imagined. This is something anyone who has had problems with vision has to experience for themselves.”
Ammie Duer (KVI Patient)
The Staar Visian ICL™ is implanted through a very small incision made in the cornea. The softness of the Staar Visian ICL™ allows it to be folded, making the necessary incision smaller than what is needed during other ICL procedures.
The Staar Visian ICL™ stays in place using four, specialized corners, called haptics. These haptics are attached directly to the iris. With the ICL in place, it helps refract light correctly into the eye, allowing you to see more clearly.
Recovery is quick after Collamer ICL procedure. Most people return to work in a day or two.
Lasik may be an option if you are a candidate. If you are above fifty years of age than PIE may be your choice of getting rid of dependancy on glasses and contact lenses.
There are two important risks of the ICL implant procedure. Cataract may occur in a few. That is why the Anterior chamber depth has to measured and found satisfactory. The surgeon has to be skilled and do the surgery very delicately without damaging the natural lens. Angle Closure Glaucoma is another important side effect. This can be prevented by making two channels in the colored part of the eye. Less common side effects include corneal edema, glare.
If you are far sighted, that means you need glasses for far and near you are not eligible for ICL. FDA has not approved ICL for Hyperopic patients. Also if you are above 50 or have cataracts than you may have other choices.
If you would like to learn more about the Staar Visian ICL™ procedure, please contact The Khanna Institute today to schedule a free vision screening (661) 495-2020. We serve patients throughout the Los Angeles area, with offices in Beverly Hills and Westlake Village, California.