10 hours after surgery I saw clear as crystal for the first time in 41 years...It was life-altering – Dan Z., Visian ICL patient
Frequently Asked ICL Questions
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ICL - Does it need to be replaced over time
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A biocompatible lens, that works in harmony with your eye.
During EVO Visian ICL surgery, Dr. Maloney or Dr. Shamie will insert a tiny lens made from soft, foldable material containing natural collagen called Collamer®. Because the cornea is actually composed of collagen, this material provides excellent biocompatibility and superior optical quality.
The procedure to implant the lens is simple and painless. After completely numbing the eye, your doctor makes a tiny incision about 1/8 inch wide, at the junction of the cornea and sclera (the white part of the eye). The lens is folded and gently inserted into the eye, where it unfurls. The lens is tucked behind the iris and the procedure is over. No stitches are needed -- the tiny incisions seal themselves. Your eye heals rapidly and by the next day your quality of vision is often excellent – most likely improved to 20/20 or better. Because implantation of EVO Visian ICL does not require any structural alteration of the eye, we find that the results are predictable and very stable.
The EVO Visian ICL is both safe and comfortable.
Unlike traditional contact lenses, no additional maintenance is required for your EVO Visian ICL, and you can expect it to remain permanently in your eye. It won’t dry out or get dirty, and you won’t be able to either see it or feel it.
The ICL lens is extremely well tolerated by the eye. As a substance, it is inert and non-invasive. The body thinks it is part of its normal tissue. You can’t feel it in your eyes. You can’t see it. Nobody around you can see it.
EVO ICL surgery won’t stop your eyes from changing, however, and you can expect to experience the normal vision changes that come with age, such as the need for reading glasses around the age of 45.
Advantages of the EVO Visian ICL over LASIK or PRK
- Quality of Vision – Because the ICL is manufactured to a high level of optical quality, it produces a crispness and clarity of vision that leaves many patients saying, “Wow, I’ve never seen this well.” Night vision is particularly exceptional.
- Biocompatibility – The collagen copolymer material of the ICL is not considered a foreign object by the body’s immune system.
- Comfort -You can’t feel the ICL in your eye.
- Invisibility – No one else can see the ICL in your eye.
- Simplicity- Unlike traditional contact lenses, once the ICL is implanted, there is no additional maintenance needed.
- Removability – The ICL is designed to be permanently placed in the eye. However, the lens can be removed if your vision changes or if it needs to be removed or replaced for any reason.
Who is a candidate for EVO Visian ICL?If you have moderate to high levels of nearsightedness, you are probably a strong candidate for the EVO Visian ICL. If you have lower levels of nearsightedness but you have corneas that are too thin for LASIK, the ICL may be an option for you. In this case, the ICL can correct your vision without the slow recovery you would have with PRK. The ICL doesn’t make your eyes drier, so it can be a good option if you have significant dryness.
Some people aren’t good candidates for the ICL. The ICL can’t correct farsightedness safely. Farsighted people have less room in the front part of their eyes, and there isn’t enough room to fit the lens. If you have a cataract, even a minor one, the ICL is not a good option. Typically the EVO Visian ICL is best suited for people between 21 and 45 years of age. A comprehensive examination with our Vision Correction Specialists will let you know if EVO Visian ICL is the right surgery for you.
What if I have astigmatism?
If you have astigmatism, it means that your eye is oval-shaped instead of perfectly round—more like a football than a basketball. Astigmatism can contribute to blurred vision at multiple focal lengths.
The EVO Visian Toric ICL is used to correct myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. Until recently, ICL patients required a secondary procedure such as limbal-relaxing incisions during ICL surgery or LASIK months after surgery to correct their astigmatism. With the FDA approval of the EVO Visian Toric ICL, implantable contact lens candidates can now have their myopia and astigmatism safely corrected in a single procedure.
"My ability to see at a distance and the clarity of my vision is something that I had never before experienced."
"I have suffered from bad eye sight since I was 8 years old, and have been utilizing some combination of glasses or contacts since that time. However, in recent years my eyes had deteriorated more and more making it difficult to not only see at night but to enjoy seemingly simple tasks.
"I am extremely grateful that I was introduced to Dr. Maloney after my sister (and her entire office) got LASIK on her eyes from him. While I was not a candidate for standard LASIK, I did qualify for ICL, and this procedure has allowed me to (as corny as this sounds) live a much fuller life. My ability to see at a distance and the clarity of my vision is something that I had never before experienced.
"I recently returned from South Africa for the World Cup and a safari, and the ability to be hiking for 5 days in a Game Reserve without dealing with contacts and/or glasses, and with being able to see better than every person in my 8-person group was validation that I made the right decision."Pete Morgan
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Implantable contact lenses can help even those with moderate to severe nearsightedness. If you have been told that you are not a LASIK candidate, or you just don’t know which procedure you need, please come in for a personal consultation. We will use all of our technology to help you decide on the best solution to ensure the best possible outcome for your unique eyes.
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