Visian ICL eye surgery (Implantable Contact Lens) is an alternative to procedures like LASIK and PRK. It is used to treat moderate to severe myopia (nearsightedness).
Many refractive procedures improve visual acuity (20/20 is considered normal), but the quality of your vision may vary significantly based on which procedure you choose. The Visian ICL offers vision correction that’s clearer, sharper, more vivid, and has greater depth and dimension than other procedures. It’s a simple 15-minute outpatient procedure and patients are “WOWed” by the results, seeing immediate improvement in the quality of their vision.
You are an ideal candidate for Visian ICL eye surgery if you are between the ages of 21 and 45 and have had consistent prescriptions for the last 12 months.
You will meet with Dr. Ilan Cohen in our state-of-the-art facilities at the 5th Avenue Eye Center in New York or New Jersey. During your screening exam, he will make sure Visian ICL is right for you. During your consultation, Dr. Cohen will examine your eyes, take measurements of various elements and suggest the best course of action for you to get the sharpest vision at the lowest risk. If Visian ICL eye surgery is the best option for you, we will set up a surgery date.
About one to two weeks prior to the insertion of the Visian ICL, Dr. Cohen will perform a YAG laser iridotomy. During this procedure, he will use a YAG laser to make one or two small openings near the edge of your iris, which is the colored part of the eye. These openings serve as outlets that will allow the fluid in your eye to circulate around the lens. The holes made by the YAG laser are typically not visible to the naked eye.
Prior to creating the small openings in the eye with the laser, Dr. Cohen will apply numbing drops to make the procedure more comfortable. He will then prescribe eye drops for you to use during the weeks leading up to the Visian ICL eye surgery.
Just prior to your Visian ICL procedure, Dr. Cohen will numb your eye with drops. You may also be given the option of taking a mild sedative prior to the procedure to help you relax. Dr. Cohen will make one or two small openings at the base of your cornea that will be used to position the lens.
Next, Dr. Cohen will place a gel-like substance inside your eye to protect the eye during lens placement. This gel will be removed at the end of the procedure. After placing the gel, a small opening will be made, through which the lens will be inserted.
Prior to the Visian ICL eye surgery, your corrective lens was selected based on your individual prescription. The lens was folded and loaded into a small cartridge which will now be placed through the incision. As the lens is inserted, it will gently unfold in your eye.
Once the lens has fully unfolded, the four corners of the lens will be placed behind your iris and in front of the crystalline lens. This type of positioning allows the iris to function normally and reduces the risk of complications associated with vision correction surgery. The incisions will not require sutures, but will heal themselves.
We are the only center in the greater New York and New Jersey area that can do both of your eyes on the same day. This is because of the great deal of expertise and comfort Dr. Cohen has acquired with Visian ICL surgery.
It takes about 15 minutes per eye from the time that you enter the operating room until you come out. The result is excellent quality of vision, and most patients can see clearly within a few hours.
After surgery, you will be given antibiotic, anti-inflammatory eye drops and return to the recovery room with your eyes open. Since Visian ICL is an outpatient procedure, you can go home shortly after resting for a bit. You will not be allowed to drive, so bring someone with you to drive you home. You can expect to rest for the remainder of the day and can often resume normal activities as soon as that same night. You will also be given a protective eye shield to wear at night to guard the eye from accidental injury or rubbing while you sleep.
Within 24 hours of undergoing the Visian ICL surgery, you will have a follow-up visit with Dr. Cohen. He will monitor the eye’s internal pressure and will discuss your progress.
Most patients see the maximum effects of Visian ICL surgery one to seven days after the procedure. And, although you can resume normal activities within 24 hours of surgery, your eye will actually take four to eight weeks to fully heal.
One of the benefits of Visian ICL is its reversibility. If you experience any trouble after the surgery, you can have the lenses removed or replaced at any time.