New Visian® Toric ICL™ Coming Soon! On September 13, 2018, STAAR Surgical Company, a leading developer and manufacturer of implantable lenses, announced the FDA had granted approval of the Visian® Toric ICL™ for the correction of myopia with astigmatism. This approval represents a meaningful expansion of the Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) product line for the correction of refractive error in patients with both myopia and astigmatism, which are common conditions in the United States (US). Astigmatism affects approximately 30 percent of the population. Hoopes Vision is proud to be one of only ten surgical centers in the United States to participate in the rollout of the new Visian Toric ICL.
Since their introduction in the mid-1990s, LASIK and PRK have helped millions of Americans see better without glasses or contact lenses. Since that time, laser eye surgery technology has constantly progressed, affording better, more consistent results to an ever-broadening range of eligible surgical candidates. However, in spite of all these advances, there is still a significant number of patients who are not good candidates for laser vision correction. Patients with thin or irregularly shaped corneas, extremely high prescriptions, severe dry eye, or any combination of these facts, may not be suitable patients for LASIK or PRK, but may be able to have the Visian® ICL procedure. The FDA’s approval of STAAR’s Visian Toric ICL in the US provides an exciting treatment option for myopic patients with astigmatism in search of visual freedom.
Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about Visian ICL.
WHERE IS THE VISIAN ICL PLACED?
- A qualified ophthalmologist will insert the Visian ICL through a small micro-opening, placing it inside the eye just behind the iris and in front of the eye’s natural lens.
IS THE VISIAN ICL VISIBLE TO OTHERS?
- No. The Visian ICL is positioned behind the iris (the colored part of the eye), where it is invisible to both you and observers. Only your surgeon will be able to tell that vision correction has taken place.
DOES IT HURT?
- No, most patients state they are very comfortable throughout the procedure. Your ophthalmologist will use topical anesthetic drops prior to the procedure and may choose to administer a light sedative as well.
WILL I BE ABLE TO FEEL THE VISIAN ICL ONCE IT’S IN PLACE?
- The Visian ICL is designed to be completely unobtrusive after it is put in place. It stays in position by itself and does not interact with any of the eye’s structures.
A thorough vision correction examination is required to determine if you are a candidate for ICL surgery. Our Draper, Utah office provides complimentary vision correction surgery examinations for patients who have not had previous vision correction surgery and are now considering ICL or laser vision correction surgery.
If you have been told that you are not a good candidate for LASIK and want to learn more about your vision correction options, please contact us. It would be our pleasure to answer any questions you may have and schedule an appointment for you with the appropriate specialist.
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