When most people start considering vision correction surgery they think LASIK. After all, that is what we all hear and talk about. But here at Providence Eye, we know that one size does not fit all. And for those people who are severely nearsighted LASIK is likely not the appropriate procedure. In this situation, it's best to schedule your personalized vision analysis with our surgeon Dr. Nunnery. During this 2 hour analysis, Dr. Nunnery will consider your current vision, all aspects of your eye, your vision needs and lifestyle. He will then be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for an Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL), sometimes referred to as an implantable contact lens.
If you are deemed an ideal candidate for ICL by Dr. Nunnery, and you have decided that this is the right procedure for you, then it's time to prepare for your exciting day. Approximately 2-3 weeks prior to your ICL surgery you will return to Providence Eye to prepare your eye for the implantation of the Visian ICL. This step is mission-critical to ensure the fluid inside your eye flows properly after the surgery. Dr. Nunnery and our team will provide you with detailed instructions to prepare for your treatment day including but not limited to:
Please follow all instructions as they are important for an optimal outcome.
Your ICL surgery will take place at The Surgery Center at Edgewater located a quick 20 minutes south of our office. All of your appointments up to this point have been at Providence Eye and all of your appointments after surgery will be at Providence Eye. But on this day, you will be going to the surgery center. Your eyes will be dilated which gives Dr. Nunnery access to where the ICL will be placed. You will also receive numbing drops to reduce any discomfort and take away the urge to blink. Please plan to be there for 2 hours, although your procedure will only take about 20-30 minutes. You will need a driver to get you home.
Dr. Nunnery will ask that you wear clear shields to cover your eyes all day on the day of your surgery and then at night or while napping for 1 week. You will come back to Providence Eye the day after your surgery for your one-day post-op appointment. At that point, Dr. Nunnery will most likely clear you to drive and go back to most of your normal daily activities. You will be provided detailed post-operative instructions as that will enable the healing process to go quickly and smoothly. If you have any concerns or feel there are changes in your vision you can always call us as we have a doctor on call 24x7.