Visian ICL: An Alternative to LASIK

Some patients simply aren’t suitable for refractive procedures like LASIK or PRK because of their eye health or eye anatomy. Conditions such as severe nearsightedness, thin corneas, large pupils or persistent dry eye are red flags to Dr. Mozayeni and Dr. Nunnery. The good news is that LASIK isn’t the only vision correction option available here at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists.

An excellent alternative is the Implantable Collamer® Lens (ICL). Dr. Nunnery here at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists is delighted to offer Visian® ICLs in Charlotte, NC to help more of his patients achieve the clear vision they desire. In fact, clinical trials have shown a 99% patient satisfaction rate with these lenses, providing sharp vision. There have been over 1 million Visian ICL procedures performed worldwide.

How Do ICLs Work?

Sometimes called implantable contact lens, the biocompatible ICL is placed between your iris and natural lens via ultra-small corneal incisions. This differs from LASIK in that there is no corneal tissue removed from the eye in order to reshape the cornea. Instead, the vision-correcting lens is implanted into the eye.

Before the procedure, your eye is numbed with a topical or local anesthetic to block sensations of pain. It is performed in our office, as an outpatient procedure. The Visian ICL is designed to remain in your eye indefinitely. However, if complications develop or if your vision begins to change, it can be easily removed and replaced by one of our expert surgeons.

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Benefits of Visian ICLs

  • Doesn’t permanently alter the structure of the eye
  • Flexible, biocompatible Collamer lens syncs perfectly with the eye’s natural movements
  • Minimizes risk of dry eye
  • Provides an extra UV protection layer to the eye
  • Permanent placement, but with an option for replacement if problems arise
  • Short, minimally invasive procedure that takes just 20-30 minutes
  • Immediate results for many patients
  • Unnoticeable

Is a Visian ICL right for you?

If you’re tired of wearing glasses or contacts – or if you have been told you are not a good candidate for LASIK vision correction – contact us to schedule a personalized vision analysis with our team. After a comprehensive evaluation of your eyes, Dr. Mozayeni and Dr. Nunnery may determine that you are, in fact, a good candidate for Visian ICLs.

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