Dr. Kenneth Maverick and James Lehmann have years of experience with the Visian ICL. In fact, they believe in the technology so much that Dr. Maverick’s brother underwent the procedure four years ago. His brother was -10.00! That means he could only see an inch away from his face, and now he works and lives without any glasses.
The Visian ICL is a thin, biocompatible lens that is inserted behind the iris, in front of the natural lens. It is recommended for patients with moderate to severe nearsightedness.
We perform the Visian ICL surgery in a sterile operating room with an anesthesiologist and registered nurses present to monitor the patient. Our utmost concerns are patient comfort and safety. Some of our colleagues in San Antonio perform the surgery in their laser suite. We feel that since it is an intraocular procedure, it should be performed in a sterile operating room. That is how we would want the surgery for our family and friends, and at Focal Point Vision, our patients are family and friends.
Visian ICL FAQ
What is the Visian ICL?
ICL stands for “implantable collamer lens,” a very thin, biocompatible lens that can be placed inside into the eye, between the natural lens and the iris. It is used to correct nearsightedness (from -4 Diopters and higher). The lens is made of a biocompatible substance called “collamer” which is very well tolerated by the eye, and the ICL is positioned so that it does not touch any intraocular structures.
Who is a good candidate for ICL surgery?
A good candidate is someone between 21-45 years old who is nearsighted and has otherwise healthy eyes.
Is the ICL better than LASIK or PRK?
This is difficult question to answer because it depends on the patient. The ICL does not require any changes to the cornea, so it is ideal for patients with thin or irregular corneas. Also, the ICL can treat patients as high as -18.00! LASIK and PRK cannot treat anywhere this amount of nearsightedness. In patients -6.00 and above, there are studies that suggest that the ICL gives better vision than LASIK or PRK.
What happens on the day of surgery?
The procedure is performed at a surgery center, in a sterile operating room with an anesthesiologist and RNs present to make sure that the patient is sedated and comfortable. Patients are given IV sedation prior to surgery, similar to the type of sedation used in oral surgery.
The eyes are numbed with anesthetic eye drops, and the ICL is inserted through a tiny incision in the cornea. It is positioned between the iris and natural lens, and stitches are usually not needed. The procedure lasts 10-15 minutes for each eye, and the patient returns home the same day.
Is the surgery or recovery painful?
There is minimal pain at the time of surgery and during the recovery period, very similar to LASIK. Patients often have mild irritation, sensitivity to light, and a moderate headache the night after surgery.
What is the follow-up like?
Similar to LASIK and PRK, patients are seen one day, one week, and one month after surgery. Eye drops are used for 3 weeks after surgery, and eye protection is worn at night for the first week. Strenuous activity is limited during the first week, but patients are able to resume the vast majority of their usual activities after that time.
How quickly will my vision improve?
Similar to LASIK, improvement is rapid, and most patients have excellent vision the day after surgery.
Is there any maintenance needed after ICL surgery?
No. If the patient desires, the ICL can stay in place for life, and no maintenance is needed. If the patient needs eye surgery later in life for any other reason (for example, cataract surgery in older age), the ICL can be easily and safely removed at that time. We recommend a yearly check-up.
To learn more about Focal Point Vision, or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (210) 614-3600.