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With advancements in modern technology and medicine, we now have answers to questions that puzzled scientists for centuries. Diseases that were deadly and incurable seem less threatening now that we’ve found a way to treat them.
In general, there’s a solution to most health problems correcting them as we have never imagined in the past. So, if you have bad vision, the happy dilemma is what method should be used to correct this condition. Well, there are several effective methods, including Visian ICL and LASIK. These methods have been approved by the FDA to be safe and effective. We will elaborate more on these procedures to help you understand which is superior, more suitable, or safer for you.
What is ICL? Well, it stands for Implantable Collamer Lens, also known as Implantable Contact Lens. Unlike other procedures, this surgery is reversible. This means that you can remove or exchange the Collamer lens, at any time after the surgery. The ICL eye surgery is safe, brings results almost immediately, but most importantly, it leaves your eye in its most natural condition while correcting vision. The ICL implant is a very soft lens composed of biocompatible collagen copolymer that is found naturally in the body. There is no rejection of the ICL lens and does not cause irritation or dryness like regular contact lenses.
As mentioned above, ICL corrects vision while leaving the eye in its most natural condition. Thus, there is no cutting of the cornea or tissue removal, altering the shape of your eye. Also, the recovery time is very short. So how is all this possible? To answer that question, let’s first explain how the procedure is done.
Instead of making a big incision on the cornea, as you would in LASIK surgery, the eye surgeon creates a tiny incision, about 2.5 mm in length. This opening will be enough to insert a folded lens, which, once inside the eye, unfolds itself into its original shape. Thus, with a very small incision, your eye heals much faster while getting a great result. ICL surgery recovery time is usually 24 hours, and in most cases, you’ll be ready to go home about an hour after the surgery. You will be able to continue with most of your everyday activities the following day. The great feature of ICL surgery is how fast your vision recovers with a high degree of stability. Thus for most people, the great vision that they attain right after the surgery is the same great vision they will have for many years. The same may not be true with other forms of vision correction surgery such as LASIK.
Here are some of the actual benefits of choosing Visian ICL:
LASIK treatment (Laser-assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) or laser vision correction eye surgery, is the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. So, if you’re wearing glasses for nearsightedness or for any reason other than for age-related reading difficulty, it may be time to consider LASIK laser eye treatment.
The reason why you’re experiencing nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism symptoms is due to the curvature of the cornea which is not in proportion with the length of the eye. Because of this, the light can’t be focused properly as in an eye that does not require glasses. This imbalance between focusing parts of the eye such as the cornea and lens, and the length of the eye, prevent people from seeing well without glasses.
The ophthalmologist can correct this imbalance with LASIK treatment. Using modern laser technology, we can now reshape even the most delicate parts of your eye such as the cornea. By changing the shape of the cornea, the basic focusing functions of the eye are properly restored. The downside of LASIK treatment may be the dryness, glare and halos, and possible change in the vision as you age. While all these symptoms improve with time, some of the symptoms may be permanent. However, with the advancement in laser technology, these symptoms have improved significantly from the earlier days of LASIK.
Here are some benefits of the Lasik treatment:
Any person between the ages of 20 to 40 may be a good candidate for LASIK or the Visian ICL procedure. Whether you’re suffering from nearsightedness or astigmatism, in most cases, you can attain the best correctable vision with either LASIK or ICL. Although ICL has better results in terms of predictability and stability of visual outcome, patients are very happy with correcting eyesight with either procedure. So, if you’re experiencing any of these refractive errors and are just tired of wearing glasses, you should consider these procedures.
With both LASIK and ICL, the entire procedure doesn’t take more than fifteen minutes per eye, and you’re ready to go home the same day. There are rarely any significant complications or side effects.
However, if you had a major change in your eye prescription in the last 12 months, you should wait until your vision becomes stable.
This procedure is FDA approved, with a rate of 99 % satisfaction among patients. The lens is designed to feel natural to the eye, so you won’t even know that it’s there. Unlike contact lenses, you won’t feel an itching sensation or experience dry eyes, for example.
You’ll have a much clearer vision than before; your myopia or astigmatism will be a thing of the past. So with very little negative effects, you can expect the ICL treatment to solve most, if not all of your refractive problems. You’ll feel more focused than before because you’ve never experienced such a clear vision without glasses or contact lenses. Also, you won’t feel or notice that the implant is there, and no one else will either. The ICL implant is completely invisible to the observer.
Both procedures can help you have better sight, but LASIK and ICL correct your vision in different ways. The results are life-changing with either procedure, but you should become familiar with the pros and cons of both LASIK and ICL.
If you’re wondering about the ICL surgery cost, give us a call. Our mission is to provide our patients with the most advanced and personalized eye care at an affordable price.
When you are considering vision correction surgery, you should have several criteria for choosing a procedure to make sure that it is right for you. First and foremost should be safety. Since vision correction surgery is an elective procedure, you want to choose a method that would be safest for you. Next, the precision of the visual outcome, as well as the stability of vision, would be important. The speed of recovery and the cost of the procedure are practical considerations which would also contribute to your decision making. Being able to work as soon as possible is a critical criterion for most people.
So, if you’re wondering how ICL or implantable contact lens satisfies these criteria, you’re in the right place. We’ll explain everything about the ICL, right here.
ICL is made of a substance called Collamer, which is a naturally occurring substance. Since the human eye does not see Collamer as a foreign substance, there is no rejection of ICL. ICL has been removed from the human eye 20 years after implantation, and the examination showed no evidence of degradation or the eye’s reaction to the lens.
ICL eye surgery is done in the office as an outpatient procedure. In the hands of an experienced ICL surgeon, the surgery takes about 15 minutes per eye. This is about the same time that is needed to perform LASIK surgery. ICL eye surgery is done with a local anesthetic, eyedrops, to numb the eyes. No shot or injection is required. Yes, while this means that you are awake during the procedure, there is no pain, and patients are very comfortable throughout ICL surgery. Patients may also take a mild sedative, such as valium, to relax before and during the ICL surgery.
First, the ophthalmologist will make a tiny incision at the edge of the cornea. The incision is less than three millimeters long but wide enough to pass ICL into the eye. Because the incision is so small, the eye will usually heal within a day or two. Once the lens is inside, ICL unfolds on its own. The eye surgeon will then place ICL behind the iris, which is the color part of the eye. As ICL surgery is an outpatient surgery, you’ll be able to go home the same day. Most of the time, patients can see well enough to drive. However, we do not recommend that patients drive on the same day as the surgery.
You will notice a considerable improvement in your vision the moment you step out of the surgery room. You are likely able to see the clock and tell the time. Having a clear vision without glasses or contact lenses for the first time, you’ll likely feel the freedom and confidence that comes from being independent of any visual devices. Already, you can start to focus on all the things that you can do, such as exercising, driving, or any other activities, free from glasses and contact lenses. While you’re free to go home after the ICL surgery, patients are required to return the next day for an examination. This is a standard protocol, and this check-up usually takes less than 15 minutes. The ophthalmologist will check your vision, eye pressure, and other results from the procedure. The surgeon will also evaluate how the eye is recovering, which includes ensuring that the ICL is appropriately placed inside the eye. The patients are told of their results and are given further advice about ICL recovery time and process.
As the ICL surgery is minimally invasive, in most cases, the eye will heal and regain relatively normal function within 24 hours. However, the ICL recovery time and the process can vary among individuals. The ICL surgeon will monitor and advise patients on what to do during the recovery period. This may include modifying the frequency of the eye drops used, such as the antibiotic and steroid. While very rare, an elevation of the eye pressure may be observed. In these cases, the ophthalmologist may give you medications to lower the eye pressure.
Following ICL surgery, you will most likely be very excited about your new-found vision. However, that doesn’t mean that your eyes have fully recovered. You may experience some fluctuations in your vision during your recovery. The medications will help with this and other symptoms.
Just like with any procedure, there can be possible side effects. This is because all of us are unique, and so our body’s response to surgery can vary. When it comes to the ICL surgery, it’s important to understand that the side effects, even when they occur, are reversible in most cases. This reversibility is one of the key differences between ICL and LASIK. If, for any reason, the ICL is not right for you, it can be removed, and your eye will go back to pre-ICL condition.
Here are some possible variabilities in the result that you may encounter:
Unlike LASIK or other laser vision surgeries, ICL surgery does not involve making a flap or removal of corneal tissue. This means that people with thin corneas or high nearsightedness can undergo ICL surgery with a much greater degree of safety and accuracy. This is because ICL surgery is independent of the severity of your nearsightedness. Patients can expect the same degree of success, whether their nearsightedness is very high or low.
Also, ICL surgery does not cause dryness of the eyes. This is because, unlike LASIK or other laser eye surgeries, ICL surgery does not involve cutting the cornea and corneal nerves. This disruption in the natural anatomy and functioning of the eye can lead to dryness. Many people suffer from dryness in the eyes, and it is reassuring to know that ICL surgery will not make this worse.
ICL tends to cost a little more than LASIK surgery. However, the cost difference may not be very significant, especially if you consider all the benefits you get from ICL. Even from the cost point of view, ICL is definitely an option you should consider when looking into vision correction surgeries.
ICL surgery has proven itself to be highly safe and effective. It is the fastest-growing vision correction procedure in the world. Its main advantage lies with the fact that the vision correction is accomplished without altering the natural anatomy or the functioning of the eye.