Am I a Candidate for Visian ICL?

Ophthalmologist & LASIK Surgeon Serving Chicago, Lombard & Naperville areas of Illinois

Posted: July 1, 2019

Eyes after Visian ICLIf you're tired of wearing glasses or contacts constantly, you're not alone. Millions of people have sought the freedom that comes with being able to see clearly from the moment they wake up. For decades, people turned to LASIK when they wanted that liberation, but not everyone is a candidate for laser eye surgery.

Until September 2018, those people were out of luck. Then the FDA approved Visian ICL, the implantable contact lens that offers long-term vision correction to people who aren't candidates for other procedures. Here is a guide to how the treatment works and what could make you a candidate.

What is Visian ICL?

The Visian ICL is a lens made from purified collagen and the silicone hydrogel that standard contact lenses are made of. It also contains an ultraviolet light filter. During your procedure, your surgeon will numb your eyes with anesthetic eye drops, create tiny micro-incisions in your corneas, and implant the lens between your iris and your eye's natural lens.

The lens will be folded before your surgeon inserts it. It will naturally unfold as it's placed in your eye. After it's unfolded, your surgeon will conceal the edges of the lens behind your iris. The entire procedure should take less than 30 minutes. You will notice results immediately, and you should reach maximum improvement within 24 hours.

What Makes a Visian ICL Candidate?

The ideal candidate for Visian ICL:

  • Is between the ages of 21 and 45
  • Is nearsighted
  • Is not currently pregnant
  • Is free of cataracts and other eye issues
  • Has astigmatism

Why Might Someone be Ineligible for LASIK?

There are a number of reasons why someone may not be a good LASIK candidate. LASIK involves reshaping your cornea with a laser to change how it refracts light. Because of that, these issues may disqualify you from laser eye surgery:

  • Dry eyes
  • Corneal scarring
  • Insufficient corneal thickness
  • Moderate to severe astigmatism
  • Autoimmune diseases

Even if you don't struggle with any of these problems, you may also want to consider Visian ICL over LASIK if you play sports, especially contact sports. LASIK patients must wait four to six weeks after surgery before they resume athletic activities. Sustaining a blow to the head or eye region could increase your risk of complications after LASIK. Because Visian ICL has a shorter recovery period, it will allow you to get back into your active routine more quickly.

Schedule Your Chicago Visian ICL Consultation Today

Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Richard Foulkes has more than 20 years of experience helping his patients attain the freedom of clear vision. He serves Naperville, Lombard, Downers Grove, and nearby areas of Chicago. Call (630) 724-1400 today to set up a consultation.