About Visian ICL
If you are nearsighted but are not a candidate for LASIK, Visian ICL may be a good option to help you go glasses-free. Visian ICL (implantable contact lens) is a reversible treatment that involves a lens implanted into your eye to help you see well without the need for glasses or contacts.
Here at Kirk Eye Center, we offer Visian ICL along with LASIK and PRK as options to correct your vision. If you are interested in achieving better vision, give us a call to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Chicago, River Forest, Oak Park, Cicero, Naperville, and nearby areas of Illinois.
What Is Visian ICL?
Visian ICL is an FDA approved surgical treatment to correct nearsightedness. It is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that only takes around fifteen minutes to perform.
During the procedure, your eye will be numbed by drops. An oral sedative may be taken as well to calm anxiety. No general anesthesia is needed for this procedure. A small incision is then made in the eye, and the flexible collamer lens inserted. The incision is so small that it doesn't even require stitches, and you are free to go home right after the procedure. Visian implantable lenses are made of collamer, which is a natural material compatible with your eye.
Most patients find that their vision is almost immediately improved. You will come back for a follow-up visit the next day so that your eye surgeon can check to make sure everything looks good and is healing properly, and you can then go about your normal day with improved vision.
Who Is A Candidate For Visian ICL?
Visian ICL is often a good choice for patients who are not candidates for LASIK. It is an appropriate treatment for patients who:
- Have dry eyes
- Have thin corneas
- Have severe nearsightedness
These conditions often prevent LASIK treatment, but they are not deterrents to Visian ICL. In addition, good Visian ICL candidates:
- Are in general good health
- Do not have any eye diseases
- Are between the ages of 21 and 45
- Do not have significant astigmatism
- Have stable vision
Visian ICL can correct a wider range of nearsightedness than LASIK. You can have this procedure with a prescription of up to -20D.
"Great overall experience with my Lasik procedure for both my eyes. Dr. Kirk & the staff were fantastic throughout the entire process. I'm so pumped that I don't have to wear contacts or glasses ever again!"- B.M. / Google / Jun 19, 2020
"I had ICL surgery done on May the 26th ( two weeks ago) and words can't express my gratitude to Dr Kent Kirk, he gave me my vision back. The staff members are so competent. The front desk staff are always welcoming. Joyce Wolter the Surgical Manager is extremely helpful. The staff at the surgery center are very efficient. Dr. Kent Kirk is amazing, extremely professionaI, knowledgeable and friendly. I am so happy with my experience at Kirk Eye Center @ River Forest. Thalia Lopez"- A. / Google / Jun 10, 2021
"I had ICL surgery done two weeks ago and words can’t express my gratitude to Dr Kent Kirk, he gave me my vision back. The staff members are so competent. The front desk staff are always welcoming. Joyce Wolter the Surgical Manager is extremely helpful. The staff at the surgery center are very efficient. Dr. Kent Kirk is amazing, extremely professionaI, knowledgeable and friendly. I am extremely happy with my experience in Kirk Eye Center @ River Forest. Thalia Lopez"- A.G. / Yelp / Jun 09, 2021
"Kirk Eye Center is a wonderful office with absolutely amazing doctors. I have had experiences with a lot of the office staff and most of the doctors that work here and they are as nice as they come. Having a surgery center connected to the main office building is extremely convenient for cataract surgery too!"- L.B. / Google / Jun 08, 2021
"Love the Optical Center at Kirk Eye Center. Great service and personal attention."- M.O. / Google / Jun 03, 2021
Benefits Of Visian ICL
With a Visian ICL procedure, you can enjoy life without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses. Sports, travel, makeup application, and even just waking up in the morning become much easier and less stressful. Broken glasses and lost contact lenses become a thing of the past.
Additional benefits of the Visian implantable collamer lens include:
- Reduced risk of dry eye syndrome: There is a small risk of dry eye syndrome after LASIK, due to the laser corneal flap creation. As Visian ICL does not require flap creation with a laser, the chance of dry eye is reduced.
- UV protection: The Visian collamer lens provides built-in UV protection that treatments such as LASIK or PRK do not offer.
- Removable: Visian ICL is a reversible process, so if your prescription changes or you simply want to remove the lens and go back to glasses, it is possible to change the lens or remove it completely.
Schedule Your Visian ICL Consultation
If you are interested in improving your vision, contact the Kirk Eye Center today to schedule your consultation and find out if Visian ICL is the right treatment for you. Our experienced eye surgeons serve patients in the Chicago area, including River Forest, Oak Park, Cicero, and Naperville.