What is 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.
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 Implantable Contact Lenses?
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 came here for LASIK not long ago and I had an incredible experience! All of the staff were wonderful, the consultation process was thorough and tailored to my individual situation, and it was easy to get in contact with someone if I had questions. The process of getting LASIK at the surgery center was also great, all of the staff I interacted with were awesome and I felt like I was in good hands the whole time. I left with all of my questions answered, and I felt fully prepared to take care of myself post-procedure. I was really appreciative that Dr. Kirk called me later on in the evening to check in and make sure that the acute post-op period went smoothly, and I know who to call if I ever do need anything from them in the coming months. Overall, I would definitely recommend Kirk Eye Center and the surgery center, and I had a very positive experience!"- B.L. / Google / Dec 23, 2022
"Dr Kirk and his staff did a wonderful job from the beginning of my care through the surgical procedures. They are now helping me with my post op and my results are terrific. I am so very pleased, please consider visiting with them for your vision needs."- J.O. / Google / Dec 20, 2022
"I've had both eyes done one in May 2022 and the second one in September 202 2December 2022 my followup. Superb Work, Doctors very Professional and very Professionally Skilled from the Fathers, Uncles and Sons. The Clean Atmosphere floors not dirty, tables were not dusty or dirty. The Reception Desk personnel were very Caring, Warm and Helpful. The Admitting Nurses whether Female or Male was exceptionally Courteous, Kind and Well Trained. Surgical Area Clean, Staff was Exceptionally Caring, Attenative and Warm Hospitable. I Recommend to anyone that if you're fearful, scared out of your wits I can assure you get the Best Surgery and Treatment any one can dream of from Kirk Eye Center in River Forest, Ill."- C.W. / Google / Dec 19, 2022
"Very good procedure and quick results. Į would highly recomend Dr. Tyler Kirk for eye procedures. Surgical center was very organized."- J.L. / Google / Dec 17, 2022
What Are the 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.
What can I expect after ICL?
Following your implantable contact lens procedure, it is more than normal to notice blurred or hazy vision. Your eyes may take a couple of weeks to fully adjust to the new implants. In the first days following your procedure, you will want to avoid getting your eyes wet, whether from the shower, swimming, or other factors. After healing, you can expect your implantable contact lenses to last forever. However, if a change in vision or other circumstances occur, we can also remove them here at Kirk Eye Center in the future if needed.
Implantable Contact Lens FAQ
Are ICLs permanent?
Yes. Results from implantable contact lenses are considered to be permanent. They have proven to be an incredible option for patients who have grown tired of constantly inserting and removing their contact lenses every single day.
How much do implantable contact lenses cost?
The price of implantable contact lenses can vary depending on the patient's unique needs. During your consultation, we can assess your eyes before building out a custom treatment plan and providing you with a detailed cost estimate for the procedure.
Are ICLs safe?
Implantable contact lenses are considered to be very safe and effective. However, in some cases, mild side effects may occur. These include blurry vision, vision loss, and infection. If you notice the signs of any of these conditions, contact Kirk Eye Center immediately.
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