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LASIK Or Visian ICL: How To Choose A Vision Correction Solution

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Picking a vision correction procedure can be a very significant decision. We will explain the benefits of the LASIK and Visian ICL procedures to see which surgery might be a good solution for your vision issues.

Applicants for vision correction procedures are adults between the ages of 18 and 40 with stable vision for one year before the surgery. LASIK and Visian ICL are potentially excellent solutions for people looking to improve their vision and remove their need for glasses or contacts. Both the LASIK and Visian ICL procedures are completed in-office with minor discomfort, and patients are typically seeing clearly within 24-48 hours after the procedure is completed.

LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in-Situ Keratomileusis. It is a process that fixes vision of people who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. LASIK permanently changes the shape of the cornea, this allows light to focus more clearly on the retina. The effect should allow you to see better and without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

If a patient is not able to get LASIK due to thin corneas or dry eyes, another potential option for for vision correction is with the Visian Implantable Collamer Lens. You should speak to your doctor about dry eyes syndrome treatment. The implantable lenses are built from bio-compatible materials collagen and polymer. It is commonly referred to as ICL, the implantable contact lens, the C officially stands for Collamer. ICL was approved by the FDA in 2004 and is able to treat myopia and high levels of nearsightedness.

When light enters the nearsighted eye, it does not reach the retina because the cornea bends the light too much. This translates into the images being blurry. Some type of vision correction is needed to see clearly. The ICL focuses the light entering the eye on the retina so that the brain receives a clear image.

For the ICL surgery, a tiny micro-incision is created near the cornea to insert the implantable contact lens behind the colored part of the eye, this is known as the iris. The lenses are totally invisible after they are implanted and patients should not feel anything. The ICL procedure is entirely reversible and also enhances UV protection for the eyes. This can mean improved protection against dry eye syndrome. Because ICL is a removable solution, your prescription can be changed if needed.


  • Visian ICL needs to be removed by age 40.
  • ICL’s do not correct astigmatism the way LASIK can.
  • ICL usually costs more than LASIK surgery.
  • ICL surgery has more risks associated with it than LASIK does.

A post-operative appointment will be arranged for a day after either the LASIK or Visian ICL surgery. Your eyes will be checked and the doctor will test your vision refraction. It is recommended that you do not do much activity and take a few days off of work so that your body can recover.

LASIK and ICL can both be good solutions for offering patients independence from contact lenses and glasses.

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