While wearing glasses can be stylish, they can also be inconvenient, particularly in the middle of the night or if you’re in a hurry. Even worse, misplacing glasses or cracking a lens can set your daily function back significantly. While contact lenses might be a good alternative, experts like Dr. Patel at Wichita Vision Institute in Wichita, KS know that corrective eye surgery like Visian ICL can simplify your life and offer true vision correction.
What Is Visian ICL?
Visian ICL is a type of corrective eye surgery that inserts a biocompatible corrective lens over the top part of the eye to restructure the cornea and correct the way the eye bends light. Many vision problems are caused by incorrect light refraction that distorts shapes and makes it more difficult to see, and while corrective lenses and contacts can mitigate some of these issues, a permanent solution is always a superior choice.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Visian ICL is a revolutionary surgery that is growing more popular around the world. You can think of this treatment as something between the corrective lenses placed after cataract surgery and standard LASIK. However, unlike LASIK, this treatment does not focus on reshaping the cornea; instead, this surgery places a corrective lens over the eye to function as a permanent form of contact lens that is compatible with the body’s natural structure.
Visian ICL is an out-patient procedure that can be completed within 15 minutes and produces immediate vision improvement after recovery. This treatment is sometimes offered by itself or is part of a treatment plan that includes other LVC corrective procedures. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your vision needs and the natural structure of your eye so you can enjoy permanently improved vision.
What Can Visian Help With?
Just like LASIK, this treatment can correct a variety of vision concerns. In particular, Visian is appropriate for the correction of high astigmatism or those who have glasses prescriptions of strengths that are too high for other corrective eye procedures. This treatment is appropriate for those who have moderate to severe myopia, as well, and those who have different vision problems in each eye.
How Does This Treatment Work?
This treatment works by implanting the biologically compatible collamer lens between the iris and the natural eye lens. No tissue is removed with this treatment, which means this treatment is less traumatic for the eye than other corrective procedures. Your treatment will involve the use of numbing eye drops, and you will have a short 24 to 48-hour downtime where you should rest your eyes after the procedure.
What Happens After Your Treatment?
Although your vision will be restored as soon as the next day after your Visian treatment, you will still need to follow certain aftercare instructions to ensure that your eyes heal well.
For example, one of the most important instructions to follow is to wear an eye shield at night so that you won’t rub or touch your eyes during your sleep. You will also need to attend a follow-up appointment with Dr. Patel to assess how well you are recovering and assess the quality of your new vision.
How Quick Are Visian Results?
The results of Visian are much faster than other corrective procedures, including LASIK. In fact, most patients are recovered well enough to see perfectly within 24 hours. You will be able to drive yourself around and engage in all of your normal daily activities the day after your treatment, making the results of this treatment one of the quickest around.
How Long Do Results Last?
The results of this treatment are intended to be permanent. The corrective lenses that are placed in your eyes are tailored to your vision needs, and since you are not removing the lens, it’s likely that your current vision correction quality will not change for several years. The longevity of this treatment makes it more affordable and a wiser investment in the long-term since it’s not likely the treatment will need to be repeated.
Is This Treatment Better Than LASIK?
Visian and LASIK are on the same level in terms of efficacy for surgical vision correction. That said, LASIK has very specific standards for who is eligible for treatment, and Visian has significantly more leeway for potential patients. Because Visian is becoming a more popular option and because the quality of your vision correction should not change after this procedure, some feel that this treatment is a superior choice.
Ultimately, whether or not this treatment is better than LASIK will depend on your specific vision needs and the amount of correction you require to enjoy crisp, clear vision for the long-term.
Will This Treatment Irritate Your Eye?
No. Although this treatment uses lenses that are similar to contact lenses, the fact that the placement is different is what makes this treatment such a good choice. With contact lenses, you have to battle with eye irritation and dryness throughout the day, often because the lens disturbs the natural lubrication of the eye.
Because Visian lenses are placed beneath the natural eye barrier, your natural eye lubrication will function undisturbed and you will not have to deal with any eye irritation.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Good candidates for this treatment include those with significant myopia, astigmatism, or other vision concerns that require high-strength glasses prescriptions. Importantly, candidates for this treatment also include those who are not qualified for LASIK, such as those who have thin corneas. You are likely a good candidate if you want to enjoy permanent vision correction and quick results.
Enjoy True Vision Correction With Visian ICL
Glasses and contact lenses are inefficient methods of vision correction. if you want to enjoy truly restored vision, then a procedure like Visian ICL is a permanent corrective surgery that can be used by virtually all patients, including those who are not qualified for LASIK. Dr. Patel will be able to assess your qualification for this treatment during a consultation appointment and a comprehensive eye exam.