Want to ditch your glasses? If you’ve been considering corrective eye surgery but don’t know where to start, we have some answers. At Wichita Vision Institute in Wichita, KS, Dr. Patel offers Visian ICL as a way to correct your eyesight so you can live life more spontaneously.
What Is Visian ICL?
A Corrective Eye Surgery
A biocompatible corrective lens is used for the Visian ICL surgery. This lens helps the eye correctly bend and interpret light. If your vision concerns are caused by incorrect light refraction, that means the light is being distorted and will warp your ability to see clearly. This can result in near or far sightedness, presbyopia, or astigmatism.
Contacts and glasses can be helpful in correcting this issue, but a permanent solution can offer you more freedom.
Who Can This Treatment Help?
If you have vision concerns, especially if you have a prescription that’s too high for other corrective eye treatments, this could be a good fit for you. It’s effective for both high astigmatism and myopia. It can also be used for those who have different corrective needs for each eye.
The best way to know for sure if this treatment could work for you is to drop in for a consultation. Our staff would be happy to help you set up an appointment with Dr. Patel to go over your unique vision care needs and the different treatment options we offer.
How It Works
If you think of something that’s a hybrid between standard LASIK and the corrective lenses that are placed after cataract surgery, that’s pretty much what this treatment is. It’s an exciting treatment option that continues to grow in popularity worldwide.
The key difference between this treatment and LASIK is Visian ICL won’t reshape or alter your cornea. Instead, a corrective lens is placed on the eye. Think of it as a permanent contact lens that won’t get dry or irritated. The material used for this lens is biocompatible and readily accepted by the body.
How Long Does It Take?
In some cases this surgery can be done in as little as 15 minutes or less. That means in less than half an hour, you can have your vision corrected for your lifetime. This treatment can be easily tailored to both the structure of your eye and your unique vision needs. It can even be paired with other treatments if needed to bring you the best results.
Where Is It Placed in the Eye?
Specifically the lens is placed between the natural eye lens and the iris of your eye. It doesn’t require any tissue removal, which helps this treatment be as minimally invasive as possible.
How Does It Compare to Other Treatment Options?
LASIK offers the same level of vision correction, so it can still be an excellent treatment option. However, not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. Visian ICL offers a bit more leeway when it comes to potential patients, so if you’ve been turned down for LASIK and find yourself discouraged, there may still be an option out there for you.
In the end, the right treatment for you depends on your needs. That’s one reason why a consultation is so important. Dr. Patel would be happy to work with you and take a look at the health of your eyes so you can make the right choice. Our ultimate goal is to help you enjoy clear, comfortable vision for the long-run, regardless of whether it’s achieved through this treatment or one of the other treatments we offer.
1. No More Glasses or Contacts
For some people, wearing glasses can be a fashion statement that completes their outfit. For others, they’re just a hassle. Misplacing them, having to deal with smudged lenses, and having to remember them as you run out the door can be annoying.
Not everyone wants to deal with sticking a contact in their eye either, or having to remember to take them out at night.
2. A Permanent Solution
This treatment is intended to offer permanent improvements to your vision. Part of what makes the results so effective is the fact that your lens will be tailored to your needs.
As it’s unlikely that this treatment will need to be repeated, it can save you time and headaches when it comes to eye appointments. For many patients this can prove to be a great long-term investment as you no longer will have to constantly re-fill on contacts or replace your glasses.
3. Improved Comfort
When patients hear about a permanent lens, they may imagine wearing a contact lens constantly and how irritating that would be. Contacts can sometimes make your eyes feel dry as they can interfere with their natural lubrication. If you live or work in a dusty environment, contact lenses are a no-go altogether as the dust can get stuck around the contacts and irritate your eyes.
Visian ICL is different. These permanent lenses are placed under your natural eye barrier. This means dust isn’t going to get stuck under the lens, and your eye will be able to lubricate itself uninterrupted.
4. You’ll Always Be Ready
Instead of having to choose between glasses, contacts, or barely being able to see, this treatment will ensure you’re always ready for the day’s activities. You can hit the beach and swim without worrying about sand in contacts or water carrying away your glasses. You won’t have to choose between having dry eyes from your contacts or remembering to bring your glasses along and hoping you don’t lose them.
There’s no maintenance at all required with this treatment. Once your treatment is complete and you come in for a follow-up appointment, you’ll be set for the long run.
5. It’s an Excellent Choice for Athletes
Anyone who plays sports or has active hobbies knows how difficult it can be to choose between glasses or contacts. On one hand, you don’t want to risk your glasses breaking on your face or falling off. On the other hand, active sports often involve being outside, and if any dirt is being kicked up that can put you at risk of dirt getting stuck in your contacts.
Eliminating the need for glasses and contacts altogether can help you reduce your risk of injury so you can focus on the task at hand.
6. It Keeps the Eye Completely Intact
Unlike some other treatment options, this treatment is able to keep your eye completely intact. It works together with your eye seamlessly in a way that’s gentle on your body.
7. Enjoy the World Around You in High Definition
Crystal clear and sharp vision that’s able to pick up on all the vivid details around you is one of the ways this treatment can help you soak in the special moments in life, whether that’s looking at beautiful autumn foliage or the face of a loved one.
8. No Compromise on Night Vision
Whether you’re on a road trip that’s taking you through the night, or just want to admire the stars, it’s important to have a treatment that doesn’t impair your night vision. This treatment helps you see clearly 24/7, so you can be fully invested in each moment.
9. UV Protection
This treatment offers built-in protection from the sun’s damaging rays. It’s well known that UV rays can lead to premature aging of the skin, and prolonged exposure could put you more at risk for skin cancer. What’s not talked about as often is the sun’s effect on your eyes.
Many people wear sunglasses when they want to avoid squinting at the beach, but if you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, UV rays could be harming your eyes. UV rays may even contribute to developing issues such as:
- Corneal degenerative changes
- Skin cancer in or around the eye
- Other various eye issues
10. Immediate Improvements
This treatment can immediately correct what’s wrong with your vision, which means you get to enjoy immediate results.
11. Completely Discreet
These lenses will be placed behind the iris. The iris is the colored part of the eye, and it does an amazing job camouflaging the permanent lens. This lens will only be visible with a microscope used for eye exams, so you don’t have to worry about anyone seeing the lens as they’re talking to you or looking into your eyes.
12. It Can Be Reversed
While it’s very rare for anyone to want to have this treatment removed, it can offer peace of mind for patients to know that they’re in complete control of their vision. If you eventually want the treatment reversed, that can be done for you.
Reach Out for More Information
This option can help patients enjoy the truly restored vision they’ve been hoping for. If you’re ready to explore your treatment options, we welcome you to bring any questions you have along with you. Reach out to us at Wichita Vision Institute in Wichita, KS, today to set up your consultation.