Visian ICL and Phakic IOLs

Visian ICL and Phakic IOLs

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Dr. Mark Lobanoff is one of the most experienced Visian ICL surgeons in Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota.  The Visian ICL is a lens technology that allows for the correction of myopia or nearsightedness.  Many patients who were told they cannot have LASIK surgery due to a thin cornea, an extemely high myopic correction, or due to a corneal dystrophy called keratoconus can now successfully have their vision permanently corrected through the use of the Visian ICL.  ICL stands for intraocular collamer lens.  Collamer is a new flexible clear material from which the lens is made.  Many people simply call the ICL an intraocular contact lens.  The surgery is painless and takes only 10 minutes.

Below is a comparison between the Visian ICL and LASIK/PRK procedures

Quality of Vision
Visian ICL
LASIK
PRK
High definition vision
Excellent
Good
Good
Clarity of vision
Excellent
Good
Good
Contrast
Excellent
Good
Good
Night vision
Excellent (1)
24% reported
a reduction (2)
Over 16% reported
a reduction (3)
Predictable outcomes
Highly predictable (1)
Less predictable with
higher vision correction (4)
Less predictable with higher vision correction (5)
Patient Experience
Visian ICL
LASIK
PRK
Outpatient procedure
Yes
Yes
Yes
15-20 minute surgery
Yes
Yes
Yes
Local anesthesia
Yes
Yes
Yes
Minimally invasive
Yes,
3 mm opening
Yes, 7-9.5mm
corneal flap
Yes
The “Wow” of immediate
visual acuity
Yes
Yes
Blurry fluctuating vision up to 3 months
1-2 day short recovery time
Yes
Yes, with additional 1-2 weeks for “flap” healing
Delayed visual recovery up to 4 wks.
Contributes to
“Dry Eye”
No
Yes, over 29% report
some occurence (3)
Yes, occurences during the
recovery period
Future Vision Versatility
Visian ICL
LASIK
PRK
Removable
Yes
No, corneal tissue
cannot be replaced
No, corneal tissue
cannot be replaced
Vision correction flexibility
Yes, removability does not
limit future treatment options
Limited if additional
treatments involve
the cornea
Limited if additional
treatments involve
the cornea
UV protection
Yes, blocks 100% of harmful UVA and UVB light (6)
No
No
Patient Types
Visian ICL
LASIK
PRK
Mild to moderate nearsightedness
Yes
Yes
Yes
High nearsightedness
Yes
Limited by corneal
thickness and
pupil size
Limited by corneal
thickness and
pupil size
Thin cornea
Yes
Limited range of nearsighted correction
Limited range of nearsighted correction
Large pupil
Yes
Greater chance of increased unwanted aberrations
Greater chance of increased unwanted aberrations

For more information on the Visian ICL, click here.

Call or visit the team at North Suburban Eye Specialists to discuss if the Visian ICL is right for you.