Visian ICL

Visian ICL

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Visian ICL, also known as Implantable Collamer lens, helps correct myopia and astigmatism. Unlike contact lenses that go on the surface of the eye, the Visian ICL is positioned inside the eye between the iris and natural lens. Many patients who were told they cannot have LASIK surgery due to a thin cornea, an extremely 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 (see below for a comparison between the Visian ICL and LASIK/PRK procedures).

Am I a candidate for a Visian ICL?

The best way to determine if you are a candidate for a Visian ICL is to schedule a complementary consultation. During your consultation, a brief eye exam, vision history and meeting with one of our ICL surgeons, will help determine your candidacy. This will help determine if a Visian ICL procedure is the right option for you.

Who performs my Visian ICL procedure?

Dr. Mark Lobanoff is one of the most experienced Visian ICL surgeons in the Twin Cities and the state of Minnesota. You will personally meet Dr. Lobanoff during your ICL consultation. At North Suburban Eye Specialists, your surgeon will follow your progress throughout your ICL experience.

What happens on an ICL procedure day?

Make arrangements for a driver on your procedure day. Prior to the procedure, you will receive numbing eye drops and potentially a mild sedative to make you comfortable. A small incision will be made to insert and position the lens. The lens is implanted, gently unfolding in your eye. The entire process takes 20-30 minutes. You will be able to leave the clinic a few hours after your procedure.

What is the recovery time after an ICL procedure?

The Visian ICL Collamer material enables a small incision for insertion. Dr. Lobanoff is able to optimize the procedure and recovery time significantly. The procedure is painless due to numbing drops in the eyes. Patients generally have a short recovery time and are able to resume daily activities in a few days with clearer vision.

Payment Plans

North Suburban Eye Specialists offers budget-friendly financing options for our patients. Whether you choose to utilize your Flex-Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA), or with a variety of extended payment plans through Care Credit, we want to help you make your ICL procedure affordable.


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