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Refractive Lens Exchange
Refractive Lens Exchange is one of the latest technologies to develop in refractive surgery and is the culmination of lens surgery and refractive surgery. It allows those people who may not qualify for LASIK an option to consider. It is a recognized procedure by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers is one of the first facilities in Michigan who can offer this latest technological advance to you.
Refractive Lens Exchange is done using a specifically constructed tunneling incision that does not require any stiches. The natural lens in your eye is removed and replaced with a man-made lens that will allow you to be less dependent on strong prescription glasses or contact lenses that you probably needed prioor to the procedure. This lens procedure may be folowed by LASIK to finely adjust your distance vision if you desire and if it is medically advisable. Refractive Lens Exchange is done with no stiches, no shots in many cases, followed by no restrictions. Most prople can return to their normal activities the day after surgery.
How do I know if I qualify for Refractive Lens Exchange?
Refactive Lens Exchange is designed for people who:
- Are 45 years and older*
- Have early lens changes and desire refractive surgery*
- Have to wear strong prescription lenses for distance vision*
- May not have enough corneal thickness for LASIK alone*
*Your eye doctor can advise you in determining if you are a candidate for this procedure as well as discussing possible risks involved and alternatives. We encourage you to call us and discuss any questions you may have.
Visian ICL - Implantable Contact Lens
What Is the Visian ICL?
The Visian ICL is a phakic intraocular lens (IOL) used during refractive surgery for correcting myopia. Unlike IOLs that are used during cataract surgery, the Visian ICL does not replace the eye's natural lens. Instead, the ICL is placed between the iris and the natural lens. Because the phakic IOL does not replace the lens, but supplements it like a prescription contact lens, it is sometimes referred to as an implantable contact lens. The Visian ICL gives another option for treating myopia. Now, patients who are seeking the latest approved procedures for vision correction or who want to avoid the permanence of laser vision correction have another choice for correction of nearsightedness.
What Makes the Visian ICL Different?
Although the Visian ICL is often informally defined as an " implantable contact lens," in the United States, the "ICL" in the Visian ICL stands for "implantable Collamer lens." This designation acknowledges the unique material that comprises the lens.
Unique Lens Composition
Unlike other phakic IOLs the Visian ICL is made from Collamer, a unique, organic lens material, designed especially for the Visian lens. This proprietary lens material has greater biocompatibility than acrylic and silicone lenses. The Visian ICL is also foldable, requiring a smaller incision during the surgical procedure than other available lenses.
Safe, Proven Procedure
The safety and effectiveness of the Visian ICL implantation procedure has been proven with over 75,000 implants worldwide as well as recent U.S. FDA approval. Unlike corneal refractive surgery, the Visian ICL does not permanently alter the structure of the eye. Instead, the phakic IOL is placed in the eye's posterior chamber, where it works with the natural lens to correct vision.
Unlike other phakic IOLs, the Visian ICL is foldable. This feature allows physicians to implant the lens using a smaller incision. The small incision procedure is a technique that is familiar to eye surgeons. The Visian ICL requires a 2.8mm to 3.0mm incision as opposed to the 6.0mm incision required by other FDA-approved phakic IOLs. This smaller incision is seen as less invasive, does not require sutures, and is astigmatically neutral.
Removable, if Necessary
The Visian ICL is meant to stay in the eye indefinitely. However, if overcorrection or undercorrection occurs, a complication develops, or a patient's vision changes, the Visian ICL can be removed or exchanged by a trained ophthalmic surgeon.
If you have questions about the newest and most modern technology available for your eyes, or if you would like to discuss your options for vision correction, please call 1-877-TLC-TIME.