Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Barrister at Law
Mater University & Private Hospitals, Dublin
Over 300,000 Visian ICL lenses have been successfully implanted in people unsuitable for laser eye surgery
Some people are unsuitable for laser eye surgery. This may be because your cornea is unsuitable for surgery or you are too long or short sighted for laser. At the Mater private hospital we offer an alternative solution, namely the placement of a ICL lens inside your eye. The use of this lens is a well established alternative to laser eye surgery, with over 300,000 lenses inserted into eyes worldwide. The procedure is also reversible. In comparative studies. Visian ICL implantation has been shown to be as safe as laser eye surgery whilst possibly offering a better quality of vision, particularly at higher levels of correction. In addition this sort of surgery is not associated with dry eyes, glare or haloes after surgery and may be better suited to patients with pre-existant dry eyes. Visual recovery is also rapid, with near normal vision just a few hours after surgery.
This lens is made from Collamer is a technologically advanced lens material . Because of the collagen base in Collamer, it is 100% compatible with your body’s natural chemistry. Among Collamer’s advantages are that it is anti-reflectivity and UV protection. The Visian ICL is injected through a small 2.2 mm incision and rests in front of your natural lens. The ICL is not visible from the outside of the eye and you will not be able to feel the lens within the eye. One eye is usually operated on at a time.
Visian ICL surgery is safe and predictable, but like any sort of surgery carries a small risk of complications. The risk of a serious infection within the eye is small (1/1000). In some cases the ICL may need to be exchanged if it does not fit well once it is in the eye. A small percentage of patients may also develop cataract or high pressure after surgery. As with any surgical procedure these risks are reduced by picking an experienced consultant surgeon.
The Visian ICL has proven to be effective in patients within a wide range of refractive errors. In fact, the Visian ICL can correct myopia from as low as -16.0 diopters with or without astigmatism. Because insertion of the phakic IOL does not require any structural alteration of the eye, results are predictable, very stable and reversible.
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