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Visian ICL

Visian ICL

Implantable Contact Lenses

If you live in Jacksonville and are highly myopic, or nearsighte, you have probably been to see an eye doctor quite a few times for glasses and/or contact lenses. At Jacksonville Eye Center - Robert Schnipper, MD, we are proud to offer an alternative to your thick and restrictive glasses and contact lenses. This is known as the Visian ICL. The Visian ICL is also called the Implantable Collamer Lens and was created by STAAR® Surgical. The Visian ICL is FDA approved.

About Visian ICL

The Visian ICL is a long lasting solution for myopic refractive errors. Through its unique design, the Visian ICL offers excellent quality of vision and freedom from glasses and/or contacts. Patients who are not candidates for LASIK or PRK may still be very good candidates for the ICL and can enjoy life without corrective eyewear.

The Visian ICL Advantages:

  • Quality of Vision – The Visian ICL produces not only improved visual acuity, but also excellent visual quality. Many patients experience the "Wow" factor when they experience the immediate improvement in the quality of their vision.
  • Biocompatibility – Collamer, the 100 percent pure collagen copolymer lens material of the Visian ICL, is not viewed as a foreign object by the body's immune system.
  • Simplicity – Unlike traditional contact lenses, once the Visian ICL is implanted in the eye, there is no additional maintenance Reversibility – The Visian ICL was designed to be permanently placed in the eye. However, the lens can be removed if a patient's vision changes or if it otherwise needs to be removed or replaced.

What Happens During the Visian ICL Surgery?

Prior to the Visian ICL eye surgery, your surgeon Robert Schnipper, MD will make two microscopic holes in the iris using a laser. At the time of your Visian ICL surgery, your eye is numbed with a topical anesthetic drops. Next Dr. Schnipper will make a small corneal incision through which the ICL will be inserted into the eye. The ICL is positioned behind the iris and in front of the natural lens. The procedure takes less than 15 minutes.

This procedure is typically performed one eye at a time. There is very little discomfort and normally no pain associated with the procedure. Some drops will be prescribed and a visit is scheduled for the day after surgery where your surgeon will confirm stable ICL positioning and vision. Patients will be advised to arrange for someone to drive them to and from surgery.

Are You a Candidate?

The Visian ICL provides an opportunity to those individuals who are not candidates for LASIK or PRK eye surgery. Some people who have a very high myopic correction, a thin cornea, or an irregularly shaped cornea may not qualify for corneal refractive surgery like LASIK or PRK.  Robert Schnipper, MD is pleased to offer this advanced technology in Jacksonville!

The Visian ICL may give these patients the opportunity to experience the same lifestyle change that LASIK has brought to millions. Studies are showing that outcomes from LASIK, PRK, or ICL surgery are comparable.

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