The STAAR ICL™, marketed under the brand name VisianICL, is a refractive lens also known as a phakic IOL. “Phakic” meaning that the natural lens of the eye is not removed during the procedure. Instead, the natural lens is left in place. IOL means intraocular lens, or a lens inside the eye. The ICL is a posterior chamber implant that is situated behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens. The ICL is considered an alternative to corneal refractive surgery such as LASIK, PRK or incisional surgeries.
The best candidates for the Visian ICL™ are between the ages of 21 and 45, with moderate to severe nearsightedness. It is best if the candidate has not had any previous ophthalmic surgery and does not have a history of ophthalmic disease such as glaucoma, iritis or diabetic retinopathy.
The Visian ICL offers another option for those seeking reduced dependence on glasses and contact lenses. In addition, the ICL provides many, who are not candidates for LASIK, a way to achieve this goal.
Experience like no other in Georgia
Dr. Paul Harton was the first surgeon in Georgia to implant the FDA approved Visian ICL. Since that time, hundreds of patients have benefitted from this remarkable technology. This exciting technology received final approval on December 23, 2005. Dr. Harton implanted this new lens into 6 patients on February 13, 2006 with excellent results.
Dr. Harton performs the VisianICL procedure in Rome at The Surgery Center of Rome on the campus of Redmond Regional Medical Center.
If there are major changes in your vision, the ICL can be removed and replaced, or another procedure can be done at any time. With the ICL, one can still wear glasses or contact lenses if necessary. The ICL does not help presbyopia, or the need for reading glasses due to age.
The ICL surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that the patient has surgery and leaves the same day. Please note that someone will have to drive the patient to and from surgery. A light, topical or local anesthetic is administered and there is very little discomfort and normally no pain associated with the procedure. Some drops or perhaps oral medication may be prescribed and a visit is usually scheduled the day after surgery.
ICLs are intended to remain in place without maintenance. If it becomes necessary, for any reason, they can be removed by a trained ophthalmic surgeon.