As an alternative to LASIK surgery, you can also choose an intraocular lens (IOL) for the treatment of nearsightedness and other vision disorders.

An IOL is an implanted lens in the eye, usually replacing the existing crystalline lens either because it has been clouded over by a cataract or as a form of refractive surgery to improve vision.

The Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens), created by STAAR Surgical Company, is an intraocular lens used for the treatment of nearsightedness and other vision disorders. It is a suitable alternative to LASIK surgery.

Am I a candidate for the ICL?

The best candidates for the Visian ICL are between the ages of 21 and 50, with moderate to severe nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. 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. To find out if you are a candidate for the ICL, contact Eye Travel Turkey to make your appointment with one of our experienced doctors today.

What are the advantages of the ICL?

The Visian ICL and Toric ICL are capable of correcting a wide range of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism without the removal or destruction of corneal tissue. The ICL is a small, foldable, injectable lens that is inserted through a tiny, 3-mm incision that does not require sutures. The ICL provides predictable refractive outcomes and excellent quality of vision.

What if my vision changes?

If there are major changes in your vision the Visian ICL can easily be removed and replaced, or another procedure can be done at any time. With the ICL, you can still wear glasses or contact lenses if necessary. The ICL does not help presbyopia, or the need for reading glasses due to age.

Can they dry out or get dirty like a contact lens?

No. The Visian ICL is designed to remain in place within the eye without maintenance. An annual examination done by your ophthalmologist is recommended to make sure that everything is fine.

Can the ICL be seen by the naked eye?

No. Because the lens is positioned behind the iris, neither you nor an observer will be able to identify the lens in place. The cosmetic appearance of the Visian ICL is perfect, and there is no way for a non-professional to notice that a visual correction is in place.

What are ICLs made of?

The material is called Collamer, a collagen co-polymer that contains a small amount of purified collagen. It is very biocompatible (doesn’t cause a reaction inside the eye) and stable. It also contains an ultraviolet light filter.

What is involved in the ICL procedure?

The ICL surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that you can have surgery and leave the hospital on 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.

For more information about the ICL procedure, visit http://www.staar.com.