Visian ICL Surgery in New Jersey and Middlesex County
Also Serving Mercer County, Monmouth County, Bucks County Phakic IOL Patients
The highly accomplished physicians at Campus Eye Group offer the latest implantable lenses to their patients from throughout New Jersey. In addition to premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) used in cataract surgery, Campus Eye Group physicians provide phakic IOLs for vision correction. These revolutionary devices are similar to contact lenses except that they are placed within the eye instead of on the eye’s surface. In addition, they are similar to the premium IOLs used in cataract surgery. However, in cataract surgery, the eye’s natural lens is removed from the eye. In phakic IOL surgery the eye’s natural lens is not removed; rather, the phakic IOL is added as an additional lens.
Phakic IOLs are an alternative to LASIK for patients who are not good candidates for that procedure due to, for example, corneas that are too thin. In addition, they are often used for patients who have severe myopia.
Visian ICL and Verisyse Surgery in New Jersey
There are currently two phakic IOLs approved by the FDA for use in the United States:
- Visian ICL, manufactured by Staar Surgical, was approved by the FDA in 2005 for patients who are over 21 who are moderately to severely myopoic. It is partly composed of collagen, which is a biocompatible material (a synthetic material that is used to replace or work in close contact with living tissue). In addition, the Visian ICL is foldable, allowing for a small incision and a short recovery time (about one day).
During the procedure for Visian ICL implantation, the patient’s eye is numbed. The surgeon then makes a small incision and inserts the folded-up lens behind the iris (the colored part of the eye) and in front of the natural lens (which is clear). The Visian ICL then unfolds to its full width. The procedure takes about six minutes and the incision requires no stitches. After surgery, the Visian ICL cannot be seen by the naked eye due to its location behind the iris. In addition, the patient cannot feel the lens in his or her eye.
- Verisyse, manufactured by Abbott Medical Optics, was approved by the FDA in 2004 for patients over 21 with moderate to severe myopia. It is composed of a kind of plastic known as poly(methyl meathacrylate), which is commonly called acrylic glass, acrylic or plexiglas. Verisyse has also been marketed in Europe under the name Artisan.
During surgery for Verisyse, the doctor first numbs the patient’s eye, then creates an incision. Next, the lens is inserted and attached to the iris and the incision is closed with small, dissolvable stitches. The process takes between 15 and 30 minutes. Afterward, the patient must wear an eye shield. To the casual observer, the Verisyse is not noticeable. However, it can be seen if one looks closely at the eye.
Following surgery for either Visian ICL and Verisyse, most patients experience improved vision immediately, although they may experience a mild scratchiness in their eyes. Patients are typically able to return to work in as soon as one day.
Phakic IOL Consultation
For New Jersey eye patients who are poor candidates for LASIK or PRK and wish to rid themselves of glasses or contact lenses, phakic IOLs offer an ideal solution. Patients seeking a surgical vision correction should consult with a New Jersey Visian ICL physician at Campus Eye Group to learn more about this revolutionary procedure. In addition, the physicians at Campus Eye Group are some of the most highly esteemed doctors cataract surgery, glaucoma and macular degeneration New Jersey patients consult for therapies for these potentially life-altering diseases.