At Aloha Laser Vision, we are committed to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in ophthalmology. By doing so, our team is proud to offer a variety of vision correction options from which to choose, including the innovative Visian ICL™ procedure. Dr. Alan Faulkner is the first physician in the area certified to perform the Visian ICL™ procedure, earning Aloha Laser Vision a reputation throughout Hawaii as a center for excellence.
What Is Visian ICL™?
The Visian ICL™ (Implantable Collamer® Lens) is a phakic intraocular lens that is placed between the eye’s iris and natural lens to correct the blurred and short-range vision associated with myopia, or nearsightedness. The Visian ICL™ does not replace the eye’s natural lens but rather serves as a supplement. One of the advantages of Visian ICL™ is that it is removable, and unlike LASIK eye surgery, Visian ICL™ does not permanently alter the eye’s structure.
What Are the Advantages?
In addition to the fact that Visian ICL™ is not permanent, many of our Honolulu patients appreciate the procedure’s simplicity. The Visian lens requires no maintenance and is entirely undetectable to both the patient and the casual observer. The Visian ICL™ is also more versatile than other methods of vision correction, with the capacity to correct a wider range of myopia prescriptions than LASIK or PRK.
The Visian ICL™ is also an attractive option for patients at our Honolulu, Hawaii practice who are concerned about safety. Made of Collamer®, a biocompatible substance found naturally in the body’s connective tissue, the Visian ICL™ is not recognized as a foreign substance by the body, thus reducing the risk of an adverse reaction. Furthermore, the Visian ICL™ has undergone rigorous testing by the FDA and other clinical research groups, and has so far been placed successfully in over 55,000 eyes around the world.
Who Is a Candidate for Visian ICL™?
You are probably a good candidate for Visian ICL™ if:
- You suffer from mild to severe myopia but do not show signs of astigmatism
- You are between 21 and 45 years old
- You have shown proper anterior chamber depth and adequate eye tissue cell density during your comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Faulkner
- Your eyeglass prescription has been stable for the last year (i.e., it has not changed by more than 0.5D)
- You do not have allergies to any of the medications used during refractive surgery
- You are not pregnant
- You are not a good candidate for LASIK because of dry eyes, severe myopia, or thin corneas
Contact Aloha Laser Vision
At Aloha Laser Vision, we believe that residents of Hawaii should be able to enjoy the full spectrum of the island’s beauty and unique lifestyle. By investing in Visian ICL™ or other vision correction procedures, you are investing in your freedom to pursue all that Hawaii has to offer. Snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, nature hikes, and more can now be enjoyed without the hassle of glasses, and the stunning landscape that surrounds you will appear brighter and sharper than ever. To learn more about Visian ICL™, contact our office today.