Correcting abnormal vision can be carried out through a variety of topical surgical treatment options, yet each respective procedure will differ depending upon each individual patient’s needs. Over the last few decades, tremendous strides have been made in order to provide more permanence to the practice of ocular corrective solutions. In a majority of cases, myopia, aka nearsightedness, is the most common affliction, thus affecting millions who are unable to see clearly from a distance.
As a result, prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses were used to clear up the blurriness. Though quite effective through the years, patients wearing contacts or glasses were required to maintain one or the other or both on a daily basis; those who wore contacts had to be very careful not to lose them or have one pop out from time to time, or forgetting to take them out as scheduled. Eyeglasses presented a few problems as well, such as constant smudging, keeping the frames intact, and having to periodically change lens densities. The STAAR Surgical method of correcting myopia is now one of the most effective ways to take the fuss out of visual aid maintenance. The Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer® Lens) is all but doing away with dated optometric practices. Overall, lens implantation has proven to work very well in post-cataract surgical patients; on the other hand, the ICL procedure is even less invasive, mainly due to the fact cataract surgeons often end up not altering the cornea via refractive methods. The Collamer® lens implant is a bio-compatible material that requires very little or no maintenance to speak of; once inserted, the lens material bonds itself to the eye, which is in accordance to pre-determined visual specifications.
This type of technology appears to be a real game changer, especially when compared to corrective LASIK surgeries that involve corneal manipulation, which cannot be changed once the incisions are made. Newer bladeless technologies are also unchangeable once performed; when dealing with the STAAR Visian ICL, the lenses may need to be removed and changed every few years or so without any additional alterations. It’s also important to point out that minimal side effects have been documented following the ICL procedure, as opposed to various LASIK procedures that can cause the onset of “dry eye” in nearly 30 percent of those treated for myopia. The ICL is also the only lens implant on the market that provides built-in UV protection, thus reducing the amount of harmful ultraviolet ray penetration. The ICL implant process takes about 15 minutes per eye, and in most cases, normal vision is immediately restored. The implants are also removable and replaceable without affecting future treatment options. By having the Visian ICL implantation performed, seeing the world in high definition again is now more than just a possibility.