The Visian ICL represents a breakthrough in lens implant technology that now allows many Phoenix patients to achieve independence from their glasses or contact lenses. Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy are Phoenix LASIK experts, who also are Visian ICL experts.
“I am so pleased with the ICL surgery…due to my degree of bad vision and wearing extended night contacts for so many years, LASIK was not a good option for me. I tried for months to get my eyes in shape for it. However, I am very pleased with the speed and clarity of my vision with the Visian ICL surgery.” – Patricia Mason, actual Moretsky/Cassidy Patient
The Visian ICL is an Implantable Corrective Lens that Works with the eye to correct vision. Unlike traditional contact lenses that go on the surface of the eye, the Visian ICL is surgically positioned inside the eye between the iris (the colored part of the eye) and the natural lens where it stays indefinitely.
Technologically Advanced Lens Material
Unlike other lenses, the Visian ICL is made from Collamer, a technologically advanced lens material. Because of the collagen in Collamer, it is biocompatible with the eye (not seen as a foreign object to the body) and provides exceptional quality of vision. The lens rests quietly in position while accurately correcting vision. The Visian ICL is the best choice for a lens that is going to remain inside your eye for a lifetime.
Corrects a wide range of vision needs
If you are between 21 and 45 and nearsighted, you may be an excellent candidate for the Visian ICL. lt is preferable that you have had no previous eye surgery or history of ophthalmic disease, such as glaucoma, iritis, or diabetes.
Almost anyone who is nearsighted, seeking clearer vision may be a good vision/ICL candidate including those with special or extreme vision correction needs. There may be special circumstances where LASIK is not indicated and ICL may be an ideal alternative.
Thin or irregular Corneas
The cornea is the curved transparent portion on the front surface of the eye. The Visian ICL does not have an effect on the structure of the cornea and may be appropriate if you have thin or irregular corneas.
Visian ICL does not cause or contribute to dry eyes. If you have severe dry eyes, the Visian ICL may be the best vision correction option for you.
Extreme Refractive Error
If your glasses are so thick that you are beyond the range of LASIK.
The ICL Surgery Process
Prior to Surgery (1 to 2 Weeks): Your doctor will schedule a procedure to prepare your eye for implantation of the Visian ICL. This is necessary to ensure the fluid inside your eye flows properly after your surgery. Dr. Moretsky or Dr. Cassidy will make tiny openings in the colored portion of the eye with a laser beam. On this day, have a driver because you will be blurry after the treatment, for several hours.
The Day of Surgery: Again, do not drive yourself on this day because you may be sedated. Prior to implantation, you will receive anesthetic eye drops or a local anesthetics to minimize any discomfort. A sedative may be administered to relax you. Then Dr. Moretsky or Dr. Cassidy will create two micro openings in the edge of your cornea that will be used to insert and position the lens. Next the lens is injected, gently unfolding in your eye. The recovery time is very short. A few hours after the procedure you will be able to leave the clinic.
After Surgery (Just a few days): To complete the procedure, the Surgeon will provide a prescription for eyedrops to help prevent infection and inflammation. You will continue to use these drops for several days once you are home. Follow-up appointments will be required.
There are many unique advantages to the Visian ICL.
High Definition Vision: For years, the only method of permanent vision correction that didn’t involve glasses or contact lenses was corrective laser eye surgery. With the advent of the Visian ICL, however, that’s all changed.
Designed to be Permanent, Yet Is Removable: One of the important advantages of the Visian ICL is that while it is designed to permanently correct your vision, the lens can be removed and/or replaced if necessary. Also, concerns involving the cornea typically do not apply to the Visian ICL, as no natural corneal tissue is permanently removed or reshaped in any way during implantation.
The ICL is Invisible and Undetectable
Visian ICL does not cause or contribute to dry eyes
Short Recovery Time: The recovery for the Visian ICL is quick and typically pain free, and may be as little as one day, due to the very small size of the opening required. Patients typically experience minimal discomfort, and many times go back to work the next day.
Excellent Safety Profile: The Visian ICL has an excellent safety profile compared to other procedures, with a patient satisfaction rate of over 99%. Since 1997, more than 300,000 Vìsian ICL procedures have been performed Worldwide.
When nothing less than ultimate vision performance will do, super athletes and elite U.S. Military personnel choose the Visian ICL. Why? Because they have a choice, and they want advanced technology for their individual vision needs, for their best in performance.
Superior Technology for Super Athletes
Steven Holcomb: In 2008 Team USA bobsled pilot Steven Holcomb almost gave up the sport because of his poor vision. He could-no longer compete with contact lenses and other treatment options did not fit his individual needs. After the Visian ICL procedure, Holcomb not only achieved 20/20 vision, he went on to win gold medals at both the 2009 World Championships and 2010 Olympics.
Tom Danielson: Just last year, in 2011, top U.S. Professional Cyclist, Torn Danielson had the Visian ICL procedure to correct his vision. Danielson struggled to see with contact lenses and suffered from severe dry eye. After the Visian ICL procedure, Danielson now has better than 20/20 vision, and it has helped him to elevate his performance substantially in one of the most physically and mentally demanding endurance sports. Soon after his Visian ICL procedure, Danielson was the top American finisher (9th overall) in the 2011 Tour de France. Please learn more about Tom’s story in the video below:
Nothing Less Than Ultimate Vision Performance
Since 2006, the Visian ICL has been improving the vision of the bravest people in our nation under the harshest conditions imaginable. In fact, surgeons in the U.S. Military have implanted over 5,000 Visian ICLs.
- 100% were able to see better than before surgery wearing contacts.
- 100% believe they function and perform better.
Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy started implanting the Visian ICL soon after it was FDA approved in 2005. Their technique of implantation was rapidly mastered with the doctor’s vast experience, having already each implanted over 30,000 other types of intraocular lenses. Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy have performed ICL implantation over seven years and have a 99% patient satisfaction rate.
Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy recognize that not every patient who arrives at the clinic interested in LASIK is a good LASIK candidate. They also recognize that not every patient interested in an ICL is a good ICL candidate. Only a comprehensive vision correction exam will determine which procedure is best for you. What makes Moretsky Cassidy LASIK Vision different from most other LASIK centers is their vast experience and variety of different treatment options available to suite each patient’s individual needs. The ICL is one of many options.