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Too nearsighted for LASIK? Consider Visian™ and Verisyse™Implantable Contact Lenses

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LASIK is an excellent way to correct some vision problems, but it cannot help the very nearsighted. If you have been told that you are too nearsighted for LASIK, you now have another option. Visian or Verisyse lens implants may give you the distance vision you have wanted and set you free from the hassle of contact lenses or heavy eyeglasses.

Visian and Verisyse implantable lenses are similar to intraocular lenses (IOLs) used in cataract surgery to replace the clouded natural lens, with one important difference. They are “phakic” lenses, which means that they work WITH the natural lens, which remains in place. Visian and Verisyse are sometimes described as “implantable contact lenses.” However, unlike the contact lenses you may be wearing now, an implanted lens does not dry out or become dirty.

The Visian and Verisyse lenses are:

  • Designed to stay in place permanently
  • Invisible to you and observers
  • Made of highly biocompatible materials
  • Maintenance-free

Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)

The Visian ICL offers another option for treating myopia (“nearsightedness”). This small, foldable implantable lens is designed to remain in place within the eye, although an eye surgeon can easily remove or replace it if the patient’s needs change.

There are many unique advantages to the Visian ICL, including:

  • Performance—Provides excellent quality of vision with predictable and stable results.
  • Simplicity—The lens is invisible to others and requires no maintenance.
  • Versatility—Capable of correcting a wide range of nearsightedness, and is removable if necessary.
  • Biocompatibility—Collamer, an exceptional lens material offering unparalleled biocompatibility.
  • Safety—Safe, proven procedure that is familiar to ophthalmologists.

This revolutionary lens is made of Collamer®, a highly biocompatible material that contains pure collagen. Dr. Hollingshead positions the Visian ICL between the iris and the eye’s natural lens, where it works with your natural optical system to allow light to better focus on the retina. Its cosmetic appearance is perfect, and there is no way for a non-professional to notice that it is in place.

The Visian ICL offers unparalleled quality of vision, providing excellent contrast. Two unique factors account for its superior optical performance. First, the Visian ICL is made of Collamer (a soft, flexible lens material that contains a small amount of collagen), making the lens extremely biocompatible for a lifetime of clear vision. Second, the lens is placed inside the eye, where it continues to focus light accurately without any required maintenance.

The safety and effectiveness of the FDA-approved Visian ICL implantation procedure has been proven with over 85,000 implants worldwide. Unlike corneal refractive surgery, the Visian ICL does not permanently alter the structure of the eye. Instead, the phakic IOL is placed in the eye’s posterior chamber, where it works with the natural lens to correct vision.

Unlike other phakic IOLs, the Visian ICL is foldable. This feature allows physicians to implant the lens using a smaller incision. The small incision procedure is a technique that is seen as less invasive and does not require sutures.

Although the Visian ICL is meant to stay in the eye indefinitely, it can be removed easily by a trained ophthalmic surgeon.

The Visian ICL features UV eye protection, assisting in the prevention of the development of various eye disorders. UV rays may contribute to the development of macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among older Americans, and cataracts, a major cause of visual impairment and blindness around the world.

For testimonials, an animation of a Visian implantation procedure, and answers to frequently asked questions, visit www.visianinfo.com.

Call Hollingshead Eye Center today to learn more about this amazing technology.

Verisyse Phakic Intraocular Lens (IOL)

The design of the Verisyse IOL provides proven precision and predictable results in correcting moderate to severe nearsightedness. It is made of PMMA, a material with a long track record of safety over the 50 years it has been used in replacement lenses implanted during cataract surgery. Verisyse is implanted between the cornea and the eye’s pupil.

While the Verisyse lens is designed to remain in the eye permanently, the procedure is reversible, if desired. Dr. Hollingshead performs this relatively quick (15 to 30 minutes) outpatient procedure at Hollingshead Eye Center’s convenient state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery facility. Because a local anesthetic is administered, patients usually report experiencing relatively little discomfort.

First, drops are placed in the eye to make the pupil smaller. Only a very small incision is required, which Dr. Hollingshead closes with microscopic stitches that dissolve and do not have to be removed. He then covers the eye with a temporary protective shield.

This lens implantation procedure has been performed more than 150,000 times worldwide.

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