Implantable Lenses

Too Nearsighted for LASIK? Implantable Contact Lenses May Be Your Solution

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™ and 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 (ICLs) used in cataract surgery to replace the clouded natural lens, with one important difference. Implantable lenses are "phakic, meaning they work WITH the natural lens, and the natural lens is not removed. 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 permanently 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:

  • Provides excellent quality of vision with predictable, stable results, and requires no maintenance
  • The lens is invisible to others and cannot be felt while in the eye
  • Capable of correcting a wide range of nearsightedness, and is removable if necessary
  • 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
  • Proven procedure that is familiar to ophthalmologists

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.

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 ICL is placed in the eye’s posterior chamber, where it works with the natural lens to correct vision.

The Visian ICL also 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.

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Verisyse Phakic Intraocular Lens (ICL)

The Verisyse ICL corrects moderate to severe nearsightedness with proven precision and predictable results. It is made of PMMA, a material with a long track record of safety over the more than 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.

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

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* Due to the additional health conditions, including cataracts, frequently presenting in patients older than 55 years of age, a comprehensive dilated exam is necessary prior to being able to determine if LASIK is the best treatment. If so, it is our policy that patients remove false eyelashes or eyelash extensions completely 2 weeks before their LASIK procedure. Patients may resume wearing them 2 weeks after surgery.