The Implantable Collamer (Contact) Lens procedure performed by Dr. Mattioli can produce exceptional outcomes in vision quality, comfort, and an improved lifestyle with freedom from contact lenses and glasses. Dr. Mattioli initially worked with this lens in 2000 and it was approved by the FDA in 2005.

You’ve decided to have a vision correction procedure to help you see clearly without contacts or eyeglasses, but where should you begin? This video will explain the options currently available to help you decide which one is best for you. In order to see clearly, the eye must focus incoming light onto the retina at the back of the eye. If light does not focus on the retina, the eye will be nearsighted, far sighted or astigmatic. There are vision correction solutions that help refocus the light, enabling the eye to see clearly. Glasses or contact lenses have traditionally been used to obtain clear vision, but today there’re other vision correction options available. A doctor may use a laser to correct your vision with procedures called LASIK and PRK, or the doctor may use Visian Implantable Collamer Lens technology to correct your vision through the insertion of a lens.

Here is a brief description of each procedure. LASIK surgery begins with anesthetic drops applied to numb the eye. Next, the doctor will use an advanced automated device to create a thin flap of tissue on the cornea, the clear front window of the eye. The doctor will then lift this flap and hinge it back out of the way. Then the doctor will align the laser beam with the eye, and supply computer controlled laser light pulses to remove tissue and reshape the cornea. The laser will be programmed with the information gathered in the preoperative exam. Finally, the surgeon will reposition the flap, smooth it with a special medical sponge and allow it to dry for a short time. With LASIK, clear vision can be achieved and recovery usually occurs quickly.

PRK is very similar to LASIK, and also corrects vision by reshaping the cornea. First, anesthetic eyedrops will be used to numb the eye. Next, rather than creating a flap, the surgeon will remove the epithelium, a thin layer of protective skin that covers the cornea. Then, as with LASIK, computer controlled pulses of laser light will be delivered to reshape the cornea. With PRK, excellent vision can be achieved. However, recovery takes more time, generally two to three weeks. Instead of reshaping the cornea like LASIK and PRK, Visian EVO ICL uses lens technology to deliver sharp, clear vision. First, anesthetic eyedrops will be used to numb the eye. Next, the Visian EVO ICL is folded and gently placed in the eye through a tiny opening. Then, the lens naturally unfolds and the doctor will gently tuck the edges of the lens under the iris.

With the Visian EVO ICL, high definition vision can be achieved even for patients with severe nearsightedness and recovery usually occurs quickly. LASIK, PRK, and the Visian EVO ICL procedure can provide excellent visual results for those who qualify. LASIK and the Visian EVO ICL provide immediate vision improvement after the procedure, often referred to as the well moment. The LASIK and Visian EVO ICL procedures are short, and provide relatively quick visual recovery. The Visian EVO ICL is designed to be permanent. However, it can be removed or replaced if your vision dramatically changes. It protects the eyes from harmful UV rays and does not remove tissue from your cornea, leaving more treatment options available as you age.

Thank you for taking the time to review your vision correction options. LASIK, PRK, and the Visian EVO ICL procedure offer unique advantages for qualified patients. Your doctor will advise you which procedure is best for your eyes. Take the next step to achieve excellent vision today.

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