LASIK or PRK laser vision correction are often the right options for patients who are considering refractive surgery to improve their vision. However, in patients with higher degrees of nearsightedness, the cornea may be too thin to allow full refractive correction with a laser.
In these cases, surgical implants may be the best alternative. These special devices, called phakic intraocular lenses, act like contact lenses implanted inside the eye to correct high degrees of nearsightedness. These lenses are inserted in front of the eye's natural lens to improve focusing ability.
Types of Lenses
We use the Visian ICL (refractive lens) at Vance Thompson Vision, which is an intraocular lens placed behind the iris that does not require the natural lens to be removed. This procedure is recognized as an alternative to corneal refractive surgeries like LASIK.
The Verisyse ICL is a similar implantable lens, made of medical-grade polymethylmethacrylate, or PMMA. The Verisyse implantable contact lenses is placed in the anterior chamber, in front or your iris. of the lens. Both lenses are FDA approved for the correction of nearsightedness.
"If you are considering cataract surgery, Dr. Swan and the staff at Vance Thompson Vision in Bozeman are the team you want in your corner. They are both knowledgeable and professional while still remaining personable, kind and compassionate. The office is equipped with the latest in advanced technology making the process easier and safer than ever. I felt taken care of from the moment I walked in the door. The staff, Briana in particular, and Dr. Swan, went over every aspect of the surgery with me. They answered all my questions, and spent a substantial amount of time examining me and reviewing the available options for my specific situation. I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Swan an Vance Thompson Vision in Bozeman."- J.D. / Google / Sep 02, 2018
"My husband was referred by his eye doctor in Helena and we were pleased to get an appointment within a few days. The appointment was a pleasant experience, with friendly, knowledgeable staff. Kacie did the preliminary tests and was very good to my husband and very professional on her knowledge. Dr Swan has a very easy manner and was very thorough and really informative. He spent plenty of time explaining and was clear about the benefits and drawbacks to my husbands procedure. The whole appointment was very relaxed and informative. We'll post how the procedure went soon!"- G.J. / Yelp / Aug 06, 2018
"Very friendly and accommodating staff. I have a corneal disease and they really know their stuff!"- C.S. / Facebook / Jul 31, 2018
"Our son had a difficult case of Keratoconus that had not been diagnosed for 35 years. When it was diagnosed we took him to Dr. Swan and he found that cross linking was a good option. They were very caring and professional throughout the process. They explained things well and answered all questions that were asked. Upon completion of the cross linking they referred him to get scleral lenses at Advanced Eye Care. He started out with about 20/200 vision and after cross linking and the scleral lenses he how has 20/25 vision. That is a miracle. Dr Swan is the real thing and we cannot say enough about the fantastic, professional and life changing service that they provide at Vance Thompson Vision."- O. / Google / Jul 24, 2018
"The care I received in beyond compare. The doctor and all of the staff actually do their best to make sure the patient is fully knowledgeable about options. The information provide before and after surgeries made me comfortable and positive about the results. That attitude alone helped me heal quickly and with confidence. I don't say that lightly. Can't imagine a more professional doctor and staff!!!"- K.W. / Google / Jul 18, 2018
If you would like to be considered for implant contact lenses, it is best to be between the ages of 21 – 45 years. Patients with moderate to severe nearsightedness are the most typical candidates for this procedure. Having a history of eye surgeries or eye diseases, such as glaucoma, iritis, or diabetic retinopathy, may disqualify you from implantable contact lenses.
The implantable contact lens procedure is an outpatient procedure under a light, topical or local anesthetic. Prior to the procedure a peripheral irridotomy is performed in the office to alleviate any build up of pressure within the eye. On the day of the procedure a small incision is created at the base of the eye. The lens is folded, inserted through the incision and positioned in the eye. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and results are almost immediate.
What to Expect
Once your procedure is finished and you are discharged from outpatient surgery, your vision will continue to improve over the next 48 hours as your eyes heal. You should be able to return to most of your daily activities quickly. Do not rub your eyes for three to five days following your procedure. A follow-up appointment will also be scheduled with your eye care provider.
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 2 days
- Procedure Time
- 30 minutes (15 per eye)
- Follow Up Time
- 1 day, 1 week, 1 month
- Recovery Location
Real Life In HD with ICL
If you would like an alternative to LASIK, laser vision correction procedures, eyeglasses, or contact lenses, discuss your options with the eye care professionals at Vance Thompson Vision. Reduce the impact of your nearsightedness with an implantable contact lens and significantly improve your vision. Call to request an appointment today.