It was a very emotional day last Thursday for Emily Thomas, OD of Springfield, MO. Why?
Emily, who has been extremely nearsighted and dependent on glasses or contact lenses since she was a young child, decided to have the Visian ICL - Implantable Contact Lens - procedure. Her reaction to being able to see the clock and her Mom's face immediately after the procedure sent us all looking for tissues!
We refer to the ICL as the Implantable Contact Lens, when in reality, it stands for Implantable Collamer Lens. Collamer is an advanced lens material composed of collagen, so it is 100% compatible with the body's own chemistry, much like the lens implants used in cataract surgery.
Over 300,000 of these lenses have been implanted worldwide and the number is growing. The ICL is not only a great alternative for those who are not good candidates for LASIK or other vision correction procedures, it is also becoming the procedure of choice for those who are considered excellent candidates for LASIK as well.
Patients who are moderately nearsighted (-3.00 prescription) or greater are generally great candidates for the Visian ICL.
The procedure is not available for those who are farsighted and the lens implants are not available in a toric (astigmatism) design.
Patients who desire the ICL procedure may also have LASIK or another procedure in addition to the ICL to correct astigmatism or greater degrees of nearsightedness.
For more information, see our Visian ICL FAQ's or call our office at 314-542-3600 to find out if you are a good candidate!
Dr Mulqueeny is friendly yet very professional. He cares about his patients and will take the time to talk and answer any questions. I would tell anyone to go see him.