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Visian ICL Vs LASIK and PRK

Visian ICL Vs LASIK and PRK

Deciding on the vision correction procedure that’s right for you is an important one. Let the table below show you how the different options compare and ask your eye care professional about the details.

Quality of Vision Visian ICL
LASIK
PRK
High definition vision Excellent Good Good
Clarity of vision Excellent Good Good
Contrast Excellent Good Good
Night vision Excellent (1) 24% reported
a reduction (2)
Over 16% reported
a reduction (3)
Predictable outcomes Highly predictable (1) Less predictable with
higher vision correction (4)
Less predictable with higher vision correction (5)
Patient Experience Visian ICL
LASIK
PRK
Outpatient procedure Yes Yes Yes
15-20 minute surgery Yes Yes Yes
Local anesthesia Yes Yes Yes
Minimally invasive Yes,
3 mm opening
Yes, 7-9.5mm
corneal flap
Yes
The “Wow” of immediate
visual acuity
Yes Yes Blurry fluctuating vision up to 3 months
1-2 day short recovery time Yes Yes, with additional 1-2 weeks for “flap” healing Delayed visual recovery up to 4 wks.
Contributes to
“Dry Eye”
No Yes, over 29% report
some occurence (3)
Yes, occurences during the
recovery period
Future Vision Versatility Visian ICL
LASIK
PRK
Removable Yes No, corneal tissue
cannot be replaced
No, corneal tissue
cannot be replaced
Vision correction flexibility Yes, removability does not
limit future treatment options
Limited if additional
treatments involve
the cornea
Limited if additional
treatments involve
the cornea
UV protection Yes, blocks 100% of harmful UVA and UVB light (6) No No
Patient Types Visian ICL
LASIK
PRK
Mild to moderate nearsightedness Yes Yes Yes
High nearsightedness Yes Limited by corneal
thickness and
pupil size
Limited by corneal
thickness and
pupil size
Thin cornea Yes Limited range of nearsighted correction Limited range of nearsighted correction
Large pupil Yes Greater chance of increased unwanted aberrations Greater chance of increased unwanted aberrations

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References
1. UV-absorbing collamer implantable contact lens (ICL) for the correction of myopia. PMA #P030016. Presentation to the Ophthalmic Devices Advisory Panel. October 3, 2003.
2. Hill JC. An informal satisfaction survey of 200 patients after laser in situ keratomileusis. J Cataract Refract Surg. Jul-Aug 2002;18(4):454-459.
3. Jabbur NS, Sakatani K, O’Brien TP. Survey of complica- tions and recommendations for management in dissatisfied patients seeking a consultation after refractive surgery. J Cataract Refract Surg. Sept 2004;30(9):1867-1874.
4. Dan Z Reinstein, Jonathan D Carr, William B Threlfall, Randall Cook, Emma Cremonesi, Hugo FS Futton. Multi-center LASIK outcomes in myopia using the Technolas 217C in over 20,000 eyes. ASCRS 2001 Submissions. April 2001:2.
5. Rajan MS, Jaycock P, O’Brart D, Nystrom HH, Marshall J. A long-term study of photorefractive keratectomy; 12-year follow-up. Available at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez . Accessed May 2008
6. Data on file: STAAR Surgical Company. ©2008 STAAR® Surgical Company 10-0004-35

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