Visian ICL™ in Shreveport, LA

Vision correcting procedures like LASIK and cataract surgery are well-known among our patients. One of our newest options — Visian ICL™, as known as “implantable contact lens” surgery — isn’t a household name yet, but we believe it will be soon. ICL is one of the most effective, simple, and permanent solutions to our patients’ vision problems.

At Lusk Eye Specialists, we want you to get the most out of your refractive surgery. For our team, that means providing a range of vision-correcting options, a talented surgical team, and a great patient experience. ICL enables us to provide these to a wider range of patients than ever before. This new surgery may be an option for patients who have previously been told they couldn’t have vision correction surgery. 

What is ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens)?

ICL is a procedure where a specialized lens is placed inside the eye, rather than on it, to correct vision and eliminate the need for eyewear. Because no tissue is removed from the eyes during this unique surgery, ICL has some benefits over other refractive surgeries, like LASIK.

The implanted lens itself is a thin-membrane made from biocompatible material called “Collamer®”, which is made of collagen, a naturally occurring component of the eye. The lens is designed to work in harmony with your natural eye and last a lifetime. This makes it a permanent vision solution for patients with nearsightedness or astigmatism.

During ICL surgery, one of our highly experienced, Shreveport eye surgeons at Lusk Eye Specialists will insert the lens behind your pupil. The surgery is minimally invasive and typically takes less than a half hour.  We find that most patients recover quickly and resume their regular lifestyle within a couple of days, although it may take a few weeks for the eye to heal completely. 

Who is a Good Candidate for ICL?

While ICL can be an exceptional solution for many people, it isn’t for everyone. We recommend ICL for patients who:

  • Are between 21 and 45 years old
  • Have moderate to high levels of nearsighted prescription
  • Have mild to moderate astigmatism
  • Have a stable vision prescription
  • Are ready for a permanent vision solution without the daily hassles of contact lenses and glasses

What are the Benefits of ICL?

Like LASIK, PRK, and other vision correction procedures, ICL has the potential to change lives with one simple, outpatient surgery. ICL may be an option even for patients who aren’t a good fit for other laser eye surgeries. Here are a few unique benefits of ICL: 

ICL Doesn’t Affect the Cornea

Problems with the front surface of the eye, or cornea, can make wearing contacts intolerable and disqualify patients from having traditional laser vision surgeries like LASIK and PRK. These conditions include the following:

  • Dry eye
  • Corneal injuries, scars, or history of infections
  • Keratoconus (the thinning and bulging of corneal tissue)
  • Thin corneas

ICL is One of the Most Effective Treatments for Myopia

ICL is used to improve blurry vision caused by myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. In fact, ICL can correct higher levels of nearsightedness than other vision-correcting surgeries. 

ICL is Minimally-Invasive, Quick, and Permanent — but Entirely Reversible

ICL is one of the most flexible vision surgeries available. It’s possible to remove or replace the ICL should a patient’s vision drastically change, or when undergoing another eye surgery which alters vision. The fact that ICL is easily reversible or repeatable can grant peace-of-mind to patients. 

Visian ICL™ with Lusk Eye Specialists

We’ve built our reputation on our expertise, experienced staff, and ability to offer state-of-the-art eye surgeries and treatments. Our commitment is to always prioritize the patient experience. Providing surgical procedures that result in great vision for more patients is part of that. ICL at Lusk Eye Specialists is safe and effective and can give you a brand-new outlook on life.

ICL surgery is a great option for patients who may have previously been told they were not good candidates for traditional vision correction surgeries.

To learn more about ICLs, call us at 318-284-5550, or request an appointment.