Visian ICL™
(insertable contact lens)

Black Eyed Peas’ member, apl.de.ap, has Visian ICL™
with Dr. Brian – on Good Morning America!

Black Eyed Peas’ apl.de.ap with his eye surgeon Dr. Brian

Click image to watch apl.de.ap’s vision restored


The following provides you with the “Must Know” essentials about the Visain ICL™:

Overview – A Remarkable Way for Improved Eyesight

Insertable lenses are one of the most exciting new breakthroughs in the field of enhanced vision care. After 13 years of study in Europe, insertable lenses are now approved by FDA to correct vision.
The procedure is outpatient and can be typically performed in 10 minutes per eye with the goal of improvement to the patient’s vision by the very next day. Visian ICL™ can also be updated with a new prescription should vision change in the future. Potential benefit of Visian ICL™ is improved eyesight and potential risks are suboptimal vision, infection, inflammation, loss of vision among others. That is the reason that Dr. Brian and every staff member is highly “detail-oriented” about every step of the process for every patient. Dr. Brian and his team have published results in the medical literature and presented results at numerous medical conferences on Visian ICL™.

EVALUATIONS POTENTIAL BENEFIT to PATIENT
Internal lens position Ability to provide sharper vision than LASIK for poorer levels of eyesight (higher prescriptions stengths)
Stable lens No need for maintenance. You’ll typically not feel the ICL. Material won’t degrade.
Patient fear of LASIK Alleviates concerns in patients who are uncomfortable with LASIK lasers

Seeing is Freeing – Imagine Life without Contacts and Glasses™

FDA-approved, Visian ICL is a remarkable tool for improved eyesight

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Dr. Brian answers most common questions about the safety of the Visian ICL™ (insertable contact lens) procedure.

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  • Exactly where is the Visian ICL™ placed in the eye?
    • Visian ICL™ is placed in the “posterior chamber” – behind the iris (color portion of the eye) and in front of the eye’s natural lens. The lens does not touch any internal eye structures and stays in position.
  • Will it hurt?
    • We use powerful numbing drops to keep you comfortable during the procedures. There can be some slight pressure during the procedure, but overall patients say “that was easier than a visit to my dentist.”
  • Someone told me there are no long-term studies on Visian ICL™. Is that true?
    • The basic procedure is similar to cataract surgery with placement of an intra-ocular lens, which dates back to the 1940s. The Visian ICL™ procedure has been successfully performed since 1997 and was FDA approved in 2005. Over 150,000 surgeries have been performed in the United States since 2005. Over 60 years of long-term cataractlens studies and 5 year post-market FDA approval studies has showed excellent long term results. The satisfaction rate amoung patietns is extremely high – above 99%. Visian ICL™ provides excellent and stable outcomes. With any procedure there is an element of risk, so it’s important to consult an eye doctor about being a candidate and discuss the details of Visian ™ for your needs. In addition, select a surgeon who has performs Visian ICL™ regularly is advised.
  • Should I wait until something else comes along?
    • The decision to have the procedure done is yours. If you are determined to be a good candidate, your expectation is to be happy with the results, however it is not possible to make any guarantees. If you are not comfortable, then we would not want you to have anything done.
  • What is Visian ICL™ made of?
    • Visian ICL™ is made of Collamer, an advanced lens material that is highly bicompatible Collamer and does not cause a reaction inside the eye. Also, the material contains a UV filter that provides additional protection to the eye beyond sunglasses.
  • What if my vision changes?
    • In good candidates, there is typically no need to worry about ever having large vision changes. The advantage to the Visian ICL™ is flexibility. If your vision did happen to change, the lens can be removed and replaced with a different power or another procedure can be performed at anytime. In addition, with Visian ICL™ you can wear glasses or contacts lenses if your vision did change.
  • What is involved in the Visian ICL™ procedure?
    • The actual Visian ICL™ procedure typically takes approximately 10-15 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis. Normally, very little discomfort is associated with this procedure. A very powerful topical anesthetic eye drop is instilled in the eyes to keep your eyes numb and a mild sedative is given to keep your relaxed and comfortable (no needeles or IV medications are ever used). You will come back the next day after the procedure for a follow-up visit and in most cases will be able to resume driving and most activities after this follow-up visit. Eye drops and oral medications are prescribed to be used for a couple of weeks after the procedure to help with healing.
  • I live outside of Beverly Hills and don’t like to drive a lot. Doesn’t that make me ineligible to have the Visian ICL™ procedure with Dr. Brian?
    • Actually we have a number of patients who come from outside of Beverly Hills as well as outside the state and country. You will need to plan to be in the area for 7-8 days for preoperative exam, procedure and initial follow-up. Then it is no problem to have a qualified colleague of Dr. Brian’s assist in the after surgery follow-up care if that is more convenient. We are happy to coordinate your aftercare and assist you with local hotel accommodations if desired. You are also welcome to return to our office for follow-up care visits at 3 months and 12 months after the procedure.
  • Can the lenses dry out or get dirty like contact lenses?
    • No. Patients who get dry eyes from traditional contact lenses may be ideally suited for Visian ICL™ since this lense cannot be felt. Visian ICL™ avoids problems experienced with traditional contact lenses. It is designed to remain in place and inside your eye, without maintenance. A routine, annual visit with your eye doctor is recommended to make sure everyting is fine.
  • Can the Visian ICL™ be seen by the naked eye?
    • No. The lens is positioned behind the iris (colored portion of the eye). This makes the lens invisible to both you and observers. You enjoy a cosmetic appearance that is natural. Only your doctor will be able to tell that vision correction has taken place.
  • Can the Visian ICL™ be felt inside my eye?
    • No. The lens is not noticeable after it is put in place; similar to a dental filling you don’t notice after it has settled into your teeth. It does not attach to any structures within the eye, therefore there is no pulling sensation. The lens is gently tucked behind the iris (colored portion of the eye) where it stays in position.
  • How long does the Visian ICL™ stay in my eye?
    • The Visian ICL™ is intended to remain in place without maintenance on a permanent basis. Should it become necessary, the lens can be removed by a certified ophthalmologist. At some point in life, most people regardless of having the Visian ICL™ or not will develope cataracts. At this point the Visian ICL™ lens will be removed along with your natural lens that has developed into a cataract and then a new clear lens will be inserted into the eye.
  • Will I have to miss weeks of work and stay in bed?
    • Most patients take 1-2 days off work as “medical leave”. Patients typically drive and go back to work the day after the follow-up exam the very next day after the procedure.
  • Do I have to give up my workouts for a few weeks?
    • Patients usually resume light work-outs 3 days after the procedure and strenuous work-outs 1 week after procedure. We advise refraining from swimming or water sports for 2 weeks.

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The Advantages Visian ICL™ Offers

Quality of Vision

The Visian ICL offers high quality of vision. Two unique factors help explain this superior optical performance. First, the Visian ICL is made of Collamer – a soft, flexible lens material that contains a small amount of collagen – making the lens extremely biocompatible for a lifetime of clear vision. Second, the lens is placed inside of the eye, where it continues to focus light typically without any maintenance required.

Safety

The Visian ICL is inserted into the eye by an ophthalmologist through a small, micro incision. The lens unfolds in the eye and is positioned between the iris and the natural lens where it stays indefinitely. The procedure takes approximately 10 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis.

Advanced Lens Material

The Visian ICL is made of Collamer, an advanced lens material that has unique properties. Collamer transmits light and reduces reflections that can interfere with vision to enhance vision. Made of a copolymer and collagen, Collamer is also highly biocompatible. It allows the Visian ICL to rest quietly in position while correcting vision. Collamer is the only lens material made with collagen – a top choice for a lens that is going to remain inside your body for a lifetime.

Removable

The Visian ICL is not designed to alter any structures within the eye or on the cornea. If necessary, it can be removed from the eye.

Invisible and Undetectable

You won’t be able to see the Visian ICL in your eye, and typically neither will anybody else.

Excellent For a Wide Range of Vision Correction needs

Anyone seeking clear vision may be a candidate for the Visian ICL, including patients with extreme or special vision correction needs.

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News Media Videos Featuring Visian ICL™

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Patient Videos

Why People Say “You Got to See Dr. Brian for Visian ICL™”

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