Philadelphia Visian ICL™ Specialist - Dr. James S. Lewis
Serving Philadelphia, Bucks County, Montgomery County, Delaware Valley, Jenkintown, Abington, Northeast Philadelphia, Fort Washington, Elkins Park, Phoenixville, Conshohocken and Warminster .
Dr. Lewis is proud to offer his patients a variety of state-of-the-art vision correction treatments. In addition to LASIK and Epi-LASIK, he specializes in the implantation of Visian intraocular collamer lenses (ICLs). As the first surgeon in Pennsylvania trained to implant Visian ICLs, Dr. Lewis has helped numerous Philadelphia ICLs patients achieve clear vision through this procedure. His reputation as a highly talented, experienced Visian ICL Philadelphia surgeon attracts patients from throughout Pennsylvania, including Bucks County, Elkins Park, Phoenixville, Conshohocken and Warminster.
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Visian ICLs: Are They for Me?
Dr. Lewis offers Visian ICLs for nearsighted patients who desire to achieve clear vision without glasses but do not qualify for laser refractive surgery, such as LASIK or Epi-LASIK. While these procedures can treat mild to moderate myopia, they are not suitable for patients with severe nearsightedness. Visian ICLs, however, can be used to treat nearsightedness in the range of -20.00 diopters. Inserted in the eye, Visian ICL corrects its shape so that the eye refracts light rays correctly and provides clear vision. According to studies conducted by the FDA, 95 percent of patients who receive Visian ICLs achieve vision of 20/40 or better.
Visian ICL Procedure
Implantation of Visian ICLs takes only about 10 minutes to complete. First, Dr. Lewis prepares the eyes of his ICLs Philadelphia patients by applying anesthetic eye drops. He then places special retainers over the eyelids to prevent them from moving. Next, Dr. Lewis creates a tiny incision in the cornea, through which he inserts a folded Visian ICL. He positions this sophisticated implant behind the eye's iris and in front of the natural lens. Due to the tiny incision size, Visian ICL surgery does not require stitches or sutures and creates very little discomfort for the patient. After being placed, the Visian ICL unfolds to its full width. The implanted lens becomes permanent part of the eye and does not require any special care. This is why Visian ICLs are sometimes referred to as "permanent contacts."
If you have been told that you cannot undergo laser eye surgery due to severe myopia, schedule a consultation with the highly experienced Philadelphia Visian ICLs specialist Dr. Lewis. He will perform a thorough examination to determine if Visian ICLs can help you realize your dream of clear vision without glasses.
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In addition to helping Visian ICL Bucks County / Philadelphia patients achieve clear vision, Dr. Lewis specializes in performing advanced forms of laser eye surgery. Over the years, he has established a reputation as one of the most highly skilled Philadelphia LASIK and Epi-LASIK surgeons. Please visit the respective pages to learn more about these procedures offered by Dr. Lewis.
Some patients who aren’t candidate for LASIK or Epi-LASIK choose to have Staar’s Visian Intraocular Contact Lens, or more simply, the ICL.
Originally conceived for patients who are extremely nearsighted, the incredible visual results have prompted many surgeons to offer this option to patients who qualify for LASIK. The safety profile, the absence of dry eye, and the resulting “High Definition Vision” has prompted many patients to choose the ICL.
Some patients pick the ICL because the procedure is entirely reversible. The technique is performed with IV sedation and recovery is almost immediate. Many patients claim they achieve vision better than they ever experienced with glasses and contact lenses.
Only patients with low astigmatism will benefit from the ICL. Fortunately, the FDA is on the verge of approving the Toric-ICL or T-ICL. Staar developed the T-ICL to treat all nearsighted patients regardless of their astigmatism. The Europeans have had this modality available for almost 5 years and have had great success.
The vast majority of our patients qualify for LASIK, Epi-LASIK and the ICL. At your evaluation we will discuss how each procedure relates to your specific ocular condition and your personal goals. It is an exciting time in refractive surgery with new options becoming available every day.
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