Visian ICL and LASIK Comparison for Moderate to High Myopia
A study published in Cornea entitled Comparison of Implantable Contact Lens and Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis for Moderate to High Myopia conducted by the Center for Clinical Research features a two-year clinical study comparing the results of Visian ICL and LASIK corrective eye surgery. It reports the following:
- The Visian ICL creates favorable outcomes in stability and provides high-quality vision even to those patients requiring high corrections.
- The Visian ICL has some advantages over LASIK; the patient’s pupil size is less important and a patient doesn’t need to have thick corneas to successfully undergo myopia treatment with the Visian ICL.
- Since the Visian ICL allows for corrective eye surgery with no permanent structural change to the cornea, it can be removed if the patient dislikes the results – an option not available to LASIK patients.
- The Visian ICL offers the moderate to highly myopic patient a viable alternative to corneal laser refractive surgery.1
The discussion in the report states that the “dramatic improvement of the Visian ICL over the LASIK procedure is not unexpected since it is more accurate to manufacture the exact correction with a lens implant than to ablate the correction onto the corneal tissue, which is then subject to corneal healing. This is especially dramatic in view of the fact that 23% of the LASIK cases required enhancement surgery compared with only 4.3% in the ICL cases."
Visian ICL Myopia Research
This Clinical research shows that Visian ICL corrective procedures are safe and effective for treatment of myopia. Other clinical research has also shown that Visian ICL:
- can provide sharp, clear vision1,2, 3, ,
- does not induce dry eye syndrome4,
- can provide excellent night vision5,
- and can be a great option for patients with thin corneas6,7.
Professionals wishing to learn more about the Visian ICL clinical results in patients with mild, moderate, or severe myopia should contact STAAR® Surgical Company.
- Sanders DR, Vukich JA. Comparison of implantable contact lens and laser assisted in situ keratomileusis for moderate to high myopia. J. Cornea Ext Dis, 2003;22(4):324-331*
- Shin, JY. Ahn, H. Seo, KY. Kim, EK. Kim, TK. Comparison of higher order aberrations after implantable collamer lens implantation and wavefront-guided lasek in high myopia. J Refract Surg. 2012; 28(2): 106-111.
- Igarashi, A. Kamiya, K. Shimizu, K. Komatsu, M. Visual Performance after implantable collamer lens implantation and wavefront-guided laser in situ keratomileusis for high myopia. Am J Opthalmol. 2009.
- By not removing and reshaping corneal tissue, the Visian ICL procedure does not induce dry eye syndrome. Naves, J.S. Carracedo, G. Cacho-Babillo, I. Diadenosine Nucleotid Measurements as Dry-Eye Score in Patients After LASIK and ICL Surgery. Presented at American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) 2012.
- Parkhurst, G. Prospective Comparative Trial of LASIK vs. ICL for Night Vision Performance. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the AAO, Chicago, 2010.
- Parkhurst, G. Psolka, M. Kezirian, G. Phakic intraocular lens implantantion in United States military warfighters: A retrospective analysis of early clinical outcomes of the Visian ICL. J Refract Surg. 2011;27(7):473-481.
- Gimbel, Howard V et al. Management of myopic astigmatism with phakic intraocular lens implantation. Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery , Volume 28 , Issue 5 , 883 – 886.
*Drs. Sanders and Vukick were paid consultants to STAAR Surgical Company at the time they conducted this study.