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Phakic IOL's

Phakic IOL

Verisyse™ and Staar Visian ICL™ - Effective Nearsightedness Treatment at Chicago Cornea Consultants

A closeup animation of phakic intraocular lens placement.Prior to the availability of the Verisyse™ phakic intraocular lens (IOL) and Staar Visian ICL™ treatments, individuals with moderate to severe nearsightedness or thin corneas had little recourse but to correct their vision with contact lenses or glasses. Now with the innovative Verisyse™ phakic IOL and Staar Visian ICL™ technologies, Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd. offers a way for our patients to dispense almost entirely with the inconvenience of contacts and the cosmetic imposition of glasses. At last, our patients can have all the benefits that LASIK recipients have enjoyed for so long. If you have been denied LASIK or other treatment because of too-thin corneas or a too-strong prescription for nearsightedness, the Verisyse™ phakic IOL and Staar Visian ICL™ technologies used by Chicago Cornea Consultants at all of our locations (Chicago, Highland Park and Hoffman Estates) may be able to help you.

Verisyse™ Phakic Intraocular Lenses

In October 2004, the FDA approved the long-awaited Verisyse™ phakic intraocular lens. The Verisyse™ technology, now available from Chicago Cornea Consultants, enables even the most nearsighted individual (up to –20D myopia) to enjoy freedom from dependence on glasses and contact lenses. The Verisyse™ lens has been used in more than 150,000 procedures over the past 18 years by European doctors, so patients can be assured that the lens is safe and effective. Adding to this reassurance, though the Verisyse™ procedure is meant to be permanent, it can be reversed if a patient prefers. The doctors of Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd. have performed the Verisyse™ procedure on numerous patients, and they and their patients have been impressed with the exceptional outcomes.

Click on the images below to read Time magazine features about the Verisyse™ procedure now offered by Chicago Cornea Consultants.

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Staar Visian ICL™ — A Solution to Nearsightedness

The VisianICL Correction Advancement logo.In addition to the Verisyse™ lens, the FDA has recently approved the Staar Visian™ Intraocular Collamer Lens ( ICL). Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd. is proud to be among the first practices in the area to perform the Staar Visian ICL™ procedure, featured recently in a Chicago Tribune news story.

The Staar Visian ICL™ presents a new way for patients who struggle with up to –15D myopia to forego the nuisance of contact lenses and clumsy glasses and attain excellent vision. The Visian ICL™ is made to strict specifications from Collamer. Collamer is a proprietary, highly biocompatible material derived from pure collagen and a hydrophilic copolymer with a UV absorbing chromophore. Used for more than 15 years in thousands of procedures in Europe and the United States, the Collamer-based Staar Visian ICL™ has an excellent safety profile.

The Staar Visian ICL™ Surgery

Click HERE to watch a video that shows how the Staar Visian ICL™ procedure is performed by a Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd. eye surgeon.

 Laser iridotomies completed

1. Laser iridotomies completed

Sideport incision being made

2. Sideport incision being made 

 ICL insertion begins

3. ICL insertion begins 

 ICL unfolds inside the eye

4. ICL unfolds inside the eye

The Staar Visian ICL™ surgery is performed in a Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd. operating room, with local anesthesia, on an outpatient basis. The procedure is relatively painless and causes little postoperative discomfort. Like the Verisyse™ lens, the Staar Visian ICL™ is a phakic intraocular lens that sits on the natural crystalline lens in each of your eyes. In the Visian ICL™ procedure, your Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd. eye surgeon performs the following steps (graphically illustrated below):

1. About two weeks before performing the Staar Visian ICL™ procedure, your Chicago Cornea surgeon will perform a laser iridotomy on each eye. A tiny hole is made by a laser in the iris to allow fluid to move between the front chamber of the eye and the Visian ICL™.

2. Prior to performing the Staar Visian ICL™ surgery, your Chicago Cornea surgeon will numb each of your eyes with eyedrops. No other anesthesia is necessary. Then the actual surgery proceeds. Your surgeon will make three microscopic incisions, one central and two side port, where the iris (the colored part) meets the white part of the eye.

3. Next, a gel-like substance is injected into the eye. Your surgeon then injects the Staar Visian ICL™ into the central incision so that it sits on the eye’s natural crystalline lens.

4. After it is placed in the eye, the Staar Visian ICL™ gently unfolds, and your Chicago Cornea surgeon aligns it perfectly over the crystalline lens. The surgery is now complete! Because the incisions are so small, they heal quickly. There is no need for stitches of any kind.


The Staar Visian ICL™ surgery takes about 15 minutes from beginning to end. After completing the procedure, your Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd. surgeon will prescribe some eyedrops for you, and a return checkup visit will be scheduled for you the following day. A friend will drive you home so that you can rest for a few hours, and then you will begin your new life with excellent vision.

Who Is a Candidate for the Staar Visian ICL™ Procedure?

The Staar Visian ICL™ procedure is an excellent choice for patients aged 21 to 45 who are nearsighted or who have thin corneas. In addition, if you have been denied LASIK surgery because of chronically dry eyes or oversize pupils, Staar Visian ICL™ may be able to provide the vision correction you desire. If you have had previous eye surgery, including LASIK, you may be unable to have the Staar Visian ICL™ procedure. Likewise, those who have had an ophthalmic disease such as glaucoma may not be able to have Staar Visian ICL™.

Staar Visian ICL™ and Verisyse™ — Quick, Safe, and Effective

The Staar Visian ICL™ and Verisyse™ procedures truly offer our patients a quick, pain-free, and highly safe and effective way to correct myopia. If you are nearsighted and have been turned down for LASIK or other vision correction procedures, Staar Visian ICL™ or Verisyse™ may be just the answer you’ve been seeking. Call or come in any of our offices (Chicago, Highland Park and Hoffman Estates) to see how you can benefit from these amazing advancements in ophthalmic technology.

To learn more about the exciting possibilities offered by the Verisyse™ and Staar Visian ICL™ vision correction procedures, contact Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd. today.

For more information visit the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), Verisyse™, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and Staar Surgical Visian ICL™.

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