Visian ICL, a Hi-Def LASIK Alternative?


Implantable Contact Lenses, or ICL may be able to give you the eyesight you've always dreamed of without glasses or contacts.

There's a visionary with a Hi Def solution to get you out of your cumbersome glasses and into a life of visual nirvana. Like everyone, you were stunned at the remarkable clarity in the picture the first time you brought your new "Hi Def" TV home. The pristine picture in the new set compared to the old is incomprehensible, until you see it with your own eyes.

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That's what Dr. Paul Dougherty wants you to experience with your own vision, but without glasses or contacts. One of the most experienced vision correction physicians in the world, he wants you to have the best possible overall experience. People who never thought they'd ever have reasonable vision again are now seeing with unprecedented clarity with an imbedded contact lens called ICL.

Just as TV technology has made a quantum leap in how we view our favorite TV programs, remarkable advances in vision sciences have jumped dramatically. You can now live a hassle-free Hi Def life without glasses.

"LASIK has had a good run as the first major procedure to enable a quality, glasses-free visual life, and it's a great procedure for many patients," says Dr. Dougherty, a board certified ophthalmologist who's performed over 20,000 LASIK procedures. LASIK is a procedure that uses a laser to permanently change the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye. "Millions of people have undergone the LASIK procedure; most have been satisfied with their results, some have not," he adds.

As LASIK has grown in popularity, so too has the cavalier acceptance of it by both the public and a proliferation of physicians who've set up their businesses to treat mass numbers of patients. Many tend to operate with a cookie cutter style that's fast? too fast for some. What's compromised with this style of service is the patient's individual traits. "This isn't a 'one procedure suits all' world, and so it's important that your personal conditions are taken into account to determine the right procedure for you," insists Dr. Dougherty. "You may not be a candidate for LASIK. But you do have options," he says.

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The FDA has recently announced a probe into what they refer to as "the negative affects of LASIK." A number of LASIK patients, as many as 5%, have complained of poor outcomes and reduced quality of life due to their LASIK experience. Dry eyes (the most common complication), blurred vision, halos, double vision or ghosting, foggy vision and other issues can develop in LASIK patients. Dr. Dougherty say's "Proper examinations by qualified physicians using the right equipment ensure who is the right candidate for LASIK and who is not. Even one patient who develops a problem is one too many."

The secret to getting the best care overall is in seeing a physician who practices at the leading edge, one who is expert in all the best procedures who will ensure that your individual conditions are reviewed thoroughly for a customized solution.

Dr. Dougherty was one of the very first ophthalmologists to have LASIK performed on his own eyes. He's known as the "doctor's doctor" for performing all the various procedures, not just LASIK, on other ophthalmologists. His clientele includes a long list of high profile Hollywood actors as well.

Over the last few years a newer technique has been introduced that delivers on the ultra promise of "Hi Definition" vision. It does it while avoiding the problems a small group of patients are now experiencing with LASIK. It's a godsend for those patients with medium to strong myopia and utilizes an imbedded lens.

Perhaps the best of the best is the Visian ICL, the implantable contact lens. Visian's ICL provides a big difference between "visual acuity" (20/20 vision is considered normal visual acuity) and "visual quality." Many refractive procedures such as LASIK offer the promise of improved visual acuity but the quality of your vision may vary significantly based on the procedure you choose. The Visian ICL provides vision correction that goes beyond LASIK. It helps you enjoy sharper, clearer, and more vivid vision, with greater depth and dimension.

Unlike LASIK, the Visian ICL is reversible, giving the patient the ultimate level of confidence. A world-class physician like Dr. Dougherty has the right credentials and equipment to make proper examinations and help you make the right choice for you.

Dr. Dougherty served as the principal investigator for the FDA clinical study with the Visian ICL that began in 1999. He's one of very few physicians who can perform on both eyes at the same time, a procedure that takes about thirty minutes. He's also assistant clinical instructor of ophthalmology at UCLA's prestigious Jules Stein Eye Institute. He's appeared on the TV show The Doctors with a patient who was legally blind, and after undergoing the Visian ICL procedure with Dr. Dougherty came away with better than 20/20 vision. He routinely teaches and lectures worldwide.

If you're considering LASIK you owe it to yourself to understand all the options and issues. The Visian ICL can be a far better option for many. Know that you have options and make sure your physician has the depth of background to be able to recommend what's right for you as an individual.

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Source: Dr. Paul Dougherty