Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) With Visian ICL

At Bernitsky Vision, our focus is you and your unique vision needs. We offer a range of procedures to improve eyesight in Albuquerque. The implantable contact lens surgery with Visian ICL is an innovative vision correction solution that can help patients with severe myopia (nearsightedness) who may not be candidates for other procedures such as LASIK.

How Does the Visian ICL Procedure Work?

The Visian ICL is a lens made of a highly biocompatible material called collamer. Dr. David Bernitsky, an experienced ICL surgeon, will order your lenses customized to your vision needs. A numbing anesthetic will be applied prior to ICL surgery and you may be offered an oral sedative. A small 3 mm incision, which does not require stitches, will be made and the lens is placed inside the eye just behind the iris. Once in place, the ICL is not visible and can be removed if needed.

Visian Toric ICL

Bernitsky Vision is pleased to offer the Visian Toric ICL to provide a wider range of vision correction options for patients with astigmatism. While the original Visian ICL was not able to treat astigmatism, the Visian Toric ICL was recently FDA approved to treat patients with myopia and astigmatism. This development significantly expands the possibility of vision correction for patients who have astigmatism but are not candidates for LASIK.

What Is The Difference Between ICL and LASIK?

LASIK and ICL are both effective vision correction procedures, with several differences. One primary distinction between the two methods is that, unlike LASIK, ICL does not reshape the cornea or remove any corneal tissue. ICL is not a laser procedure and it can treat patients with more severe myopia and those who may not be candidates for LASIK due to thin corneas or dry eyes. Additionally, ICL is reversible if the patient wishes to have the collamer lens removed.

Benefits of Visian ICL

There are many benefits to Implantable Contact Lens surgery with Visian ICL, including:

  • Visian ICL patients report a 99% Satisfaction Rate
  • Proven effective with over 900,000 procedures completed
  • Able to treat high levels of myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Visian Toric ICL can correct astigmatism
  • Possible option for patients who are not candidates for LASIK
  • No maintenance, unlike regular contact lenses
  • Cannot be seen or felt once implanted
  • Provides UVA and UVB protection
  • Patients typically report the procedure to be painless
  • Little to no recovery time required
  • Removable and reversible

Am I A Candidate for Implantable Contact Lenses With Visian ICL or Visian Toric ICL?

The best way to determine if ICL is right for you is to schedule a consultation with an experienced vision correction surgeon near you. In general, an ideal ICL candidate:

  • Is 21 and 45 years old
  • Is not a candidate for LASIK due to thin or irregular-shaped corneas or dry eyes
  • Has moderate to severe myopia, with or without astigmatism
  • Has good general eye health
  • Has maintained the same prescription for a minimum of six months

Results and Recovery with Visian ICL

Significant vision improvement results are possible with ICL and results are immediate after the procedure. With an extremely high patient satisfaction rating, minimal risk of side effects, and very little downtime needed after the procedure, Visian ICL is an optimal vision correction option for some patients.

The day of your ICL procedure, arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home, and plan to rest that day. Patients typically resume regular activities 2 days after ICL surgery. Dr. Bernitsky will schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure you are healing well with improved vision.

Why Choose Bernitsky Vision in Albuquerque for ICL?

Dr. David Bernitsky has over 25 years of experience with the full spectrum of vision correction procedures and was the first New Mexico eye surgeon certified to implant the Visian ICL in 2005. He has performed several hundred contact lens implant procedures and has been awarded the designation of “Top 100 Visian ICL Surgeons” in the United States. Learn more about Bernitsky Vision and our commitment to improving eyesight in New Mexico.

Contact Us

If you are interested in ICL, LASIK, or other vision correction options in greater Albuquerque, feel free to contact us with any questions. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Bernitsky to learn if ICL may be right for you.


1 Visian ICL Patient Information Booklet