Dr. Rex Hamilton of the Santa Monica Eye Medical Group recently performed bilateral implantable contact lens (or ICL) surgery using STAAR Surgical’s new Visian Toric ICL. Recently approved by the FDA, this type of ICL is a new solution for individuals with high levels of myopia as well as astigmatism.
An ICL is placed in each eye behind the iris and in front of the crystalline lens to correct the patient’s vision. In a procedure that takes less than 30 minutes per eye, the Visian Toric ICL lets Dr. Hamilton treat more types of patients with higher levels of astigmatism as well as myopia while preserving the corneal structure of the eye. The lenses are designed not only to improve the patient’s vision, but provide additional UV protection and enhanced night vision. An additional benefit of the Toric ICL is that it prevents the need to perform multiple surgical procedures as both myopia and astigmatism can be corrected simultaneously.
Often patients who have moderate to high levels of myopia and some astigmatism opt to undergo a refractive procedure such as LASIK (Laser in-situ Keratomileusis) or SMILE (Small Incision Lens Extraction). However, certain individuals who suffer from levels of myopia that border on the maximum corrective power of LASIK have a solution in Visian ICLs. With the advent of the new Visian Toric ICL, patients who suffer from large levels of both myopia and astigmatism can see a dramatic improvement in their quality of life after surgery.
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Dr. Rex Hamilton is one of the top LASIK and Cataract specialists serving Santa Monica and the greater Los Angeles area. Learn more about his career to see if he’s the right surgeon for your vision correction procedure.