Philadelphia Visian ICL™

Specialist – Dr. James S. Lewis serving Philadelphia, Bucks County, Montgomery County, Delaware Valley, Jenkintown, Abington, Northeast Philadelphia, Fort Washington, Elkins Park, Phoenixville, Conshohocken and Warminster .

Dr. Lewis is proud to offer his patients a variety of state-of-the-art vision correction treatments. In addition to LASIK and Epi-LASIK, he specializes in the implantation of Visian intraocular collamer lenses (ICLs). As the first surgeon in Pennsylvania trained to implant Visian ICLs, Dr. Lewis has helped numerous Philadelphia ICLs patients achieve clear vision through this procedure. His reputation as a highly talented, experienced Visian ICL Philadelphia surgeon attracts patients from throughout Pennsylvania, including Bucks County, Elkins Park, Phoenixville, Conshohocken and Warminster.

Some patients who aren’t candidate for LASIK or Epi-LASIK choose to have Staar’s Visian Intraocular Contact Lens, or more simply, the ICL.

Originally conceived for patients who are extremely nearsighted, the incredible visual results have prompted many surgeons to offer this option to patients who qualify for LASIK. The safety profile, the absence of dry eye, and the resulting “High Definition Vision” has prompted many patients to choose the ICL.

Some patients pick the ICL because the procedure is entirely reversible. The technique is performed with IV sedation and recovery is almost immediate. Many patients claim they achieve vision better than they ever experienced with glasses and contact lenses.

Only patients with low astigmatism will benefit from the ICL. Fortunately, the FDA is on the verge of approving the Toric-ICL or T-ICL. Staar developed the T-ICL to treat all nearsighted patients regardless of their astigmatism. The Europeans have had this modality available for almost 8 years and have had great success.

The vast majority of our patients qualify for LASIK, Epi-LASIK and the ICL. At your evaluation we will discuss how each procedure relates to your specific ocular condition and your personal goals. It is an exciting time in refractive surgery with new options becoming available every day.

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Robert talks about his Intraocular Contact Lens (ICL)
Robert talks about his Intraocular Contact Lens (ICL)

Robert talks about his Intraocular Contact Lens (ICL)

Last week Robert had bilateral, same day implantation of Staar's Visian Intraocular Contact Lens. He had his surgery at Wills Eye in Warminster, Bucks County, Pennsylvania by Dr. James Lewis. Robert drives at night without glare or halos, has no difficulty using his laptop and no problems with dry eye. The popularity of the ICL is growing and may match or even overtake LASIK and Epi-LASIK. He choose ihatemyglasses.com in Elkins Park, PA for his vision correction surgery.

Kathleen can see again
Kathleen can see again

Kathleen can see again

Kathleen came to Dr. Lewis with almost 20 units of nearsightedness and difficulty wearing her contact lenses. She had Intraocular Contact Lenses (Visian ICL) over a year ago and can hardly remember having problems with her vision.

Staar's Visian ICL:  Bilateral Surgery
Staar's Visian ICL: Bilateral Surgery

Staar's Visian ICL: Bilateral Surgery

LASIK no longer has an advantage over Staar's Visian ICL (Intraocular Contact Lens). Nearly half of the ICL's inserted in the US are now being done bilaterally. Convenience and cost control couples with safety making the ICL the latest alternative to LASIK, SBK, and Epi-LASIK. The Staar Collamer Phakic Implant corrects 3 to 16 diopters of nearsightedness with an almost instant return of stable, sharp, clear vision. James Lewis, MD, of the Wills Eye Surgical Network and The Pennsylvania College of Optometry, narrates and performs this surgery. Originally the ICL was considered for patients not suitable for LASIK. It is now considered an alternative that may be better than LASIK for many. There are less halos, starbursts and glare and absolutely no dry eye, regression or corneal issues after surgery. Dr. Lewis uses the Zeiss Visante™ (OCT: Optical Coherence Tomographer) to assess the patients both pre and post-operatively.

In addition to helping Visian ICL Bucks County / Philadelphia patients achieve clear vision, Dr. Lewis specializes in performing advanced forms of laser eye surgery. Over the years, he has established a reputation as one of the most highly skilled Philadelphia LASIK and Epi-LASIK surgeons. Please visit the respective pages to learn more about these procedures offered by Dr. Lewis.