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Price Vision Group conducting LASIK study

Price Vision Group is currently enrolling participants for a LASIK clinical study. If you are nearsighted and need glasses/contacts to see clearly, you may qualify for this study. Qualified study participants will be compensated for their time.

There is no cost to the patient but the clinical study will require participants to attend several postoperative follow-up visits.

If interested, please complete and submit the following form.

Enrollment for the LASIK study has been placed on hold for the time being due to participant slots being full. We will update this post if additional slots become available.


Yes!  The Visian ICL can often help those who are very nearsighted as a result of keratoconus. For young people with keratoconus, we often recommend corneal cross-linking to make sure the cornea becomes stable and the keratoconus does not progress. In many cases, we place small reinforcing rings in the cornea called either intracorneal ring segments or Intacs. The plastic ring segments help stabilize the distorted surface of the cornea to improve vision and decrease astigmatism. Once all is stable, we can use a Visian ICL to correct the leftover nearsightedness or myopia. We are lucky to live at a time when we have a number of options to treat keratoconus such as corneal cross-linking, intracorneal ring segments (Intacs), and the Visian ICL.


The UBM is an ultrasound that allows the doctor to see inside the eye, behind the iris (the colored part of the eye). Just like an ultrasound allows doctors to see inside our bodies for things like evaluating a pregnant woman to make sure a baby is OK, these ultrasounds allow us to look into an eye and make sure there are no abnormalities in the area of the eye where the Visian ICL is placed. It also allows us to accurately measure the space where the Visian ICL is positioned so the correct size can be determined. In my opinion, this has been more accurate than just measuring the width of the cornea. The width of the cornea is variable depending on how the white part of the eye and the cornea developed, or if there has been scarring from contact lens wear, infections, or other inflammatory problems on the surface of the eye. Although it takes a little longer to do the UBM measurements, I feel that it has greatly improved the outcomes with Visian ICL surgery.


This post has been updated on 9/24/18 to include the FDA approval of the Visian Toric ICL.
Yes you can still have a Visian ICL if you have astigmatism. STARR Surgical has announced the FDA approval for the Visian Toric ICL to correct myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. In addition to implanting a Visian Toric ICL, there are other options to treat astigmatism. The first and most frequent method is to place the incision to insert the Visian ICL in a such a way as to decrease the astigmatism. The next way is to make small incisions in the cornea to relax, or reduce the astigmatism, either at the time of surgery or later. In cases with more significant astigmatism, we typically do LASIK to eliminate the astigmatism. LASIK is very accurate in correcting astigmatism, depending on which Laser is being used.  In my opinion large amounts of astigmatism are accurately corrected with the Wavelight or Allegretto laser, and less so with the others, at least in my experience.


We have all heard of LASIK. LASIK has almost become routine as it provides rapid visual recovery, is safer than wearing contact lenses, and actually is much less expensive than contact lenses. So why would someone want a lens like the Visian ICL implanted inside the eye, instead? Here are 5 reasons:
1) In some cases a person has corneas that are too thin to allow either LASIK or
laser surgery on the surface of the eye (PRK, Advanced Surface Ablation,
2) In some cases one might have a refraction over 8 or 10 diopters (the
prescription in glasses or contact lenses). When the prescription in a pair of
glasses starts to get to 7 diopters, and certainly in the range of 8 to 10
diopters, using a laser to reshape the cornea is not as stable or predictable as
placing a lens inside the eye like the Visian ICL. The Visian ICL is approved
for prescriptions from -3.00 to -16.00 diopters. With the larger corrections
there is more variability in the laser results, but there is no increased
variability in the results for higher corrections with the Visian ICL. A person
can have excellent visual results even with high corrections without induced
aberations or problems being just on target.
3) Everyone gets cataracts if they live long enough. When one does get
cataracts, high corrections with lasers can make it difficult to get accurate
predictions for the correct power of lens implant used to fix the cataract.
However, with the Visian ICL there is no problem with the calculations, and
the Visian ICL lens can easily be removed at the time of cataract surgery
without increased risk to the eye when surgery is done by an experienced
Visian ICL surgeon.
4) When someone has very dry eyes, having LASIK or one of the surface
treatments(PRK, Advanced Surface Ablation, or LASEK) will increase the
problems with dry eyes – at least in the short term for 1 to 3 years. The
Visian ICL does not cause any increase in dry eye problems as it does not
interfere with the way the nerves work in the surface of the cornea.
5) The most common reason to be turned down for laser refractive surgery like
LASIK or PRK/Advanced Surface Ablation/LASEK is because screening tests
either show definite or suspected Keratoconus. Keratoconus is a condition
which causes the cornea to become weakened and bulge outward ruining the
vision. Any of the laser surgeries could weaken the cornea further so they
are not typically done if there is Keratoconus. However, the Visian ICL does
not weaken the cornea so it can be safely used to treat eyes that either have
Keratoconus or are suspected of having a tendency for Keratoconus.


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A: There are many advantages of both the Visian ICL and Lasik over contact lenses. I
will answer this as a series of answers.
Contact lenses continually move around on the eye with each blink. Contacts
have to move on the eye in order for tears to get under them and keep the tear fluid
under them intact and nutrients moving into and waist products out of the cornea
under the contact lens. This movement causes some blurring of the images seen
through the contact lenses. Neither the Visian ICL or Lasik move on the eye with
blinks so the images seen are more clear and steady than with contact lenses. The
Visian ICL has the added advantage of not inducing or causing any dry eye issues as
both contact lenses and laser refractive surgery can.
Astigmatism correction is problematic with contact lenses. Not only do
contacts move with each blink, but the contacts rotate, or turn either clock wise or
counter clock wise on the eye with each blink – the direction depends on which eye
it is left or right. Since astigmatism corrections need to be in a particular alignment
relative to a particular clock hour on the surface of the eye, the rotating of the
contact with each blink causes the astigmatism correction move out of the proper
alignment. Some contacts try to minimize this distortion by putting a ballast or a
heavier portion in the lens so it moves back after the blink rotates it. Other lenses
have special shapes so the lids tend to push the lens back in position. No matter
what is done though, the contact lenses move back and forth causing some
distortion for astigmatic corrections. With Lasik, the astigmatism correction is
permanently etched onto the eye so that blinking causes no distortion and the vision
is always clear with astigmatic corrections.
Both the Visian ICL and Lasik can be more cost effective than contact lenses,
as well as greener. No more wasteful packaging for contact lens solutions or contact
lenses after Lasik or Visian ICLs, one has a permanent correction that should last for
years. Visit our website for information on the time it takes for these surgeries be
more cost effective than contact lenses.
Safety: while both Lasik and the Visian ICL involve surgery, once the surgery
is done, there is no more handling of contact lens solutions or removing and
inserting contact lenses. While contacts are great, infections do routinely occur with
them from either a breakdown of the necessary hygiene needed to keep them clean
or from contamination with water or contaminants in the air. Contact lenses are the
most common reason adolescents have emergency room visits. Extended wear
contact lenses are the ones most commonly associated with increased rates of
infections related to contact lens wear.

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