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Vincenzo Maurino is a world renowned expert implantable contact lens surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

Visian ICL: Better than  laser vision correction in patients with high prescription glasses or contact lenses, dry eyes and corneal abnormalities.  Mr Maurino is a Consultant Eye Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital where he is a specialist in corneal,  lens and laser eye surgery.  Our clinic is based at Moorfields Eye Hospital Private patient Unit and offers the most advanced and comprehensive approach to vision surgery incorporating the latest techniques of laser eye surgery, lens surgery and the Visian ICL surgery for treatment of patients with high levels of short sight or unsuitable for laser surgery (thin corneas, keratoconus, dry eyes, etc.).

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The Visian ICL   is a well established alternative to laser eye surgery, with over 300,000 lenses implanted, and is not only for patients with very high prescriptions. The procedure is also reversible. In comparative studies in patients with myopia of more than 6 D,  the Visian ICL  has been shown to be safer, more predictable and give better outcomes than  laser eye surgery . In addition is not associated with dry eyes after surgery and may be better suited to patients with pre-existant dry eyes. Visual recovery is fast, with near normal vision just a few hours after surgery.

The Visian ICL is made of a natural collagen material similar to the material used in hearth valve replacement surgery. The material is known as “Collamer” and this  is a technologically advanced lens material which is 100% compatible with the human body’s natural chemistry. Among Collamer’s advantages are that it is anti-reflectivity and UV protection.

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Mr Maurino Visian ICL surgery is always performed at Moorfields Eye Hospital and takes about 15 minutes. The Visian ICL is simply injected through a small incision and rests in front of your natural lens. The ICL is invisible to the human eye and does not cause any feeling of grittiness.  One eye is usually operated on at a time. 

Visian ICL surgery is safe and predictable, but like any  surgery carries a very small risk of complications.

Choosing  a reputable and experienced consultant eye surgeon significantly reduces risks. Mr Maurino has been performing Visian ICL Surgery since 2006 and his outcomes are second to none.

Visian ICL Surgery.

I had my ICL op at the end of May  and I am extremely happy with the results. I went from about -14 in both eyes to 20/20 vision so the change was quite dramatic. It really is like having HD vision. I think it’s probably one of the best things I’ve done so it’s definitely money well spent. I would recommend anyone with severe myopia to have this surgery done, especially under the care of Mr Maurino. Mr Maurino was very helpful throughout the whole process and clearly explained any queries that I had regarding the surgery. He and is staff are a credited to their profession and I couldn’t praise them enough.
  T G, ICL patient, 2014.

For patients with higher prescriptions (typically -8.00D and above; +4.00D and above and high Astigmatism up to +/- 6 D) and others unsuitable for laser surgery (such as thin cornea, abnormal corneal shape or some forms of keratoconus), alternative techniques based on lens implantation are more appropriate. A number of different lens implants have been developed for correcting high refractive errors but the Visian Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) **LINK produced by STAAR has had FDA approval and CE mark and is proven to be the safest. Unlike LASIK  that  permanently changes the eye, one of the important advantages of the Visian ICL is that while it can permanently correct the vision, in the unlikely event that an ICL patient experiences negative side effects after surgery, the ICL lens can be removed and/or replaced if necessary.

Visian ICL – Implantable Contact Lens

Visian ICL - Implantable Contact Lens

During surgery, the flexible ICL is folded and inserted into the eye through a 2.5 mm corneal incision. Specialised instruments are used to unfold the lens and position it correctly between the natural lens and the iris.  The Visian ICL effectively builds your contact lens or spectacle correction into the eye. The ICL is made from a soft gel material, based on natural and artificial collagen. Because the lens is implanted within the eye, no cleaning is required. There is no need of a peripheral iridectomy (little hole in the iris) to allow normal movement of fluids in the front of the eye since the latest ICL model (Visian Aquaport) does have a built in hole that allows free fluid movements in the eye. For higher astigmatism (>1.50D)  toric ICL (TICL), which incorporate an optical correction for astigmatism are readily available. The angle at which these lenses are implanted determines the accuracy of correction, and minor revision procedures to rotate the lenses may be required in some patients for the best results.

Patients previously ineligible for laser eye surgery prior to ICL implantation may find that any residual short- or long-sight after ICL implantation would normally be  within the safe range for laser treatment. Surface laser treatments such as NO TOUCH LASEK or Bladeless LASIK  can be performed safely, if further correction is desired, from 3 months after ICL surgery. 

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Mr Maurino is a recognised authority in implantable contact lens surgery and has pioneered the use of toric implantable lenses to correct high astigmatism after corneal transplant surgery in young patients – read more.