ICL Surgeon Dr. Paul Dougherty on Visian ICL

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Vista Vision ICL Procedure™

Visian ICLDougherty Laser Vision was the first vision correction center in the Western US to offer the remarkable STAAR Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) for the treatment of mild to severe nearsightedness. As one of the leading implanters in the United States, Dr. Dougherty developed his own trademarked Vista Vision ICL Procedure™ as the first surgeon in the US to perform the Visian ICL procedure bilaterally, on both of a patient’s eyes during the same office visit. The Vista Vision ICL Procedure™ benefits patients by reducing the surgical time from four separate operations into twenty minutes, and speeds up the recovery time. Dougherty Laser Vision is one of the first Visian ICL centers in the nation to offer Sonomed UBM (ultrasound bio-microscopy), which measures the precise area for lens insertion. This technology helps Dr. Dougherty perform the implant procedure with exceptional precision.

Approved by the FDA in December 2005, the Visian ICL is an implantable contact lens made of a biocompatible material called collamer that allows the lens to be rolled into a tiny cylinder for insertion into the eye. As the lens is inserted, it gently unfolds behind the iris, where it remains virtually undetectable to an observer. View procedure video.

The Visian ICL can provide clear vision for nearsighted patients who are not good candidates for LASIK due to thin corneas or prescriptions that exceed the acceptable range for LASIK.

Dr. Dougherty helped pioneer the Visian ICL technology and was one of just a handful of surgeons in the US to serve as a principal investigator for the Visian ICL FDA clinical study. As such, he has implanted the Visian ICL internationally and on an investigational basis since 1999, long before it was approved for use in the US. In January 2006, Dougherty Laser Vision hosted the first post- approval ICL training session for US surgeons, and ophthalmologists from across the nation continue to come to our surgery centers to observe Dr. Dougherty performing the implant procedure.
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