Dr. Jonathan Christenbury First in Carolinas to Offer New Visian ICL for Nearsightedness

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Permanent “Contact Lens” Inside the Eye. In February, Dr. Jonathan Christenbury of the Christenbury Eye Center will be the first in the Carolinas to introduce the Visian ICL®, a unique implantable collamer intraocular lens that corrects nearsightedness, a condition affecting 1 in 4 people in the U.S.

­ Millions of Americans with common vision errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism have more choices than ever before for improving their eyesight.

Now there is yet another exciting new alternative for people who are very nearsighted.

In February, Dr. Jonathan Christenbury of the Christenbury Eye Center will be the first in the Carolinas to introduce the Visian ICL®, a unique implantable collamer intraocular lens that corrects nearsightedness, a condition affecting 1 in 4 people in the U.S.

Think of the Visian ICL as a contact lens inside the eye, but better, because it is permanent and will never dry out, become dirty, get lost or need to be re-inserted in the eye each morning. This type of intra-ocular lens is a Phakic IOL.

“We are pleased to offer patients one more advanced technology that will make a difference in their eyesight and their quality of life,” says Dr. Christenbury, who is known for his pioneering work in new vision care treatments, including WaveFront Custom IntraLASIK and the ReSTOR procedure that eliminates the need for reading glasses or bifocals.

The Visian ICL is designed to correct moderate to severe nearsightedness and offers people who were not good candidates for laser vision correction the freedom from having to wear glasses and contact lenses. The Visian is also ideal for patients who might be LASIK candidates but prefer a reversible procedure.

Staar Surgical received FDA approval for the Visian ICL in December 2005. Clinical results of a national study were excellent, with 94.7% of patients achieving eyesight of 20/40 or better without glasses or contact lenses, which allows them to drive a car without wearing corrective eyewear. More than 92% of patients said they were very or extremely satisfied with the improvement to their eyesight. The implantable lens is now available in the U.S. and Europe through selected eye surgeons. It has been successfully implanted in more than 45,000 eyes worldwide.

Intraocular lenses have been used successfully for many years with cataract surgery. But unlike cataract surgery, where the damaged lens is removed and replaced with a new artificial one, with the Visian ICL, the natural lens remains in place.

During the procedure, the Visian ICL is placed inside the eye in front of the natural lens. It is inserted behind the iris, the colored part of the eye, so it remains virtually undetectable except during an eye exam. However, should it ever become medically necessary, the ICL can be removed or replaced at any time in the future.

The lens is made of Collamer, a proprietary material composed of pure collagen that is biocompatible with the body, gentle on the eye and very stable. An innovative foldable design allows the eye surgeon to make a very tiny incision about 3 mm. in diameter that does not require stitches.

Nearsightedness, also called myopia, causes blurred vision and makes it difficult to see objects at a distance. That’s because light coming into the eye focuses incorrectly in front of the retina rather than on the back of the eye. The Visian ICL’s function is to focus light properly on the retina.

Candidates for Visian ICL must be between the ages of 21 and 45 with a stable refraction, meet the medical criteria and understand the risks of surgery for nearsightedness.

“The Visian ICL is an exciting new technology that is safe and effective,” says Dr. Christenbury. “It will allow people who are very nearsighted to enjoy the freedom of clear vision without relying on glasses or contact lenses.”

About the Christenbury Eye Center

Dr. Jonathan Christenbury established Christenbury Eye Center in 1987 and is known for his groundbreaking work in vision care. For more than a decade he has consistently been one of the first surgeons in the Carolinas to perform many pioneering vision care procedures.

Dr. Christenbury performed the first LASIK procedure in the Carolinas in the early 1990’s and since that time has performed more than 55, 000 laser vision correction procedures. He also performed the first IntraLASIK procedure on the East Coast and the first WaveFront Customized IntraLASIK in the Carolinas. In the Spring of 2005, the doctor was the first Carolinas eye surgeon to perform the ReSTOR procedure, used both for the treatment of cataracts and for eliminating reading glasses and bifocals for people with presbyopia. Today, Dr. Christenbury is the most experienced ReSTOR surgeon in the U.S.

To learn more, contact Christenbury Eye Center at 877-702-2020 or log onto the Web site at http://www.christenbury.com.

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