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Honolulu Opthalmologist Alan R. Faulkner, MD Discusses Advantages of Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) over LASIK Laser Vision Correction

On the occasion of his 100th implantable contact lens (ICL) procedure, Dr. Alan R. Faulkner with Aloha Laser Vision in Honolulu, Hawaii is letting patients know that LASIK is not the only effective way to reduce dependence on corrective eyewear.

(Vocus) March 14, 2009 -- Millions of patients have undergone LASIK laser vision correction surgery since its popularity started soaring in the mid-1990’s, resulting in better vision and a reduced need for eyeglasses and contact lenses. However, there are many patients who would like to address common vision impairments such as nearsightedness who do not qualify for LASIK, or who would like alternatives to laser surgery. Dr. Alan R. Faulkner is a leading laser eye surgeon in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was the first physician to perform the Visian ICL™ vision correction procedure in the state. The Visian ICL™ uses implantable contact lens (ICL) technology for patients who cannot, or will not, undergo LASIK. “The Visian is an implantable lens; it kind of looks like a contact lens but it’s made to put inside the eye.”

The Visian ICL™ is implanted behind the iris (the colored part of the eye) and rests on the eye’s natural lens. Recently approved by the FDA, the Visian ICL™ has successfully been implanted in more than 60,000 patients. “For many patients, the Visian’s actually a better and a safer alternative because of some of the potential complications of LASIK itself.”

The ICL is designed to correct blurred vision that accompanies nearsightedness, or myopia. Unlike LASIK, the Visian ICL™ does not permanently change the structure of the eye, and the lens itself is removable. Dr. Faulkner says the procedure is helpful to a large number of patients, primarily because it serves as an effective and viable alternative. “A lot of the patients for Visian would absolutely be unsafe patients for LASIK because their corneas would end up too thin for what we know the eye can tolerate.”

Aloha Laser Vision has achieved a significant milestone: Dr. Faulkner performed the 100th implantable contact lens procedure last week. For one of his patients who suffered from severe nearsightedness, Dr. Faulkner says the results from the Visian ICL™ have been extraordinary. “She went on after a very short recovery period to actually see 20/10 – which means she can see at 20 feet what a normal person sees at 10 feet. So it’s double normal vision.” Dr. Faulkner also says his Honolulu, Hawaii implantable contact lens (ICL) patients typically see immediate results, moments after the procedure is complete.

Dr. Faulkner says while many of his Honolulu, Hawaii LASIK patients have experienced great success with that procedure, patients who suffer from myopia, or would otherwise not be candidates for laser surgery, may want to take advantage of the significant vision improvement that can be achieved with implantable contact lens technology.

Alan R. Faulkner is an implantable contact lens (ICL) surgeon in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and serves as medical director of Aloha Laser Vision. For more information on the Visian ICL™, Dr. Faulkner can be reached at Aloha Laser Vision, 1100 Ward Avenue, Suite 1000, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814 – (800) 984-4341, or via his website at


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