Spotlight On Advertiser: First implantable contact lens surgery is a success


On Thursday, November 1, Shaylee Thar from Chandler, Arizona was the successful recipient of the first Visian Toric Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) in the Southwest. The surgery was performed by Dr. Scott Perkins, Founding Partner of Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center.

The procedure provides a new solution for patients with moderate to high levels of myopia and astigmatism in one simple procedure following FDA approval of STAAR Surgical’s Visian Toric ICL. Only a few procedures have been performed in the United States after a recent FDA approval of the treatment.

“This has changed my life,” said Shaylee. Immediately after the procedure, she was able to read the clock in the operating room. “She sat up after the second eye and even cried a little bit which makes us a little teary eyed, too,” said Dr. Perkins.

Commenting on the success of the procedure, Dr. Perkins said, “It was great. It was very straightforward having the same techniques that I use for putting in ICL’s over the past, almost 20 years. I knew exactly what to do.”

The Visian Toric ICL is an additive technology in which a lens is placed behind the iris and in front of the eye’s crystalline lens to correct vision. This method works with the eye to not only restore clear and sharp vision, (1, 2, 3) but also provide UV protection and excellent night vision (4).

The Visian Toric ICL eliminates multiple surgical procedures by correcting astigmatism and myopia simultaneously (5). In a procedure that takes less than 30 minutes, Visian Toric ICL lets doctors treat more patients with astigmatism and myopia while preserving the corneal structure of the eye.

FDA approval was based on results from the Visian Toric ICL clinical study which reported 98.4% of patients would have the Visian Toric ICL surgery again (6). Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center took part in the clinical study.

For more information about Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center and our expertise in Visian Toric ICL implantation visit or to hear from Shaylee Thar in her own words visit

About Barnet Dulaney Perkins

The doctors at Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center are recognized leaders in providing state-of-the-art medical and surgical eye care in Arizona for more than 35 years. Doctors at Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center use the most advanced technologies and techniques to treat patients at all stages of life. Comprehensive eye health services are provided by nationally recognized specialists in multiple fields of ophthalmology, including cataract surgery, vision correction, cornea, retina, glaucoma and oculoplastics. Patients can expect compassionate and convenient care from the doctors of any of the Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center clinics. For more information, please visit

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6 STAAR Surgical Visian Toric Implantable Collamer Lens PMA Supplement P030016 Ophthalmic Devices Advisory Panel, March 14, 2014