Implantable Contact Lens

Imagine being able to enjoy life without worrying about your glasses or contacts.

The Visian ICL by STAAR®Surgical Company offers you freedom from nearsightedness. With the Visian ICL (implantable Collamer lens), you could enjoy the beauty of a sunset, go snorkeling and observe amazing sea life, see a friend's smile from across the room, or simply sit anywhere in a movie theater without having to fuss with glasses or contacts.

The Visian ICL, often referred to as an implantable contact lens, is inserted into the eye during a short surgical procedure. Unlike LASIK or PRK, the Visian ICL implantation does not permanently change the shape of the eye. Also, the Visian ICL may improve your quality of vision better than many other refractive procedures.


What is Visian ICL?
The Visian ICL is a phakic intraocular lens (IOL) used during refractive surgery for correcting myopia. Unlike IOLs that are used during cataract surgery, the Visian ICL does not replace the eye's natural lens. Instead, the ICL is placed between the iris and the natural lens.

Because the phakic IOL does not replace the lens, but supplements it like a prescription contact lens, it is sometimes referred to as an implantable contact lens. The Visian ICL gives another option for treating myopia. Now, patients who are seeking the latest approved procedures for vision correction or are not a candidate for LASIK have another choice for correction of nearsightedness.


How is the Lens Implanted?
The implantation procedure for the Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer® Lens) is refractive eye surgery that involves a procedure similar to the intraocular lens (IOL) implantation performed during cataract surgery. The main difference is that, unlike cataract surgery, the ICL eye surgery does not require the removal of the eye's crystalline lens.

Am I a Candidate?
Good candidates for the Visian ICL include patients who:
Are between the ages of 21 and 45.

Are nearsighted with or without astigmatism* or farsighted*, including those with mild, moderate,
and severe myopia (-3D to -20D prescription) with minor or no occurrence of astigmatism.

Have proper anterior chamber depth and acceptable eye tissue cell density
(this will be determined by an ophthalmologist after a comprehensive eye exam).
Have not had a change in their eyeglass prescription of more than 0.5D in a year.
Are not currently pregnant.
Have no known allergies to medications used during refractive surgery or no other contraindications.
Have dry eyes, severe myopia, or a thin cornea (non-LASIK candidate).
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