The Visian ICL™ by STAAR Surgical is an Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL), also known as an Implantable Contact Lens. The Visian ICL is implanted in the eye behind the iris and in front of the natural lens to correct nearsightedness that ranges from -3.00 diopters to -20.00 diopters. Vision correction with the Visian ICL is classified as high definition vision due to the sharpness and clearness of the vision achieved.
Composed of Collamer®, a collagen copolymer, the Visian ICL is compatible with the natural chemistry of the body so there are minimal risks of lens rejection. Additionally, the Visian ICL has anti-reflective properties and provides ultraviolet protection.
What is Visian ICL?
Visian ICL, also called an Implantable Collamer Lens, is a refractive implant to correct common vision issues like myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. Unlike some other vision correction options, the Visian ICL is an additive technology that corrects vision without the removal of any corneal tissue. The Visian ICL is meant to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts and unlike most permanent refractive solutions, Visian ICL is removable.
The Visian ICL Procedure – What to Expect
Visian ICL is made of biocompatible Collamer material that works in harmony with your eye. Your eye doctor will create a small opening in your cornea that will be used to insert and position the Visian ICL. The procedure is typically painless with numbing eye drops and it typically takes less than 20 -30 minutes. You can experience improved vision right away and a quick recovery time.
The Benefits of Visian ICL™
- Significant vision improvement 1
- 99% patient satisfaction 2
- Over 1 million procedures performed worldwide 3
- Quick results
- Can be removed if needed
- Offers UV protection
- Undetectable once in place
- Can treat astigmatism and myopia
- May be an option for patients who are not candidates for other vision correction procedures 4
- Does not cause dry eye syndrome, which can be a side effect of other vision correction procedures 5
- Provides excellent night vision 6
Is Visian ICL Right for Me?
Visian ICL is well-suited for a wide variety of people. Ideal candidates for Visian ICL are aged 21 to 45 with nearsightedness and have maintained a stable prescription for at least one year. Visian ICL is not an option for patients who are pregnant, nursing, or those with a history of eye disease. If you are seeking a solution to decrease or eliminate the cost or frustration of traditional contacts or glasses, Visian ICL may be your answer. Contact your eye doctor to discuss if Visian ICL is right for you.
Important Safety Information for Visian ICL
Before considering Visian ICL surgery you should have a complete eye examination and talk with your eye care professional about Visian ICL surgery, especially the potential benefits, risks, and complications. You should discuss the time needed for healing after surgery.
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2 MICL PMA data
3 Data on file. STAAR Surgical.
4 Parkhurst, G.Psolka, M. Kezirian, G. Phakic intraocular lens implantation in United States military warfighters: A retrospective analysis of early clinical outcomes of the Visian ICL. J Refract Surg. 2011;27(7):473 -481
5 Naves, J.S. Carracedo, G. Cacho-Babillo, I. Diadenosine Nucleotid Measurements as Dry-Eye Score in Patients After LASIK and ICL Surgery. Presented at American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) 2012.
6 Parkhurst G. A ProspectiveComparison of Phakic Collamer Lenses and Wavefront-Optimized Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis for Correction of Myopia. Clinical Ophthalmology 2013; 10: 1209-1215.