The Visian ICL, made by Staar® Surgical, is a type of contact lens and is referred to as an Implantable Collamer Lens. It is implanted in the eye to correct myopia (nearsightedness).
Because it is behind the iris (the color portion of your eye), it is not visible to other people. It is a good alternative to LASIK if you are unable to have LASIK, or would rather not have it.
No, it is designed to treat moderate to severe nearsightedness, up to – 20 D. Nor does it treat astigmatism. For more on how the eyes work, please see Education and Information on the Eye.
Good candidates are aged about 20 to 45 and have good general health. If you have diabetes, it should be well-controlled. It is best if you have not had any eye surgery before, and best if you have no eye diseases such as glaucoma.
No. Your eyes would be numbed with eye drops before anything else is done. The procedure is short and you can go home right after it – you would need someone to drive you home. Most people feel no pain during recovery. The incision through which the Visian ICL is inserted is tiny, about three millimeters long, and typically no stitches are needed, as it heals by itself.
It is made of Collamer, a proprietary combination of collagen and polymer. Collagen is a connective tissue found throughout the body.
The use of collagen makes the Visian ICL biocompatible and the body does not reject it as a foreign thing. Collamer is not tinted, but it blocks the sun’s UV rays for good eye protection.
It does not require any care or maintenance at all. Once you are fully recovered from the procedure, you usually have a clear vision at all distances, just as if your eyes were naturally 20/20. We will be scheduling follow up exams throughout the year after your procedure to ensure that your eyes are functioning well.
If there were ever any reason to remove the Visian ICL, that can be easily done.
Please see our main page on The Visian ICL™ for more information. If you would like to download and complete our patient forms before arriving at our office, you can reach them from this page.
To learn more about the Visian ICL, please contact Clear Advantage Vision Correction Center today. One of our friendly staff will be happy to answer your questions or schedule a comprehensive exam.