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Implantable Collamer Lens

Visian ICL - Implantable Collamer Lens
A New Vision Correction Solution For NearSighted Patients

ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) Commonly referred to as the Implantable Contact Lens. (also known as a Phakic IOL)

Introducing a NEW vision correction solution for patients with high amounts of nearsightedness. The ICL is a revolutionary refractive lens that can correct vision up to -15 diopters of nearsightedness. The ICL procedure has been repeatedly improved through years of studies and placement in Europe. This lens is a posterior chamber implant that is situated behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens. Unlike LASIK eye surgery this procedure does not permanently alter the shape of your cornea. It is more similar to cataract surgery, which has a long history of success. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that a patient has surgery and leaves the same day.

Visian ICL Advantages

Depth of Vision

The Visian ICL can correct a previously un-matched range of myopia. This lens actually corrects beyond the limits of lasers for myopic correction than either LASIK or PRK. Lens corrects -15 to -20 diopters of myopia. Patients have repeatedly report very HIGH quality and clear vision after surgery.


If the patient does not like the implant or visual results the lens can actually be removed and your vision will return to the previous level.

Safety & Credibility

The safety and credibility of the lens is evident with the over 55,000 ICL lens implant procedures performed worldwide. (Quoted Visian INFO site 2007)

Small Incision

The ICL is implanted like cataract surgery and has a very small incision in which the folded lens is inserted through.

Are you a Candidate?

Individuals who suffer from extreme nearsightedness will have a solution for their poor vision. The ICL provides an opportunity to those individuals who are not candidates for lasik eye surgery. Some people cannot have lasik for reasons ranging from high prescriptions to thin corneas. The ICL will now give these patients the opportunity to experience the same lifestyle change that lasik has brought to millions.

You're likely a good candidate for ICL if:

  • You have extreme to moderate nearsightedness
  • You have thin corneas and are not a LASIK candidate
  • You have a history of dry eye
  • You have large pupils

The Surgery

The Visian ICL procedure is surgery and does involve certain risks. Before determining your candidacy please consult a certified physician. ALL ophthalmologists will have to go through an extensive training process in order to demonstrate expertise with inserting this lens.

Prior to the surgery a surgeon/ophthalmologist will make 2 microscopic holes in the iris. Your eye will be numbed with a light, topical or local anesthetic. Once the eye is numbed the surgeon will make 2 side port incisions and one main temporal incision that is critical to the insertion process. Next the surgeon will insert the ICL through the main temporal incision and place the lens behind the iris and in front of the crystalline lens. This insertion procedure is typically performed one eye at a time. There is very little discomfort and normally no pain associated with the procedure. Some drops or perhaps oral medication may be prescribed and a visit is usually scheduled the day after surgery. Patients will be advised to arrange for someone to drive them to and from surgery.


If you are seeking LASIK eye surgery instead of the Visian ICL you might consider contacting your insurance provider to determine if the Qualsight LASIK program is an option. If LASIK eye surgery cost is an problem for you being able to have the surgery there are other options such as patient financing that might be able to help you. Call us if you have any questions about vision correction with the Visian ICL.






You can NOW enjoy the benefits of improving both near vision and far vision after cataract surgery!