The Visian ICL: Implantable Collamer® Lens - Vision Correction for Myopia
STAAR® Surgical Company began feasibility studies for treating vision
disorders with an implantable contact lens (ICL) in 1993. By 1997, the
approval to supply its ICL vision correction device to European markets.
In 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Visian
ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) for the reduction and treatment of nearsightedness (myopia).
Watch our informative video on Implantable Contact Lens.
What Is the 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
who want to avoid the permanence of laser vision correction have another
choice for correction of nearsightedness.
What Makes the Visian ICL Different?
Although the Visian ICL is often informally defined as an "implantable
contact lens," in the United States, the "ICL" in the Visian
ICL stands for "implantable Collamer lens." This designation
acknowledges the unique material that comprises the lens.
Unique Lens Composition
Unlike other phakic IOLs the Visian ICL is made from Collamer, a unique,
organic lens material, designed especially for the Visian lens. This proprietary
lens material has greater biocompatibility than acrylic and silicone lenses
1. The Visian ICL is also foldable, requiring a smaller incision during
the surgical procedure than other available lenses.
Safe, Proven Procedure
The safety and effectiveness of the Visian ICL implantation procedure has
been proven with over 55,000 implants worldwide as well as recent U.S.
FDA approval. Unlike corneal refractive surgery, the Visian ICL does not
permanently alter the structure of the eye. Instead, the phakic IOL is
placed in the eye's posterior chamber, where it works with the natural
lens to correct vision. Learn more about the Visian ICL vision correction
procedure and how the ICL takes refractive surgery beyond the limits of LASIK.
Unlike other phakic IOLs, the Visian ICL is foldable. This feature allows
physicians to implant the lens using a smaller incision. The small incision
procedure is a technique that is familiar to eye surgeons. The Visian
ICL requires a 2.8mm to 3.0mm incision as opposed to the 6.0mm incision
required by other FDA-approved phakic IOLs. This smaller incision is seen
as less invasive, does not require sutures, and is astigmatically neutral.
Removable, if Necessary
The Visian ICL is meant to stay in the eye indefinitely. However, if overcorrection
or undercorrection occurs, a complication develops, or a patient's
vision changes, the Visian ICL can be removed or exchanged by a trained
What Is on the Horizon?
A toric model of the ICL may offer another vision correction option. The
Visian TICL™ used for treating myopia (nearsightedness) with astigmatism,
has been submitted to the FDA and is currently under review. Additional
information on the Visian Toric ICL™ is available on the STAAR Surgical
Company corporate website, www.staar.com. (Link to International TICL
section is currently under construction.)
What will vision correction cost me?
Laser Vision Correction – LASIK surgery, Lens Replacement, or Cataract
surgery procedures have varying prices based on a number of factors. During
your consultation and complete eye exam, the Key Whitman Eye Center will
offer the best recommendation for vision correction based upon your results.
We want to help you make the best, informed decision for eye surgery to
reduce your dependency on glasses and contacts.
At Key Whitman, our goal is to provide to you, as a lifelong patient, the
very best in care and results. We offer advanced technology, tested and
proven to be the safest and most effective. Our caring surgeons and professional
staff are recognized throughout the Metroplex for their exceptional skills,
credentials and training. You will feel the warmth and concern of health
care providers who will make your experience pleasant and rewarding.
Schedule an appointment with us today if you are ready to take the first step.
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