The Visian ICL: Implantable Contact Lens – Vision Correction for Myopia and Astigmatism
STAAR® Surgical Company began feasibility studies for treating vision disorders with an implantable contact lens (ICL) in 1993. By 1997, the company received 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). Most recently the FDA approved the Visian Toric ICL for the correction of both nearsightedness and astigmatism in one simple procedure.
What Is the Visian ICL?
The Visian ICL is sometimes referred to as an implantable contact lens, because it is added to the eye to correct common visual problems, like myopia and astigmatism. Unlike IOLs that are used during cataract surgery, the Visian ICL does not replace the eye’s natural lens, instead it is placed between the iris and the natural 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
The Visian ICL is made from Collamer, a unique, collagen lens material designed to work in harmony with eye. 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 950,000 implants worldwide as well as recent US FDA approvals. Unlike corneal refractive surgery, the Visian ICL does not permanently alter the structure of the eye. Instead, the lens is added to the eye 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.
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 and will not induce astigmatism in the cornea.
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 an experienced ophthalmic surgeon.
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 healthcare providers who will make your experience pleasant and rewarding.
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