The Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) is a phakic IOL. “Phakic” meaning that the natural lens of the eye is not removed and “IOL” meaning intraocular lens, or a lens inside the eye. The ICL provides predictable outcomes and excellent quality of vision.
ICL’s are considered an alternative to refractive procedures such as LASIK or PRK.
Who’s a good candidate? People between the ages of 21 and 45, with moderate to severe nearsightedness, with or without astigmatism. Must have a stable prescription for 2 years.
The ICL is a small, injectable lens that is inserted though a tiny 3mm incision that does not require sutures. The outpatient procedure is performed in 20 -30 minutes and is relatively painless. The recovery time for the Visian ICL is very quick and comfortable, and may be as little as a day, due to the very small size of the incision required.
The Visian ICL is implanted in the posterior chamber, behind the iris, unlike other phakic IOLs, the lens is invisible to both the patient and any observer. Also, its positioning in the eye maintains normal iris function, promotes stability, and may reduce potential complication.
One of the important advantages of the Visian ICL is that while it can permanently correct your vision, in the unlikely event that an ICL patient experiences negative side effects after surgery, the lens can be removed and/or replaced if necessary. Also, concerns involving the cornea typically do not apply to the Visian ICL, as no natural tissue is removed or changed (reshaped) in any way during implantation.