The Visian ICL is an implantable collamer lens. It is a soft lens, like a contact lens, that is surgically placed into the eye. The lens works similarly to LASIK and PRK in that it permanently corrects your vision. Unlike these procedures, however, it doesn't require cutting or reshaping of the corneal tissue and it is removable.
Good candidates for this procedure are people ages 21 to 45 who are nearsighted and have had stable vision for a year. The ICL is made to help correct patients with low myopia (‑3 diopters) to high myopia (‑20 diopters). It can be a preferred option for people with severe dry eyes or thin corneas.
FDA-approved, ICLs have been available for 10 years. To date, more than 500,000 ICLs have been implanted in patients worldwide, with excellent visual outcomes. The patient satisfaction rate to date is 99%.1
The Visian ICL is an advanced soft-material lens, composed of 100% biocompatible collagen copolymer. It provides permanent vision correction that is sharp and vivid. There is no maintenance associated with the lens, and it is intended to remain in place as long as you are satisfied with your vision. If at any point your vision changes or you wish to have them removed, this can be done easily. Because the cornea is in its natural state, you are able to pursue other vision correction options.
In short, the advantages of ICLs include:
The ICL procedure is an outpatient procedure that generally takes about 15 minutes. Prior to the procedure, the patient receives topical anesthesia drops to minimize discomfort. Then the eye surgeon creates a very small opening to insert the lens into the eye with an injector. Once the lens is injected, it unfolds in the eye and the procedure is complete. Patients typically experience minimal discomfort and return to work the next day.
The risks of implantable contact lenses are similar to those of other refractive procedures like LASIK and PRK. However, ICLs do not have the complications associated with physically changing the shape of the eye. In addition, if any complications should occur, ICLs are removable. Complications related to ICLs include infection, increased intraocular pressure, and possibility of accidental damage to the crystalline lens during the procedure. In most cases, these complications can be corrected by the eye surgeon.
At Clemson Eye, we always recommend that you have a vision consultation to determine your best vision correction plan. If ICLs are not a good option for you, we can consider other options.
Patients who have undergone any ophthalmic surgery or who have a history of eye disease such as iritis, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy are not considered good candidates for ICLs. In addition, ICLs may not be the best course of action for patients:
Through implantable contact lenses, we can offer patients with moderate to severe myopia a high quality of vision and excellent, stable outcomes. We are proud to be the only eye surgeons in the Upstate currently offering this refractive procedure.
Consultations are free.
If you have questions about ICLs, please contact our office for more information or to set up a free consultation. Call 855‑654‑2020 (toll‑free) or book online.