The Visian ICL is an implantable contact lens which allows for your surgeon to correct a high amount of near-sightedness and moderate astigmatism if you are not a candidate for traditional LASIK.
The Visian ICL is implanted in the eye behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens to correct nearsightedness that ranges from -3.00 diopters to -20.00 diopters and up to 4.00 diopters of astigmatism.
The lens is made of Collamer®, a collagen polymer, which is bio compatible. It also provides ultraviolet protection.
The Benefits of Visian ICL
- Quality of vision obtained
- Compatibility of the implant with the eye
- Treatment of myopia above what LASIK or PRK can correct
- Lens placement is not visible to patient
- Removable and replaceable
- Ultraviolet protection
Candidates for the Visian ICL Procedure
For an ideal result, patients should not have any history of iritis, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy.
Patients must meet FDA criteria for the procedure:
- Must be adults between the ages of 21 years to 45 years of age
- The anterior chamber depth must be 3.00 mm or greater
- Had stable vision for at least a year prior to implantation
Patients not eligible for the Visian ICL are those with the following:
- Anterior chamber depth is less than 3.00 mm
- Pregnant or nursing
- Did not meet the requirements for endothelial cell density
- Narrow angle of the anterior chamber is less than Grade II
Patients with thin corneas or dry eyes, who are not candidates for LASIK or PRK, may be eligible for Visian ICL vision correction.
STAAR® Surgical puts out a very nice brochure that goes over the basics of the Visian ICL.
NVISION also has a great writeup about the Visian ICL here: https://www.nvisioncenters.com/laser-surgery/icl/