Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
The Visian ICL procedure consists of placing a corrective lens, similar to a contact lens, in the eye itself. The ICL is implanted in front of the eye’s natural lens, but behind the iris so that it is invisible to outside observers. The implantable lens is capable of correcting higher degree myopia (nearsightedness: those who can see up close) and/or astigmatism than LASIK, and since the procedure does not involve reshaping the cornea through the removal of tissue, it can be performed on patients whose corneas are too thin for laser refractive procedures.
“I had my first opportunity to put my Visian ICL eyes to the test recently in the Brazilian Rainforest, and it couldn’t have been more exciting to be able to spot rare species better than ever.”
~ Phil Torres, Entomologist, TV Show Host
“The thing that I love about the Visian ICL is that they are putting a lens in there that can be removed.”
~ Jennifer Puno, Co-Founder of ILoveCreatives.com & MadeWithMap.com
Why Choose ICL Surgery
No Dry Eye Syndrome
Visian ICL’s biocompatible Collamer maintains natural eye chemistry and won’t induce dry eye syndrome.
Excellent Night Vision
Many patients achieve excellent night vision with little halos or glare with Visian ICL.
Often times, patients can achieve improved vision immediately following procedure.
Great for Thin Corneas
Many patients are excluded from other forms of vision correction because of thin corneas, but not with Visian ICL.*
Great for High Nearsightedness
Visian ICL is able to correct and reduce nearsightedness (myopia) of up to -20 D.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. The Visian ICL is positioned behind the iris (the colored part of the eye), where it is invisible to both you and observers. Only your surgeon will be able to tell that a lens has been placed in your eye.
No, most patients state they are very comfortable throughout the procedure. Your ophthalmologist will use topical anesthetic drops prior to the procedure and may choose to administer a light sedative as well.
The Visian ICL is designed to be completely unobtrusive after it is put in place. It stays in position by itself and does not interact with any of the eye’s structures.
Although the Visian ICL is intended to remain in place permanently, a qualified ophthalmologist can remove the implant if necessary.
During the ICL procedure, no corneal tissue is removed. The lens is inserted through a 3 mm self-sealing opening where no stitches are needed. The lens is inserted behind the iris and in front of the natural lens where it cannot be seen or felt. Vision is significantly improved immediately after surgery and continues to improve over the next few days. Vision is often described as ultra-high definition. As with all surgeries, there is some risk. Risk can be minimized by selecting an experienced surgeon and the right surgical environment. Your doctor will discuss potential risks and benefits of ICL surgery with you prior to determining candidacy to help you make an informed decision regarding whether or not ICL procedure is right for you.
What are the next steps?
A thorough vision correction examination is required to determine if you are a candidate for ICL procedure. Our Draper, Utah office provides complimentary vision correction surgery examinations for patients who have not had previous vision correction surgery and are now considering ICL or laser vision correction surgery.
If you have been told that you are not a good candidate for LASIK and want to learn more about your vision correction options, please contact us. It would be our pleasure to answer any questions you may have and schedule an appointment for you with the appropriate specialist.