STAAR Visian ICL Implantable Collamer Lens
The Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) or Visian lens is also frequently referred to as a phakic IOL. “Phakic” means that the natural lens of the eye is not removed, and “IOL” meaning intraocular lens, or a lens inside the eye. The ICL is considered an alternative to such procedures as LASIK surgery and PRK surgery or Refractive Lens Exchange. The best candidates for the ICL are between the ages of 21 and 45, with moderate to severe nearsightedness. The ICL generally treats myopia between -3.00 to -16.00 diopters.
The ICL is a small, injectable lens that is inserted through a tiny, 3mm incision that does not usually require sutures. The procedure is performed on one eye at a time and is a five-minute procedure.
The ICL provides predictable outcomes and excellent quality of vision. If there are major changes in one’s vision, the ICL can easily be removed and replaced. It is designed to remain in place within the eye without maintenance. Because the lens is positioned behind the iris, neither you nor an observer will be able to see it. The lens material is a collagen co-polymer that is very biocompatible (doesn’t cause a reaction inside your eye) and stable. It also contains an ultraviolet light filter to help protect the eye and reduce the risk of macular degeneration.