Visian ICL…another option if you’re not a LASIK candidate!

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One of the latest IOLs to be approved by the FDA is the Visian ICL™ by STAAR Surgical. The Visian ICL™ is a posterior chamber phakic intraocular lens. In other words, the lens is placed behind the iris, where it is practically invisible. The Visian ICL™ is made of Collamer Lens, a proprietary collagen polymer developed by STAAR. This composite material contains a small amount of collagen, which make the lenses more biocompatible.

The STAAR Visian ICL™ boasts these advantages:

  • Invisible to others because of its positioning
  • Small incision needed due to foldability
  • Biocompatible Collamer material used
  • Can treat a wide range of prescriptions
  • Over 40,000 implants have been performed

Visian ICL™ FAQ

Who is a candidate for the Visian ICL™? The ideal candidate is between the ages of 21 and 45, with moderate to severe nearsightedness (myopia). A medical history of previous eye diseases or ophthalmic surgery might disqualify some candidates.

What if a patient’s vision changes?

If a patient experiences significant changes in vision, the Visian ICL™ can be removed or replaced easily. Patients can also wear corrective glasses or contact lenses if needed. The Visian ICL™ is not intended to treat presbyopia, the need for reading glasses due to age.

Do the lenses dry out or get dirty like contacts?

No. The Visian ICL™ does not require maintenance, however, an annual ophthalmology examination is recommended.

Can the Visian ICL™ be seen by others?

No. Since the lens is positioned behind the iris, the cosmetic appearance of the Visian ICL™ completely natural.

What is the Visian ICL™ made of?

STAAR Surgical developed a proprietary material named Collamer, which is a collagen co-polymer. Because it contains a small amount of purified collagen, the material doesn’t cause a reaction inside the eye (biocompatible). Collamer also contains an ultraviolet light filter, which provides additional protection against UV rays.

What is the surgical procedure

Visian ICL™ refractive surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, however someone needs to drive the patient home afterwards. A light anesthetic is administered before surgery, and the procedure is relatively painless.

  • A minute incision is made in the cornea
  • The Visian ICL™ is inserted into the eye
  • The lens is unfolded and positioned correctly

Some medicinal eye drops are often prescribed, and a follow-up visit is typically scheduled for the day after surgery.

Is the Visian ICL™ noticeable after surgery?

The Visian ICL™ typically cannot be felt after implantation. The lenses are not attached to anything within the eyes and do not move around after placement.

To learn more about STAAR Visian ICL™ or to schedule a vision correction consultation, please contact the New England Eye Center today.

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