Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)

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The Visian Implantable Collamer Lens, also known as ‘Visian ICL’, is a type of refractive procedure to help correct the most common visual problem, nearsightedness (myopia), which is difficulty seeing at a distance. The ICL is designed to remain in place without maintenance yet can be removed by us, if needed, in the future. It is an alternative to LASIK and other refractive procedures. Many studies have demonstrated the superior visual quality of ICL compared to LASIK surgery.

An ICL is an artificial lens, similar in function to a standard contact lens.  The difference is that the ICL is implanted inside the eye, in front of the eye’s natural lens, but behind the iris, so that it is unseen by others.

The ICL is also capable of correcting a higher degree nearsightedness than LASIK.  In addition the Visian ICL can be performed on patients whose corneas are too thin for laser refractive procedures since it does not involve corneal reshaping.

Although it is an intraocular surgery  patients can generally see well enough to drive the day after surgery.