Live life in focus with the Visian ICL

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Looking for a procedure that could give you the freedom to see the world without the hassles of glasses and contact lenses? Consider the Visian ICL.

With the Visian ICL, many patients get sharp, clear vision. Taking the plunge to go forth with an eye procedure can be scary, but thinking about the benefits of life after the procedure can help.

A great example is the story of Steve Holcomb. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he led the U.S. men’s 4-man bobsled team to victory in the 2010 winter games in Vancouver and again in the 2014 Sochi games. But what you might not know is Holcomb almost gave up bobsledding completely because of a condition that was gradually causing him to go blind. His vision had become so poor that he could no longer see well enough on the bobsled track, and he felt he was a danger to his teammates and himself.

Holcomb had all but given up on his bobsled career—and life—until he learned about the life-changing Visian ICL. In 2008, he had the Visian ICL procedure and almost immediately he was able to see clearly at 20/20. With his vision so drastically improved (before the procedure he was 20/500!), he was back in his bobsled with a new lease on his game and on his life.

After the Visian ICL procedure, Holcomb led the U.S. men’s bobsled team to win the 2010 4-man World Championship. From there, things just kept going up for Holcomb. At the 2010 Vancouver games, he led his team to win the United States’ first Olympic gold in bobsled in 62 years. And because that wasn’t enough, he and his team went on to win Olympic bronze at the 2014 Sochi games.

For Holcomb, the effect of the Visian ICL was priceless. He went from being a man who could barely see with a bleak outlook on life to a man standing tall on the podium beaming with pride and an Olympic gold medal around his neck. Without the Visian ICL, he may never have made it back into the bobsled, and his dreams of Olympic victory would likely never have become a reality.

For more on this amazing story, Dr. Boxer Walcher will be speaking at a TED x Fulbright talk in Santa Monica, CA next week. More information here.

While not everyone is an Olympic bobsledder, you might be able to imagine how the Visian ICL could change your life, too. If you’ve always dreamed of snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef but have been held back because of your vision, it’s time to think about taking the plunge. Because with the Visian ICL, you would be free to view the world. Have you ever entertained the idea of trekking to the top of Kilimanjaro? Why go all that way if you won’t be able to see the view from the top? With the Visian ICL, you could truly enjoy the moment by being able to see the world in all its glory.

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Important Safety Information

The Visian ICL is intended for the correction of moderate to high nearsightedness. Visian ICL and Visian TICL surgery is intended to safely and effectively correct nearsightedness between -3.0 D to -15.0 D, the reduction in nearsightedness up to -20.0 D and treatment of astigmatism from 1.0 D to 4.0 D. If you have nearsightedness within these ranges, Visian ICL surgery may improve your distance vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses. Because the Visian ICL corrects for distance vision, it does not eliminate the need for reading glasses, you may require them at some point, even if you have never worn them before.

Implantation of the Visian ICL is a surgical procedure, and as such, carries potentially serious risks. Please discuss the risks with your eye care professional. Complications, although rare, may include need for additional surgical procedures, inflammation, loss of cells from the back surface of the cornea, increase in eye pressure, and cataracts.

You should NOT have Visian ICL surgery if:

  • Your doctor determines that the shape of your eye is not an appropriate fit for the Visian ICL
  • You are pregnant or nursing
  • You do not meet the minimum endothelial cell density for your age at the time of implantation as determined by your eye doctor
  • Your vision is not stable as determined by your eye doctor

Before considering Visian ICL surgery you should have a complete eye examination and talk with your eye care professional about Visian ICL surgery, especially the potential benefits, risks, and complications. You should discuss the time needed for healing after surgery. For additional information with potential benefits, risks and complications please visit



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*American Refractive Surgery Council

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