An Evolution in Visual Freedom. Meet the Visian ICL!

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An Evolution in Visual Freedom TM

Today, there are quite a few options for vision correction, with LASIK surgeries being one of the more popular procedures offered. Many of these procedures promise improved vision, but few can match the quality and feature set of top LASIK alternative, Visian ICL.

What is Visian ICL?

Some people incorrectly refer to the ICL in Visian ICL as “Implantable Contact Lens,” but the correct term is “Implantable Collamer Lens.” Collamer is a technologically advanced lens material created by Visian ICL’s parent company, STAAR Surgical.

Thanks to the collagen base in Collamer, Visian ICL’s intraocular lenses are biocompatible with your body and work in harmony with your natural eye, in stark contrast to the more invasive LASIK procedure. Some of Collamer’s advantages include its anti-reflective properties and UV protection. If you’re looking for a lens that can help improve your vision for a lifetime, Visian ICL is the right choice.

A Simple Procedure

Visian ICL only takes 20-30 minutes in an outpatient setting. Before the procedure, you’ll receive topical anesthetic drops to reduce discomfort. Once the drops have taken effect, your doctor will create a small opening for Visian ICL lens insertion. The lens is folded and loaded in a small cartridge. As the lens is injected, it gently unfolds in your eye. The best part? Improvement in vision generally follows very quickly.

Good Candidates

Nearsighted (myopic) patients between 21 and 45 can be excellent candidates for Visian ICL. Further, if you suffer from thin corneas, dry eyes and either low or extreme nearsightedness, Visian ICL is worth a serious look.

650,000 lenses and growing

To date, hundreds of thousands of patients have experienced the life-changing power of Visian ICL. Everyone from high-performing athletes to celebrities and elite military personnel have experienced visual freedom with Visian ICL. Imagine what Visian ICL can do for you!

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



1Visian ICL Patient Information Booklet

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3Naves, J.S. Carracedo, G. Cacho-Babillo, I. Diadenosine Nucleotid Measurements as Dry-Eye Score in Patients After LASIK and ICL Surgery. Presented at American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) 2012.

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5Lee, Jae Bum et al. Comparison of tear secretion and tear film instability after photorefractive keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis. Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery , Volume 26 , Issue 9 , 1326 - 1331.

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*American Refractive Surgery Council

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