Easy 20–30 Minute Procedure
A quick, painless same-day surgery to help you achieve better vision.
Pre-Op Eye Exam
Before you schedule your ICL procedure your doctor will perform a series of standard tests to measure your eye’s unique characteristics for the procedure. Once your doctor determines that the Visian ICL is a good option for you, they will educate you about the procedure and what to expect both during and after the procedure.
Getting Your ICLs
When you arrive for your procedure your doctor will administer eye drops to dilate your pupils as well as anesthetize your eyes.
To prepare for the implant your doctor will create one small opening at the base of your cornea to insert the Visian lens. The procedure is painless because of the numbing medication.
Lens Insertion & Positioning
The Visian ICL lens then can be folded and inserted through the small incision your doctor has made. Once the lens is inserted the doctor will make any necessary adjustments to ensure proper positioning in the eye.
At this point, the procedure is over and many patients will have improved vision nearly immediately. Your doctor will prescribe more eye drops intended to aid in the healing process following the procedure. You will need someone to drive you home, your doctor will tell you when your vision allows driving.
How much does the Visian ICL procedure cost? Is it more expensive than LASIK?
Visian ICL and LASIK costs vary depending on various factors that may include your prescription, location and provider. Upon consultation with a Visian ICL doctor, they will provide you with your specific cost, financing options and payment plans.
On average, contact lenses cost $12,000 over a lifetime.* Your personal cost will vary.
Because Visian ICL is a long term solution, your procedure costs are generally fixed to a one-time fee. When you compare with the long-term costs of contact lenses, Visian ICL typically pays for itself.
*Popular daily disposable contacts, on average, cost about $600 a year. So over 20 years, a patient will spend $12,000 on contact lenses.
Who is a Good Candidate for Visian ICL?
Visian ICL Candidates
- Are between 21 and 45 years old.
- Are nearsighted with mild to severe myopia (-3D to -20D).
- Have not had a change in prescription of more than .5D in a year.
- Are looking for a procedure that doesn’t create dry eye syndrome.
Real Life Stories From Real Life Patients
The thing that I love about the Visian ICL is that they are putting a lens in there that can be removed.
Jennifer Puno, Web Designer
I feel like a big part of health is using what your body already has. Visian ICL is in line with that because it’s keeping your eye completely intact. My eye is still my eye.
Eve Torres Gracie, Jiu Jitsu Instructor
I would never be able to just wake up and go, and now I can literally just roll out of bed and go straight to the farmer's market.
Sara Tso, Chef
There’s a few big road blocks to having glasses and being a photographer. Now I’ve got Visian ICL and I can run out and live my life unhindered.
Andrew Oxenham, Photographer
I had my first opportunity to put my Visian ICL eyes to the test recently in the Amazon rainforest, and it couldn’t have been more exciting to be able to spot rare species better than ever.
Phil Torres, Entomologist, TV Show Host
In The Blink of an Eye, You’ll Achieve Visual Freedom
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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 DiscoverICL.com
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