Implantable Contact Lens

What are Implantable Contact Lenses?

People who wish to avoid or are unable to undergo laser vision correction have yet another intraocular lens (IOL) alternative available at Katzen Eye Care & Laser Center. Implantable contact lenses (ICLs) are a safe and effective way to improve high amounts of nearsightedness and farsightedness.

What is the Visian ICL Implantable Collamer® Lens?

The Visian ICL Implantable Collamer® Lens, is a type of intraocular contact lens that is implanted between the iris and the natural lens.

Those who undergo the intraocular lens surgery with the Visian ICL obtain freedom from contact lenses and glasses.

Are ICLs right for me?

If you answer "Yes" to any of these questions, you may be a good candidate ICLs. Schedule a consultation
  • Are you between the ages of 21 and 45?
  • Do you have moderate to severe astigmatism?
  • Are you looking for a permanent vision correction and not a candidate for LASIK or PRK?

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of the ICL?
The Visian ICL is capable of correcting a wide range of myopia without the removal or destruction of corneal tissue. The ICL is a small, foldable, injectable lens that is inserted through a tiny, 3 mm incision that does not require sutures. The ICL provides predictable refractive outcomes and excellent quality of vision due to its placement inside the eye, as well as its optical performance. The lens is made of a superior lens material called Collamer, which provides unparalleled biocompatibility.
Can they dry out or get dirty like a contact lens?
No. The Visian ICL is designed to remain in place within the eye without maintenance. An annual examination done by your ophthalmologist is recommended to make sure that everything is fine.
Can the ICL be seen by the naked eye?
No. Because the lens is positioned behind the iris, neither you, nor an observer will be able to identify the lens in place. The cosmetic appearance of the Visian ICL is perfect, and there is no way for a non-professional to notice that a visual correction is in place.
What are ICLs made of?
The material is called Collamer, a collagen co-polymer that contains a small amount of purified collagen. It is very biocompatible (doesn't cause a reaction inside the eye) and stable. It also contains an ultraviolet light filter. This material is proprietary to STAAR Surgical.
What is involved in the ICL procedure?
The ICL surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that the patient has surgery and leaves the same day. Please note that someone will have to drive the patient to and from surgery. A light, topical or local anesthetic is administered and there is very little discomfort and normally no pain associated with the procedure. Some drops or perhaps oral medication may be prescribed and a visit is usually scheduled the day after surgery.
How long does the ICL stay in the eye?
ICLs are intended to remain in place without maintenance. If it becomes necessary, for any reason, they can be easily removed by a trained ophthalmic surgeon.
Can the ICL be felt once they are in place?
The Visian ICL is not typically noticeable after it is implanted. It does not attach to any structures within the eye and does not move around after it is placed.