The Visian ICL is a phakic intraocular lens (IOL) that is used during refractive surgery for correcting myopia (nearsightedness). The Visian ICL (implantable collamer lens) was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005 for the reduction and treatment of myopia. Unlike IOLs that are used during cataract surgery, the Visian ICL does not replace the eye’s natural lens. Instead the ICL is placed between the iris and the natural lens, and because the phakic IOL does not replace the lens but supplements it like a contact lens, it is sometimes also referred to as an implantable contact lens.
The Visian ICL provides patients an additional option for treating myopia, and the surgeons at the Eye Care Centers of Northern Colorado are thrilled to provide this exciting innovation to our patients in the Longmont and Lafayette areas of Colorado (and surrounding areas). Our facility is one of the most advanced facilities for eye health, vision correction and refractive surgery in the area, and we have invested in the latest eye care technologies to bring you state-of-the-art eye surgery procedures.
If you have dreamed about throwing away your glasses or contact lenses forever, the Visian ICL just may be the answer you’ve been looking for. The advantages of this IOL are numerous and include:
- The Visian ICL can correct a wider range of myopia than LASIK or PRK, and the IOL can be removed
- It is invisible to you and others
- Requires no maintenance
- Is made from a collagen copolymer; collagen is the same naturally occurring substance present in our connective tissue and our eyes
- Success has been great with over 55,000 successful implantations worldwide.
- The results are excellent with over 99% of patients reporting being satisfied with their vision after the Visian ICL procedure
Also, unlike other phakic IOLs, the Visian ICL is foldable, allowing surgeons to implant the lens using a smaller incision. The Visian ICL requires a 2.8 mm to 3 mm incision as opposed to the 6 mm incision required by other FDA-approved phakic IOLs. The smaller incision is obviously less invasive, does not require sutures, and is astigmatically neutral.
Although the Visian ICL is designed to stay in the eye permanently, if overcorrection or undercorrection occurs, or if a complication develops, or if the patient’s vision changes, the ICL can be removed or exchanged by your surgeon.
To learn more about this wonderful new treatment for myopia available at the Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado, please contact us at 303-772-3300 to schedule your initial appointment.