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Visian Implantable Collamer Lens

The Visian® Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) is a phakic intraocular lens used for the purpose of refractive surgery to correct myopia (nearsightedness). Unlike an intraocular lens that is 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 to allow the ICL lens to work with your natural optical system and allow light to better focus on the retina.

Visian ICL does not permanently alter the structure of the eye, in comparison to corneal refractive surgery. Instead, the phakic intraocular lens is placed in the eye's posterior chamber, where it works with the natural lens to correct vision.

The phakic intraocular lens does not replace the natural lens, but instead supplements it like a prescription contact lens on the surface of the eye. This lens is sometimes referred to as an implantable contact lens.

The Visian ICL offers another option for treating myopia. Now, patients who are seeking the latest approved procedures for vision correction, or who want to avoid the permanence of laser vision correction, have another choice for correcting their nearsightedness.

Candidates for Visian ICL:

  • Are between 21 and 45 years of age.
  • Have not had a change in their eyeglass prescription of more than 0.5D in a year.
  • Suffer from myopia (nearsightedness) with or without astigmatism* or hyperopia*.
  • Are currently not pregnant or nursing.
  • Have dry eyes, severe myopia, or a thin cornea (non-LASIK candidate).
  • Have proper anterior chamber depth and acceptable eye tissue cell density (this will be determined by an ophthalmologist after a comprehensive eye exam).
  • The ideal Visian ICL candidate has not undergone any ophthalmic surgery and does not have a history of eye disease such as iritis, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy.

Nearly anyone seeking clearer vision may be a Visian ICL candidate, including those with special or extreme vision correction needs. Our specialists can determine whether you are a candidate for the phakic lenses.

Smaller Incisions with Removable Lens

Unlike other phakic IOLs, the Visian ICL is foldable. This feature allows the lens to be implanted using a smaller incision. The small incision procedure is a technique that is familiar to eye surgeons. This smaller incision is less invasive, does not require sutures, and is astigmatically neutral. Although the Visian ICL is meant to stay in the eye indefinitely, it is easily removed by a trained ophthalmic surgeon, leaving the patient’s future options open.

UV Eye Protection

The Visian ICL features UV eye protection, assisting in the prevention of the development of various eye disorders. UV radiation may contribute to the development of macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among older Americans; and cataracts, a major cause of visual impairment and blindness around the world.

For more information on Visian implantable lens replacement in St. Louis through Washington University Physicians or to make an appointment, please call 314-996-3300

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