Visian ICL


Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) provides High Definition Vision, which is sharper and clearer than most other forms of vision correction. Patients with nearsightedness and/or astigmatism may be candidates for this next generation in vision correction.

Visian ICL: Change Your Vision, Change Your Life

What is Visian ICL?

The Visian ICL is gently placed through a tiny incision in the cornea. Due to its flexibility, the lens is folded and inserted through a self-sealing micro-incision allowing for quick recovery. The Visian ICL unfolds and is then positioned behind the iris and in front of the natural lens of the eye. Once placed in the eye, the patient will not feel or see the Visian ICL, but they will notice the dramatic improvement in their vision.

Benefits of the Visian ICL

The Visian ICL offers several benefits to patients, including:

Short Recovery Time. The procedure itself takes as little as 15 minutes per eye. There is very little discomfort and you can see immediately after the outpatient procedure. Once in place, there is no maintenance required with the Visian ICL, unlike typical contact lenses.

Designed To Be Permanent, Yet Is Removable. The Visian ICL provides excellent high definition results without altering the natural shape of the cornea, thus it is completely reversible.

UV Protection. The ICL advanced lens material contains a UV blocker that actually prevents harmful UV rays from entering the eye.

No Dry Eye Syndrome. Only Visian ICL’s proprietary lenses are made of biocompatible Collamer. That means the lens material works in harmony with the natural chemistry of your eye and body, minimizing the unnatural causes of dry eye syndrome.

Safety And Effectiveness. Research reviewed by the FDA has shown that the Visian ICL had distinct advantages and a lower chance of resulting in unwanted visual distortions such as glare or halos. Studies have shown that the Visian ICL provides one of the best postoperative results of all refractive procedures available. In a 3-year clinical study, 99% of patients reported having a high level of satisfaction with their results.

ICL And Aging. As we age, the likelihood of developing cataracts increases. A benefit of Visian ICL is that your future options concerning cataract surgery are not affected.

Contact Us

Patients with nearsightedness and/or astigmatism may be candidates for Visian ICL eye surgery. Contact Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center at (815) 932-2020 to schedule a consultation. You may also request an appointment online.

Visian ICL FAQs

The Implantable Collamer Lens for Nearsightedness is a refractive lens also known as a phakic IOL. “Phakic” meaning that the natural lens of the eye is in place, and “IOL” meaning intraocular lens, or a lens inside the eye. The Visian ICL is a posterior chamber implant that is situated through a small incision in the eye behind the iris (the colored part of the eye), and in front of the natural crystalline lens in order to improve your nearsightedness.

The Visian ICL is designed for the correction of moderate to high nearsightedness (-3.0 to –15.0 diopters (D)), and the reduction of nearsightedness in patients with up to -20 diopters (D) and treatment of astigmatism from 1.0 D to 4.0 D. It is indicated for patients who are at least 21 years of age. In order to be sure that your surgeon will use a Visian ICL with the most adequate power for your eye, your nearsightedness should be stable for at least a year before undergoing eye surgery.

The Visian ICL represents an alternative to other refractive surgeries including laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), incisional surgeries, or other means to correct myopia such as contact lenses and eyeglasses.

Patients who are pregnant and nursing and patients with a narrow-angle in the front chamber of their eye, because in this case, the space for the Visian ICL would be too small. The patient education booklet provides an additional list of conditions that should be taken into consideration when making a decision about the Visian ICL.

The key benefit of Visian ICL surgery is the permanent correction or reduction of your nearsightedness allowing you to see clearly at long distances without eyeglasses or contact lenses or reduce your dependence upon them. In addition to the improvement of your uncorrected vision (vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses), your best-corrected vision (best vision with contact lenses/eyeglasses) may be improved.

The material is called Collamer®, a collagen copolymer that contains a small amount of purified collagen which is proprietary to STAAR Surgical; the remainder is made of a similar material to that found in soft contact lenses. It is very biocompatible (does not cause a reaction inside the eye) and stable. It also contains an ultraviolet light filter.

Prior to being placed on the market, the Visian ICL was subject to extensive research and development. Today, more than 1,000,000 lenses have been implanted worldwide. In a US clinical study, over 99 percent of patients were satisfied with their implant. The Visian ICL has a track record of excellent clinical outcomes. Additionally, the lens has been available internationally for over 15 years.

The Visian ICL is intended to remain in place without maintenance. The Visian ICL can be removed by your eye doctor if needed in the future. If your doctor removes the Visian ICL, you will lose the benefit of your nearsightedness correction.

No. The Visian ICL is positioned behind the iris (the colored part of the eye), where it is invisible to both you and others. Only your eye doctor will be able to tell that vision correction has taken 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 once in place.

If you are a potential Visian ICL candidate who is interested in obtaining further Visian ICL information, contact Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center to set up a consultation with one of our eye doctors. You can reach us at (815) 932-2020.

The Visian ICL surgery is performed on an outpatient basis which means that the patient has surgery and leaves the same day. The procedure itself usually takes 20-30 minutes or less. The patient will need someone to drive them home on surgery day. A light, topical or local anesthetic is administered. There is very little discomfort during or after surgery. Some eye drops or medication may be prescribed and a visit with your eye doctor is usually scheduled the day after surgery.

Early complications reported the first week after Visian ICL surgery include: Visian ICL removal and reinsertion at the time of initial surgery, shallowness of the front chamber of the eye that can create an increase of the pressure into your eye and may necessitate a peripheral iridectomy (a procedure where a small hole is placed in the iris (colored part of eye) using a laser called “YAG laser), temporary corneal swelling (edema) and transient inflammation in the eye or iritis. Complications after 1 week include: increase in astigmatism, loss of best-corrected vision, clouding of the Crystalline lens (cataract), loss of cells from the back surface of the cornea responsible for the cornea remaining clear (endothelial cell loss), increase in eye pressure, iris prolapse, cloudy areas on the crystalline lens that may or may not cause visual symptoms (crystalline lens opacities), macular hemorrhage, subretinal hemorrhage, retinal detachment, secondary Visian ICL related surgeries (replacements, repositionings, removals, removals with cataract extraction), too much or too little nearsightedness correction, and additional YAG iridotomy necessary.

Potential complications for refractive surgery, in general, include irritation of the conjunctiva (white part of eye), corneal swelling (outer layer of eye), eye infection, significant glare and/or halos around lights, blood/pus in the eye, lens dislocation, macular edema, (swelling in back of the eye), non-reactive pupil, pupillary block glaucoma resulting in raised eye pressure, irritation of the iris (colored part of the eye), severe inflammation of the eye and loss of the vitreous (gel in back of eye). You should carefully review all benefits and risks of Visian ICL surgery with your eye doctor before making a decision about the Visian ICL.

Follow all of your eye doctor’s instructions before and after implantation of the Visian ICL. Take any prescribed medication and schedule all recommended follow-up visits with your eye doctor, usually on an annual basis after the healing of the Visian ICL surgery. Contact your eye doctor immediately if you should experience a problem.