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Visian ICL™

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Visian ICL™

The Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens), created by STAAR® Surgical Company, is a phakic intraocular lens for the treatment of myopia and other refractive errors. It helps you enjoy sharper, clearer, and more vivid vision, with greater depth and dimension. It’s called High Definition Visian, and it’s available only with the Visian ICL.

The immediate improvement of vision quality and the remarkably short and painless recovery produces a unique WOW! factor in patients.

Made from Collamer, the Visian ICL is one of the latest technological advancements in vision correction.

The Visian ICL is a long lasting solution for refractive error. Through its myopia treatment, the Visian ICL offers excellent quality of vision.


The Visian ICL and its unique Collamer composition offer numerous advantages including:

Quality of Vision – The Visian ICL produces not only improved visual acuity (20/20 vision is considered normal), but also excellent visual quality. Many patients experience immediate improvement in the quality of their vision.

Biocompatibility – Collamer, the 100 percent pure collagen copolymer lens material of the Visian ICL, is not viewed as a foreign object by the body’s immune system.

Versatility – The Visian ICL offers a wider treatment range for myopia than LASIK and PRK procedures.

Simplicity – Unlike traditional contact lenses, once the Visian ICL is implanted in the eye, there is no additional maintenance needed.

Safety – After implantation in over 55,000 eyes worldwide, the Visian ICL has established a proven track record of safety.

Lens Placement – The placement of the Visian ICL makes the lens invisible to the patient and any observer.

Removable – The Visian ICL was designed to be permanently placed in the eye. However, the lens can be removed if a patient’s vision changes or if it otherwise needs to be removed or replaced.

The Procedure

The surgical eye correction procedure to implant the Visian ICL is simple and painless and is performed as a day procedure. The doctor makes a tiny incision about 3mm long. This incision will not require sutures and is just large enough to insert the Visian ICL, a small, foldable, injectable lens.

Because the Visian ICL is placed inside the eye, refractive outcomes and optical performance are consistent and the result is excellent quality of vision.

Am I a candidate for the Visian ICL?

The implantable Collamer lens works best for patients who suffer from moderate to severe myopia, but have not had other ophthalmic surgeries.

Those between the ages of 21 and 45 without a history of ophthalmic diseases such as glaucoma, iritis, or diabetic retinopathy make the best candidates for the Visian ICL.

The Visian Toric* ICL

The Visian TICL* (Toric Implantable Collamer Lens) can be used for patients with nearsightedness and astigmatism. Good candidates are those who have met all of the qualifications for the Visian ICL, and who have astigmatism of up to 4.0 diopters.

Like any surgery, implantation of an Visian ICL is an important matter that you should thoroughly evaluate along with your doctor. Together, you and your doctor should discuss the potential benefits and risks. To determine which solution is better for you, make a no obligation, free suitability assessment appointment.

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WARNINGS: You may not get the best results if you have more than a small amount of astigmatism (irregularity in shape of the eye) either before surgery or after the surgery. Since this lens is placed into the space in the front of the eye, regular visits to your implanting physician (at least once per year) are required to closely monitor the health of the cells lining the inside of your eye (corneal endothelial cells). More frequent monitoring may be necessary if elevated rates of cell loss are observed. High rates of cell loss over time may also require the lens to be removed.

PRECAUTIONS: A thorough and careful preoperative evaluation, sound clinical judgment and the Physicians Directions for Use provided with the lens should be used by your implanting physician to decide the risk/benefit ratio before implanting this lens. Some adverse reactions that have been encountered with the implantation of this type of lens include raised pressure in the eye (intraocular pressure) requiring treatment and/or hospitalization, clouding of the natural lens behind the pupil of the eye (cataract formation), additional surgery to your eye (surgical reintervention), removal of the lens, adhesion of structures in the eye (synechiae), loss of vision, clouding of the covering of the eye (corneal haze), infection, inability of the outer covering of the eye to maintain its general shape (corneal decompensation), swelling of the eye as a result of excess fluid (edema), blockage of fluid flow from behind the iris (pupillary block), and separation of sensory structures in the back of the eye from their underlying tissue (retinal detachment). Always consult with your physician if you have any questions or concerns prior to or as a result of this surgery.


  1. Data on file. Alcon, Inc.
  2. Patient Reported Outcomes. Physician Labeling, 4/08. Alcon, Inc.

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