How do I know if I’m a suitable Visian ICL
Candidates for the Visian ICL are between 21
and 45 years of age, suffer from myopia (nearsightedness),
and want to experience superior vision correction. 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.
Anyone seeking clearer vision may be a Visian ICL candidate,
including those with special or extreme vision correction
Where is the Visian ICL placed?
Our qualified ophthalmologist will insert the Visian ICL
through a small micro-opening, placing it inside the eye
just behind the iris in front of the eye's natural lens. The
Visian ICL is designed to stay in position with no special
Does it hurt?
No, most patients state that they are very comfortable
throughout the procedure. Your ophthalmologist will use
topical anesthetic drops prior to the procedure and may
choose to administer a light sedative as well.
What is the Visian ICL made of?
The Visian ICL is made of Collamer®, a highly biocompatible
advanced lens material which contains a small amount of
purified collagen. Collamer does not cause a reaction inside
the eye and it contains an ultraviolet blocker that provides
protection to the eye. Collamer is a material proprietary to
STAAR Surgical Company.
What if my vision changes after I receive the Visian ICL?
One advantage of the Visian ICL is that it offers treatment
flexibility. If your vision changes dramatically after
receiving the implant, your surgeon can remove and replace
it. If necessary, another procedure can be performed at any
Patients can wear glasses or contact lenses as needed
following treatment with the Visian ICL. The implant does
not treat presbyopia (difficulty with reading in people 40
and older), but you can use reading glasses as needed after
receiving the Visian ICL.
What type of procedure is involved in implanting the Visian
The surgical procedure to implant the Visian ICL is simple
As a Visian ICL candidate, your surgeon will prepare
your eyes one to two weeks prior to the procedure by
using a laser to create two very small openings in the
colored part of your eye which lies between the lens and
the front chamber of your eye. This allows for the
natural passage of fluids between the two areas, thereby
avoiding the build up of intraocular pressure following
How long does the procedure take and can I drive the day of
The implantation procedure itself takes about 15 minutes and
is performed on an outpatient basis and you will have to
make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from the
Does the procedure hurt?
You can expect to experience very little discomfort during
the Visian ICL implantation. You will undergo treatment
while under a light topical or local anesthetic, perhaps
with the addition of a mild sedative. Following surgery, you
may use prescription eye drops or oral medication. The day
after surgery, you will return to your surgeon for a
follow-up visit. You will also have follow-up visits one
month and six months following the procedure.
The Visian ICL is designed to be completely unobtrusive
after it is put in place. It stays in position by itself and
does not interact with any of the eye’s structures and you
should not feel it's presence.
Can the Visian ICL be removed from my eye?
Although the Visian ICL is intended to remain in place
permanently, a qualified ophthalmologist can remove the
implant if necessary.
Is the Visian
ICL visible to others?
No. The Visian ICL is positioned behind the iris (the
colored part of the eye), where it is invisible to both you
and observers. Only your surgeon will be able to tell that
vision correction has taken place.
The McMann Eye Institute is a comprehensive ophthalmology practice
offering a full spectrum of vision correction and treatment services.