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Excellent vision gives us the opportunity to connect and interact with the world around us, seeing it in all its vivid color. It makes our most personal and intimate moments with our loved ones more memorable and helps us be and feel present for life’s most important occasions.

What many people know as “implantable contact lenses,” or ICL, is one of the fastest and most promising ways to get that high-definition and supremely clear vision naturally.

What is ICL?

STAAR Visian Implantable Collamer® Lenses, also known as ICLs, are a specially designed lens that is gently placed into your eye to give you high-definition, supremely clear vision. The lens is fully biocompatible and works in harmony with your natural eye. It also provides protection against UV rays and can be removed later, should you ever decide to have additional vision care procedures or eye surgeries. Apart from that, ICLs should last a lifetime.

Benefits of Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICL)

  • High definition, supreme clarity of vision
  • Immediately improves your vision at all distances
  • Glare-free, perfect vision for both day and nighttime vision
  • Virtually painless procedure with a rapid recovery time
  • Permanent but removable
  • Doesn’t cause dry eye syndrome
  • 99% patient satisfaction rate
  • When set in place, ICLs are undetectable
  • Treats nearsightedness, astigmatism, and myopia
  • Can be a treatment choice for patients who aren’t candidates for other eye procedures

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Am I a candidate for ICL?

ICLs are a great option for nearsighted patients who want superb vision without traditional contact lenses or eyeglasses. For patients whose cornea is too thin or too uneven to do LASIK surgery, as well as patients who are too strongly nearsighted where a procedure like LASIK could cause additional vision problems, Implantable Collamer Lenses are usually the ideal treatment choice.

Implantable Collamer Lenses are suitable for patients between the ages of 21 and 45. Visian ICL may offer better long-term vision correction for patients not candidates for LASIK, PRK, or other forms of corneal laser vision surgery, with the added benefit that the lenses are removable. You should not get ICL if you are pregnant or nursing, have unstable vision or have certain eye and systemic diseases.

Will I be able to see or feel the ICL lenses?

No. The ICL lens is placed behind the colored portion of the eye called the iris and once set in place, the lenses are invisible to both you and exterior observers, and you will not feel them.

Will my ICL lenses ever have to be replaced?

ICLs are very tiny contact lenses that are implanted into your eye. They will last forever and you’ll likely never have to have them removed, replaced, or cleaned since it is a biocompatible lens that functions in harmony with the rest of your eye. But in the event that removing them is necessary, that can be done

What to expect in the Visian ICL surgery

ICLs are placed during a surgical procedure that typically takes less than 20 to 30 minutes. You’ll notice an immediate correction of your vision and recover from any side effects of the treatment very rapidly. During the procedure, the ICL lens is rolled up and then set in place via a tiny incision made on the outer part of the eye. The lens is then unrolled and tucked behind the iris of the eye, where it floats in place and corrects your vision permanently. The procedure is usually painless and numbing eye drops are used to reduce any discomfort.

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What conditions does Visian ICL treat?

Implantable Collamer® Lenses are a refractive implant that corrects common vision problems including myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. Unlike other vision correction options, Visian ICL corrects your vision without removing any corneal tissue. ICL treatment is meant to reduce or eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses and unlike most permanent refractive solutions, Visian ICL lenses are removable.

Cost and financing for Visian ICL

The cost of the Visian ICL procedure varies from patient to patient depending on the required treatment plan. Compared to contact lenses and glasses, ICL may present a less costly and better long-term treatment option for perfecting your vision. Ask us about financing options available.

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