Implantable Contact Lens
What is the Visian ICL?
Implantable Contact Lenses, also known as Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICL) or Phakic Intraocular Lenses (Phakic IOL), are a surgical vision correction option for moderate to severely nearsighted patients who may not otherwise be candidates for LASIK. The most popular brand of ICL, called the Visian ICL, is a microscopic lens that is surgically placed between your iris (the colored part of your eye) and your natural lens. In this location, the lens would not be readily visible to anyone looking at your eyes. Unlike a traditional contact lens, this type of lens implant is designed to simply remain inside the eye permanently requiring no additional maintenance. Nonetheless, the lens can be removed if a patient’s vision changes or if it otherwise needs to be removed or replaced.
In contrast to LASIK or PRK, a phakic intraocular lens does not remove tissue or change the shape of the cornea. For this reason, some patients who have corneas that are too thin for LASIK or PRK may still be candidates for phakic IOLs. The procedure to implant a phakic IOL is an outpatient procedure performed in a surgery center. Generally, there is no pain associated with the procedure and the incision that is made within the cornea to allow implantation is self-sealing and usually requires no stitches. Most patients find that they are able to return to normal activities within a couple days of surgery.
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