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What is ICL?

The Visian ICL, is an implantable contact lens that works with the eye to correct vision. Unlike traditional contact lenses that go on the surface of the eye, Visian ICL is surgically inserted into the eye where it provides excellent quality of vision for a wide range of correction needs.

Dr. Charles was an FDA investigator for the Implantable Contact Lens, has more experience than any other surgeon in the state and has done more of these procedures than any other surgeon in the state.

If you have been told your prescription is too high for LASIK or your cornea is too thin, you may be an ideal candidate for the ICL procedure. Visit for more information.

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The Procedure

The Visian ICL is inserted into the eye by an ophthalmologist through a small, micro incision. The lens unfolds in the eye and is positioned between the iris and the natural lens where it stays indefinitely. The procedure takes approximately 15 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis.

The Lens

The Visian ICL is made of Collamer an advanced lens material that has unique properties. Collamer transmits light and reduces reflections that can interfere with vision, so you see clearly. Made of a copolymer and collagen, Collamer is also highly biocompatible. It allows the Visian ICL to rest quietly in position while accurately correcting vision. Collamer is the only lens material made with collagen- the best choice for a lens that is going to remain inside your body for a lifetime. The Visian ICL does not alter any structures within the eye. If necessary, it can be removed from the eye by a simple surgical procedure.

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Common Questions

Who are candidates for Visian ICL?

If you are between 21 and 45 and nearsighted, you are an excellent candidate for Visian ICL. It is preferable that you have had no previous ophthalmic surgery or history of ophthalmic disease such as glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy.

Exactly where is Visian ICL placed in the eye?

Visian ICL is placed in the posterior chamber, behind the iris and in front of the eye's crystalline lens. The lens does not touch any internal eye structure and stays in position.

What is the track record of Visian ICL?

Extensive research and development preceded the introduction of Visian ICL. It is now being used by more than 40,000 patients worldwide. The satisfaction rate among patients is extremely high- above 99%. Visian ICL provides excellent and stable outcomes.

What if your vision changes?

Visian ICL offers treatment flexibility. If your vision changes dramatically, the lens can be removed and replaced, or another procedure can be performed at any time. With Visian ICL, you can wear glasses or contacts lenses if necessary. Visian ICL does not help presbyopia (difficulty with reading in people over 40), but you can add reading glasses if needed.

Can they dry out or get dirty like a contact lens?

No, Visian ICL avoids problems experienced with traditional contact lenses. It is designed to remain in place inside your eye, without maintenance. A routine, annual visit with your eye doctor is recommended to make sure everything is fine.

Can Visian ICL be seen by the naked eye?

No. The lens is positioned behind the iris where it is invisible to both you and observers. Only your doctor will be able to tell you that vision correction has taken place.

Can Visian ICL be felt once it is in place?

The lens is not felt after it is put in place. It does not attach to any structures within the eye and stays in position.

How long does Visian ICL stay in my eye?

The Visian ICL is intended to remain in place in the eye without maintenance. Should it become necessary, the lens can be removed by a certified ophthalmologist.

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