You’re most likely very familiar with temporary and disposable contact lenses – either you currently wear them, you have worn them in the past, or you know someone who wears them. These lenses come in contact with your eye, hence the name, and correct your vision. But have you heard of Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)? Similar to regular contacts, ICLs are often called an implantable contact lens, but this lens does NOT come in contact with your eye at all! The Implantable Collamer Lens was approved by the FDA in 2004 and is able to treat high levels of nearsightedness and astigmatism. This is not new technology; the Implantable Collamer Lens has been used across the world for over 15 years.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for an Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)?

There are several factors that may make you a great ICL candidate:

  • Moderate to severe nearsightedness, all the way up to -20.0.
  • If you have corneal thickness or mapping not adequate for LASIK or PRK.
  • Younger patients are more suitable candidates for this “implantable contact lens,” because ICL is not FDA approved for patients over age 45.
  • Patients who are predisposed to dry eye.

Who Should NOT Get an Implantable Collamer (Contact) Lens?

  • Patients who are over the age of 40 should consider other options such a Refractive lens Exchange (RLE). ICL is not FDA approved if you are over 45.
  • Patients who are farsighted.
  • Patients with mild nearsightedness.

Who Should NOT Get an Implantable Collamer (Contact) Lens?

  • Patients who are over the age of 40 should consider other options such as Refractive lens Exchange (RLE). ICL is not FDA approved if you are over 45.
  • Patients who are farsighted.
  • Patients with mild nearsightedness.

Benefits of the Visian (ICL)

  • Permanent procedure, yet removable if necessary
  • Sharp clear vision with 99% patient satisfaction
  • 20-30 minute out-patient procedure
  • Biocompatible lens UV protection
  • Does not induce dry eye syndrome
  • Does not alter the shape of your cornea.
  • Less chance of glare & halos
  • Extremely common procedure worldwide and growing in the US.

Considerations When Determining the Best Vision Correction Procedure for You:

  • Be sure you are with a reputable experienced vision correction surgeon who offers and can explains all of your options; LASIK, PRK, ICL and RLE
  • It is your eye and your vision; make the choice that you and your surgeon feel is best for you.
  • Cost: all procedures have different costs that need to be taken into consideration. Make sure you have all pricing in writing and consider the return on your investment (ROI).
  • Side-affects: understand the side effects of each procedure.
  • Understand the longevity of each procedure.

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