If you are extremely nearsighted you may be a candidate for the Visian ICL. This fifteen minute procedure will improve your vision for the rest of your life.

ICL stands for Implantable Collamer Lens. The Visian® ICL™ is made of Collamer and implanted into the eye to correct moderate to severe nearsightedness. Visian ICL is an advanced vision-correction option that is growing in popularity with more than 500,000 implanted worldwide since it was approved in 2005.

What is an ICL?

The Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) is made of 100% biocompatible collagen copolymer that provides UV protection and permanent vision correction. Additionally, the Visian ICL procedure does not permanently alter the shape of your cornea. There is no maintenance associated with the lens, and it is intended to remain in place as long as you are satisfied with your vision. If for any reason it needed to be removed, it can be. The Visian ICL procedure is an outpatient procedure that generally takes 15 minutes per eye. Prior to the procedure you will receive numbing drops. Dr. Sharpe will create a painless 3 mm incision to insert the folded lens into the eye. Once the lens is inside the eye, it unfolds, is positioned, and the procedure is complete. Patients usually experience an immediate improvement in vision, although the vision will improve for days to weeks afterward.

Is an ICL right for you?

If you are over the age of 21 and extremely nearsighted, you may be a candidate for the Visian ICL. This procedure is able to treat a range of patients from low to extremely high refractive errors (-3 to -15 diopters) and is especially beneficial to those with thin corneas. It is preferable that the patient has not undergone any ophthalmic surgery and does not have a history of eye disease such as iritis, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy. We always perform a complete eye examination as part of our free vision consultation to determine the best vision-correction option for you.


Is the Visian ICL
FDA approved?

Yes. The Visian ICL received approval from the FDA in 2005 for a wide range of myopic (nearsightedness) correction needs.

Can the Visian ICL be
removed from my eye?

Although the lens is intended to remain in place permanently, a surgeon can remove the implant if necessary. And because your cornea is in its natural state, you’re able to pursue other vision-correction options if needed.

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 others.

Will I be able to
feel the Visian ICL?

The Visian ICL is designed to be completely inert after it is implanted. It stays in position by itself and does not interact with any of structures of the eye.

For additional information on Visian ICL visit us.discovericl.com