Visian ICL


Your Choice for the Best Quality of Vision Correction


STAAR Surgical’s Visian ICL® has a proven track record of providing improved quality of vision. When compared to other surgical vision correction procedures, the Visian ICL delivers sharper vision and high patient satisfaction. The immediate improvement of vision quality and the remarkably short and painless recovery creates a unique “WOW!” factor you will notice immediately.

The Visian ICL is the procedure of choice for patients who need and expect higher quality results in performance safety. In fact, the US military has embraced the Visian ICL because of the reliable visual clarity it achieves. The Visian ICL is clearly the choice for patients with an active lifestyle and those who cannot accept anything less than the highest quality of vision.


What It Is and How It Works

The Visian ICL is an Implantable Collamer Lens that works with the eye to correct vision. Unlike traditional contact lenses that go on the surface of the eye, the Visian ICL is positioned inside the eye between the iris (the colored part of the eye) and the natural lens where it stays indefinitely. If your vision changes dramatically, however, it can be removed from the eye.

Technologically Advanced Lens Material

Unlike other lenses, the Visian ICL is made from Collamer, a technologically advanced lens material exclusive to STAAR Surgical. Because of the collagen in Collamer, it is biocompatible with the eye (not seen as a foreign object to the body) and provides exceptional quality of vision. The lens rests quietly in position while accurately correcting vision. The Visian ICL is the best choice for a lens that is going to remain inside your eye for a lifetime.

The Visian ICL Advantages

High Definition Visian

For years, the only method of permanent vision correction that didn’t involve glasses or contact lenses was corrective laser eye surgery. With the advent of the Visian ICL, however, that’s all changed. Now, you can enjoy “High Definition Visian™” – a new level of vision correction that’s sharper, clearer, more vivid, and has greater depth and dimension – in a simple, 15-minute outpatient procedure.

The “Wow” Factor

After the simple 15-minute outpatient procedure, patients experience an immediate improvement in vision quality and are “Wowed” by the results. Often the quality of vision achieved is many times better than any vision correction solution.

Designed to be Permanent, Yet is Removable

One of the important advantages of the Visian ICL is that while it can permanently correct your vision, the lens can be simply removed and/or replaced if necessary. Also, concerns involving the cornea typically do not apply to the Visian ICL, as no natural corneal tissue is permanently removed or reshaped in any way during implantation.

Invisible and Undetectable

Because the Visian ICL is positioned between the iris and natural lens, the lens is invisible to both the patient and any observer. Also, its positioning in the eye maintains normal iris function and promotes stability.

Does Not Cause Dry Eye

Visian ICL does not cause or contribute to dry eyes. If you have dry eyes, ask your doctor if the Visian ICL may be the best vision correction option for you.

Short Recovery Time

The recovery for the Visian ICL is quick and pain-free, and may be as little as one day, due to the very small size of the opening required. Patients typically experience minimal discomfort, and many times go back to work the next day.

UV Protection

Long-term exposure to UV radiation can damage your eyes; and longer term or more intense exposure increases the chance of eye disorders including the development of cataracts and some retinal problems. As an added feature, the Visian ICL advanced lens material contains a UV blocker that actually prevents harmful UVA and UVB rays from entering the eye, possibly preventing the development of UV related eye disorders.

Treatment Flexibility for the Future

Your vision changes as you grow older and eventually almost everyone will need cataract surgery. An important benefit with the Visian ICL is that you have options for future treatments. Because Visian ICL maintains the structure of the eye, the lens can be removed and replaced if your vision changes substantially, or if you have another procedure at any time.

Excellent Safety Profile

The Visian ICL has an excellent safety profile compared to other procedures. Studies have shown that the Visian ICL provides one of the best postoperative results of all refractive procedures available with a patient satisfaction rate of over 99%¹. Since 1997, more than a quarter of a million Visian ICL procedures have been performed worldwide.


Corrects a Wide Range of Vision Needs

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

Thin Corneas

The cornea is the curved portion on the front surface of the eye. The Visian ICL does not have any effect on the cornea and may be appropriate if you have thin corneas.

Dry Eyes

Visian ICL does not cause or contribute to dry eyes. If you have dry eyes, ask your doctor if the Visian ICL may be the best vision correction option for you.

Extreme Refractive Error

Refractive error in the focusing of light by the eye is a frequent reason for reduced visual acuity. Anyone seeking clear vision may be a candidate for the Visian ICL, including those patients with low and extreme high refractive errors.

What to Expect During the Visian ICL Implantation Process


Prior to Surgery (2 to 3 weeks) Your doctor will schedule a procedure to prepare your eye for implantation of the Visian ICL. This is necessary to ensure that fluid inside your eye flows properly after your surgery.

This is virtually painless as your doctor will apply numbing drops to the eye before making tiny openings in the colored portion of the eye with a laser beam.

After this procedure, you will be given eyedrops to prepare your eyes for surgery.

The Day of Surgery It is important that you do not drive yourself home so make arrangements before the day of surgery. Prior to implementation, you will receive anesthetic eye drops to minimize any discomfort. Your surgeon may also administer a sedative. Then, the doctor will create two micro openings in the edge of your cornea that will be used to insert and position the lens.

Next the lens is injected, gently unfolding in your eye. Special marks on the lens ensure proper positioning.

That’s it – the procedure takes about 15 minutes! Because the opening is microscopic, recovery time is very short without needing any sutures. A few hours after the procedure you will be able to leave the clinic.

After Surgery (Just a few days) To complete the procedure, the surgeon will provide eye drops to help prevent infection and inflammation. You will continue to use these drops for several days once you are home. DO NOT rub your eyes especially for the first 3 to 5 days. If you experience pain or notice any sudden decrease in vision, you should contact your doctor immediately.

Then your only instructions are to check in for eye exams on a routine basis.

Time to move on from contacts and eyeglasses


Are contacts and eyeglasses a constant hassle and a huge expense?

 Every morning and every night you have the constant hassle of putting in and taking out your contact lenses. Sometimes you forget to buy cleaning solution. Of you forget to clean your lenses and you could get an eye infection. Let’s not forget how easy it is to sit on those glasses, those $400 glasses.

There is a solution, the Visian ICL

Now there is an option for you to enjoy an improved quality of vision without the constant burden and hassle of contact lenses and eyeglasses.

Find out how much you’re spending

Do yourself a favor and add up the monthly and yearly costs of buying and maintaining contacts and glasses. Now spread that cost our over 10 or 15 years and you will start to see the potential cost advantage of having the Visian ICL procedure. 




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