Implantable Contact Lenses

Clear Choice for the Best Quality of Vision
The Visian ICL offer unparalleled quality of vision, providing excellent contrast. Two unique factors help explain this superior optical performance. First, the Visian ICL is made of Collamer – a soft, flexible lens material that contains a small amount of collagen – making the lens extremely biocompatible for a lifetime of clear vision. Second, the lens is placed inside the eye, where it continues to focus light accurately without any maintenance required.

Safety
The Visian ICL is inserted into the eye by Dr. Van Buren 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.

Removable
The Visian ICL does not alter any structures within the eye or on the cornea. If necessary, it can be removed from the eye by a simple surgical procedure.

Invisible and Undetectable
You won’t be able to see the Visian ICL in your eye, and neither will anybody else. Exceptional quality of vision will be the only reminder that you have had 21st century vision correction.

Advanced Lens Material
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 you body for a lifetime.

Who is the Best Candidate for ICL
The Visian implantable contact lens is a state-of-the-art refractive error solution that is ideal for anyone who has the need or desire for quality vision correction.

Good candidates for the Visian ICL include patients who:

  • Are nearsighted, including those with mild, moderate, and severe myopia (-3D to -20D prescription).
  • Have proper anterior chamber depth and acceptable eye tissue cell density (this will be determined by Dr. Van Buren after a comprehensive eye exam).
  • Have not had a change in their eyeglass prescription of more than 0.5D in a year.
  • Are not currently pregnant.
  • Have no known allergies to medications used during refractive surgery or no other contraindications.
  • Have dry eyes, severe myopia, or a thin cornea (non-LASIK candidate).

Why Patients Seek Visian ICL
Patients seek the Visian ICL because they expect the highest quality of results from their refractive vision correction procedure. The advantages make the Visian ICL a sought after treatment for nearsightedness.

High quality of vision – The Visian ICL not only improves your visual acuity, but it also enhances your quality of vision by producing sharp vision.

Wide treatment range – In comparison to other refractive procedures, the Visian ICL offers the widest treatment range for treating myopia (-3.0 diopters to -20.0 diopters).

Foldable – Because the Visian ICL is foldable, a small incision is required during the procedure. This feature makes the procedure efficient (no sutures needed) and improves healing time.

Invisible – The placement of the Visian ICL into the posterior chamber of the eye makes the lens invisible to both the patient and any observer.

Rapid Healing – The time required heal after Visian ICL procedure is much faster than LASIK. Patients enjoy functional vision even on the day of the procedure.

Proven track record – Implanted in over 65,000 eyes worldwide, the safety and amazing improvement in vision quality of the Visian ICL has been proven over the last 15 years.

How is the Procedure Done
15 Minutes That Will Change Your Life. Prior to the implantation of the Visian ICL, you will receive topical anesthetic drops. You will also receive some relaxing medicine. First, a microscopic incision will be made where the white of your eye meets the colored part. Second, the flexible ICL will be folded and slipped into your eye. Finally, the ICL is positioned behind the iris where it stays.

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That’s it! Because the incision made is microscopic it will heal naturally in a very short period of time without needing any sutures. Implanting the Visian ICL is an outpatient procedure, and takes about 15 minutes. About one hour after the procedure you will be able to leave the clinic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are candidates for Visian ICL?
If you are over 21 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, iritis, 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 structures 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 65,000 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 contact lenses if necessary.

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 you 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. You enjoy a cosmetic appearance that is natural. Only your doctor will be able to tell that vision correction has taken place.

Does it hurt?
No. Most patients state that they are very comfortable throughout the procedure. Dr. Van Buren will use a topical anesthetic drop prior to the procedure and usually administers a light sedative as well.

Will I be able to feel the Visian ICL once it is in place?
No. You will not feel anything different. The Visian ICL is designed to be completely unobtrusive after it is put in place. It stays in position by itself and does not interact with any of the eye’s structures.