What makes a good candidate for the Visian ICL?

Ideal Candidates for Visian ICL™ – An Advanced Myopic Vision Correction

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The Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer® 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. Produced by STAAR® Surgical Company, the phakic IOL has numerous advantages including its correction of the widest range of myopia.


The Visian ICL Candidate


Good candidates for the Visian ICL include patients who:

  • Are between the ages of 21 and 45.
  • Are nearsighted, including those with mild, moderate, and severe myopia (-3D to -20D prescription) with minor or no occurrence of astigmatism. The Visian Toric ICLâ„¢, capable of correcting myopia and astigmatism, is currently under review with the U.S. FDA. The Visian TICLâ„¢ is currently available outside of the United States.
  • Have proper anterior chamber depth and acceptable eye tissue cell density (this will be determined by an ophthalmologist 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 of our phakic IOL (highlighted below) make the Visian ICL a sought after treatment for nearsightedness.


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  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Collamer composition – Used exclusively by STAAR Surgical Company, Collamer is made from collagen, which is a substance that naturally occurs in the body. This makes the lens highly biocompatible with the eye. Learn more about the Collamer advantage.
  6. Proven track record – Implanted in over 55,000 eyes worldwide, the safety and amazing improvement in vision quality of the Visian ICL has been proven over the last 15 years.

Because the Visian ICL is also ideal for patients with contraindications for laser refractive surgery, some people may consider the Visian ICL as an alternative to LASIK; however, as you can see, it is so much more than that. It is often compared to the corneal refractive procedure because the Visian ICL takes refractive surgery beyond the limits of LASIK. Patients, who may not discover the Visian ICL until they begin to search for an alternative treatment to avoid LASIK or PRK complications, realize that the Visian ICL is not just an alternative; it is the clear choice for superior vision quality.


For more information on this breakthrough refractive treatment, call us to make an appointment for an eye examination with Dr. Stephen Turner, a certified Visian ICL surgeon.