The Implantable Contact Lens (Visian ICL ™) is a lens made of a highly biocompatible Collamer® material that is implanted into the eye, providing an alternative to glasses, contact lenses and Laser Vision Correction (PRK/LASIK) surgery. The ICL is similar in design to implants inserted routinely during cataract surgery. The ICL is intended to be permanent, yet can be removed and the cornea is not altered unlike PRK/LASIK procedures which irreversibly subtract tissue, permanently reshaping the cornea. Once implanted, the ICL better focuses light rays onto the retina resulting in clearer vision. (See: How this works) It is the only minimally-invasive foldable lens of its kind approved for the U.S. market by the Food and Drug Administration.
As a result of the unique foldable design, the ICL can be inserted through an opening up to 50% smaller than competing technology and its placement in the eye in front of the natural lens and behind the iris provides a more aesthetically pleasing outcome. The procedure is painless and visual rehabilitation is typically rapid.
View: Visian ICL™ education video (above)
Richard A. Erdey, MD has been an investigator for Staar Surgical’s Visian ICL™ U.S FDA Study since 1998. (View: NBC4 News – Dr. Erdey’s patient is first in Ohio to receive myopia ICL in 1998). His interest in this technology continued to build throughout the approval process and was driven by superior clinical outcomes, the stability and safety of the procedure and the high patient satisfaction rate. (Read: The Posterior-Chamber Implantable Contact Lens by Richard Erdey, M.D). Dr Erdey was among the first in Ohio to implant the ICL after U.S. FDA approval in 3/2006, and has since been named a leading ICL specialist in the Great Lakes region. He continues to refine the procedure and now offers advanced UBM imaging allowing even more accuracy when choosing the length of the ICL. Daryl D Kaswinkel, MD and Gregory D. Searcy, MD also maintain an active interest in the Visian ICL.
The ICL allows patients to achieve excellent visual outcomes, particularly in those cases where laser vision correction is unsuitable because of moderate to severe myopia and / or corneas that are too thin to safely withstand laser reshaping. See: ICL/PRK/LASIK comparison
A professional cyclist’s vision is transformed with the Visian ICL ™
Since 2006, the Visian ICL has been improving the vision of the bravest people in our nation under the harshest conditions imaginable. In fact surgeons in the US Military have implanted over 5,000 Visian ICLs with results that are nothing short of heroic:
• More than 98% of patients had 20/20 visual acuity
• 100% were able to see better than before surgery wearing contacts or glasses
• 100% believe they function and perform better
If the Visian ICL can meet the demands of soldiers in the US Military, imagine what it can do for you!
The ICL is the ideal choice for patients with an active lifestyle and those who cannot accept anything less than high-definition, high-quality vision and is the preferred alternative to LASIK and PRK in many cases. The ICL has successfully been implanted in more than 500,000 eyes worldwide and has been approved for use in 50 countries, including Canada, the European Union, South Korea, China, Russia and Japan.