Visian ICL: An Alternative To Laser Eye Surgery
While you may have heard it called the Implantable Contact Lens, the Visian ICL officially stands for Implantable Collamer Lens. Collamer is a technologically advanced lens material . Because of the collagen base in Collamer, it is 100% compatible with your body’s natural chemistry. Among Collamer’s advantages are that it is anti-reflectivity and UV protection.
The Visian ICL is injected through a small 2.2 mm incision and rests in front of your natural lens. The ICL is not visible from the outside of the eye and you will not be able to feel the lens within the eye. The entire procedure is performed under a local anaesthetic and you will be able walk out of the operating room once the surgery is done.
Visian ICL surgery is safe and predictable, but like any sort of surgery carries a small risk of complications. The risk of a serious infection within the eye is small (1/1400). In some cases the ICL may need to be exchanged if it does not fit well once it is in the eye. A small percentage of patients may also develop cataract or high pressure after surgery- this is rare. As with any surgical procedure these risks are reduced by picking an experienced consultant surgeon.