Visian ICL FAQ’s


What does ICL stand for?

Visian ICL stands for Implantable Collamer Lens. Manufactured by STAAR Surgical, the collagen-based material (Collamer®) used in the Visian ICL is completely compatible with the body’s natural chemistry.

How long does the Visian ICL procedure take?

The Visian ICL procedure only takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes per eye. Most patients experience immediate improvement in their vision.

Does the procedure hurt?

Because anesthetic eye drops and a sedative are used prior to surgery, most patients do not experience any pain during the procedure. There may be some mild discomfort, but this is usually temporary.

Will anyone know that I have the lens?

No. The Visian ICL will not be visible to others and you will not feel it in your eye. You’ll just have great vision!

Can the lens be removed?

Yes, your Visian ICL can be surgically removed and replaced if your vision changes; however, the implant should be viewed as a permanent vision correction solution.

Will I ever need glasses again?

Because the Visian ICL does not correct for presbyopia (the natural stiffening of the eye lenses over time), you may require reading glasses as you get older. It is possible to wear reading glasses while you have Visian ICL implants.

How will I know if I’m a candidate for Visian ICL?

Good candidates for Visian ICL are those who:

  • Are between 21-45 years of age
  • Have been told that they are not good LASIK candidates due to severe myopia, a thin cornea or other corneal abnormalities
  • Do not have any serious eye diseases
  • Have had a stable prescription for at least one year
  • Are not pregnant
  • Have no other contraindications including no known allergies to medications used during refractive surgery

How many people have had Visian implants?

Over 300,000 people have had this procedure worldwide since it was made available internationally 15 years ago. It received FDA approval in the United States in 2005. Since 2006 the United States Armed Forces have trusted the Visian ICL to provide enhanced vision for its members. During this time the results have been outstanding. More than 98% of patients had 20/20 visual acuity or better.