Staar Visian ICLs™ are implantable (collamer) contact lenses designed to correct for myopia (nearsightedness). After the implantable collamer lens is permanently implanted behind the natural lens, the Visian ICL™ provides good results and causes few problems for patients.
How Does the Staar Visian ICL™ Work?
The Staar Visian ICL™ is an implantable collamer lens that is permanently implanted behind the natural lens of the eye to improve vision in nearsighted individuals. The implantable collamer contact lenses work by bending the light rays that pass through the natural lens to achieve sharper focus on the retina. After the lens is placed, most individuals with myopia who have undergone the procedure no longer need to rely upon glasses or traditional contact lenses to see clearly.
The STAAR® Visian ICL™ is made from a unique combination of copolymer and collagen called Collamer®. This Collamer® implantable contact lens transmits light, reduces reflections and glare, and the collagen makes it extremely biocompatible.
Unlike the PMMA implantable contact lens, the Visian ICL™ is foldable, requiring a very small incision during ICL eye surgery. The folded lens is inserted through the incision and unfolds in the eye between the iris and the eye’s natural lens where it aids in focusing ability. Because the incision is self-healing and does not require sutures, recovery time is extremely short. The Visian ICL™ works with the eye’s natural lens to improve vision for those with moderate to severe nearsightedness and is completely invisible to others.
Visian ICL™ Problems or Risks
Although there are risks associated with implantation of the Visian ICL™, problems are rare and in the majority of cases treatable. A few days or weeks after the implantation procedure, patients may experience light sensitivity and difficulty with night vision, however these symptoms usually subside after healing. There is a possibility that vision may be undercorrected or overcorrected by the implantable collamer lens, and in these cases, further vision correction with refractive surgery, glasses, contact lenses, or replacement of the ICL may remedy these issues.
Through uncommon, persistent vision distortion or physical abnormalities after healing can be a sign of serious problems, and patients should consult their doctor to see what can be done to fix the problem. If Visian ICL™ patients experience severe problems and would like the lenses taken out, it is important to note that the ICLs can be safely removed. Generally speaking, the success rate with implantable collamer contact lenses is reported to be between 95 and 99 percent, with severe complications occurring in less that 1 percent of patients.
Visian ICL™ Lens Results
The vast majority of nearsighted patients with the Staar Visian ICL™ lens achieve excellent results, which allow them freedom from traditional contact lenses and glasses. The unparalleled performance, versatility, predictability, and safety of this implantable collamer lens make it a great option for individuals under the age of 45 with myopia, especially those who are not good candidates for LASIK. In clinical studies, the Visian ICL™ lens produced outstanding results, with 95 percent of patients reaching 20/40 vision and 59 percent achieving 20/20 vision or better.