Phakic intraocular lenses, also known as implantable contact lenses (ICLs), are implantable contact lenses that are surgically inserted into the eye where they provide excellent quality of vision with predictable and stable results. The Visian ICL is the latest phakic intraocular lens to receive approval from the FDA for a wide range of myopic (nearsightedness) correction needs. This technology is adapted from the proven lens technology used for cataract surgery, and works by placing the Visian ICL in front of the natural lens inside the eye. The Visian ICL is made of an advanced material that is extremely biocompatible and provides superior optical performance.
Advantages of Phakic Intraocular Lenses
- Able to correct high degrees of nearsightedness that cannot be corrected with other surgical procedures
- May be performed in patients who are not candidates for LASIK due to corneal irregularity or thinness
- Less likely to cause or contribute to dry eyes
- May be surgically removed