Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
Vision ICL™ as an Alternative to LASIK
The Visian ICL™ (Implantable Contact Lens) is a phakic intraocular lens (IOL) used at Bloomberg Eye Center in Columbus and Newark, Ohio, for eyes that are not ideal candidates for LASIK. The Visian ICL™ does not replace the eye’s natural lens as the IOLs used during cataract surgery do. Instead, the ICL™ is placed between the iris and the natural lens during a 10-minute procedure similar to no-stich cataract surgery.
Vision ICL™ is Safe and Effective
The effectiveness and safety of the Visian ICL™ implantation procedure has been proven with over 75,000 procedures performed. Cataract and glaucoma occur in a small fraction of cases and can usually be treated. Unlike corneal refractive surgery, implantation of the Visian ICL™ does not permanently change the eye’s structure. This is because the phakic IOL is placed in the posterior chamber of the eye where it works with the natural lens to correct vision.
Refractive Surgery Beyond the Limits of LASIK
Unlike in refractive lens exchange, a young patient’s eye with the ICL can focus and does not become dependent on glasses. ICLs take refractive surgery beyond the limits of LASIK.