Implantable Collamer Lenses, or “ICL,” are synthetic contact lenses that can be implanted to restore vision. This approach to vision correction is a popular alternative to LASIK. The procedure involves placing a custom contact lens in the eye to achieve sharp vision without the need for glasses or contacts.
Lens exchange and ICL
The eye’s natural lens deteriorates over time, leading to cataracts. The proteins in the lens tend to clump together and stiffen, causing blurred vision. The lens becomes thicker and thicker and must be treated to avoid damaging the eye structure. Lens exchange is one of the most performed eye surgeries, as most people develop cataracts as they age. This is a different treatment than ICL, as the Visian ICL is an implantable contact lens rather than a replacement for the natural lens in the eye. With modern synthetic lenses, vision problems can be resolved for the long term.