How Does The Visian ICL Work?

Man with eyeglasses considering the Visian ICL

When you think about vision correction options, what comes to mind? Most likely it’s glasses, contacts, and laser eye surgery.

While these are the most prevalent options with their own benefits, they aren’t the only options. Vision technology evolves at a rapid pace.

There’s another option that’s starting to gain momentum. Keep reading to learn more about the implantable contact lens and how it works!

What Causes Refractive Errors?

To understand how an ICL works, you need to know why your vision isn’t functioning. When the eye functions as it should, it has a nice, rounded cornea.

This is pretty rare. Everyone has varying degrees of imperfections in their corneas. These imperfections are what cause refractive errors.

A cornea that is too pointed, or too long, will cause light to come into focus too soon inside the eye. This means you’re nearsighted.

If your cornea is flat or your eye is too short, the light will focus behind the retina. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is shaped unevenly, like a football. This causes light to focus on several points inside the eye.


The thing that glasses, contacts, and LASIK have in common is that they correct refractive errors caused by a misshapen cornea. Glasses only temporarily correct your eyesight.

LASIK attacks the problem at its source by altering the shape of the cornea. This is a permanent solution.

Contacts also correct your vision temporarily like glasses but they are also almost invisible.

Implantable contact lenses are contact lenses implanted into your eyes. Unlike a refractive lens exchange, ICLs do not replace any part of your eyes. A refractive lens exchange replaces your natural lens with an artificial lens.

How The Visian ICL Works

The Visian ICL works like a normal contact lens, except you don’t have to remove it or replace it. If you had to, you could have the ICL removed from your eye.

It is a long term corrective option that saves you the hassle that normal contacts can cause. The maintenance-free nature of the Visian ICL is only one of its many benefits.

Some people are nervous to have a permanent procedure like LASIK. Implanting the Visian ICL is minimally invasive, taking as little as 7 minutes to finish. It is even less invasive than LASIK, as the implant can be fit through a much smaller incision.

The Visian ICL is made from a biocompatible material called collamer. You may also hear an ICL called an implantable collamer lens.

Because the ICL is made from collamer, your body will not reject the implant. Downtime after the surgery is minimal.

If you are not a LASIK candidate but you still want to fix your vision, the ICL is another good alternative. Another important thing to note is that ICLs are reversible.

If for some reason the ICL is not working for you or you need to update your prescription, it’s easy to have the implant removed.

Want to learn more about the Visian ICL? Schedule an appointment at Eye Care Specialists in Bloomsburg, PA!