Visian ICL


We have needed a solution for refractive patients who fail LASIK candidacy. Now patients with high degrees of myopia (-6 to -20) and those with borderline pachymetry or questionable topography have an option.
STAAR Surgical, one of the most innovative cataract intraocular lens manufacturers has released the first posterior chamber phakic intraocular lens.  This lens, commonly called the ICL (intraocular contact lens; implantable collamer lens) was given FDA approval in the last days of 2005.  STAAR expects to launch this product in April 2006.  After more than 20 years of work with STAAR, I have been chosen to perform a half dozen pre-release cases as part of their Center’s of Excellence Program.  These few cases will be done without a surgeon fee*.  I performed my first ICL implantation 6 years ago in the Domincan Republic.
There are several advantages to a non-corneal refractive procedure including absence of dry eye, no regression or fluctuation, no flap or epithelial healing issues, and no risk of ectasia.  Because this is a large optic posterior chamber lens glare, halos, and starbursts are dramatically reduced.  The only other phakic refractive lens has a smaller optic, is clamped to the iris, and requires a large incision.

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ICL Insertion


ABC News

ABC's coverage is yet another powerful example of how the Visian ICL™ is enjoying greater awareness and wider acceptance among consumers each and every day


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The Surgeon - Dr. Lewis

James S. Lewis, MD, became a member of the Wills Eye Surgical Network in 1996, affiliated with the Kremer Eye Center in 2007, and joined the Fort Washington Surgery Center in 2020. 

STAAR Surgical

Collamer is a unique lens material created and used exclusively by STAAR®. To date, over 1 million Collamer lenses have been implanted.

EVO Visian ICL™

STAAR® Surgical's phakic IOL for myopia and astigmatism


Discover ICL

The Visian ICL, also known as the Implantable Collamer® Lens, is a type of refractive procedure to help correct the most common visual problem, myopia. Simply put, Visian ICL is a removable lens implant that is an attractive alternative to LASIK and other refractive procedures.

ABC7 News: For those with astigmatism


Clearer vision for those with astigmatism. Innovations in eye surgery, like Lasik, have given hundreds of thousands of people better vision. But so many are still left out, because they have an eye condition like astigmatism, that can't be corrected that way.