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ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens)

What is ICL ?

The ICL is an Implantable Contact Lens that works with the eye to correct vision. Unlike traditional contact lenses that go on the surface of the eye, the ICL is positioned inside the eye between the iris (the colored part of the eye) and the natural lens where it stays indefinitely. If your vision changes dramatically, however, it can be removed from the eye.

Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic won the ICL award for the seven consecutive year. We have a 30% share of the market.

The ICL Advantages For patients

Many vision correction procedures promise an improved level of vision, but few vision correction alternatives offer the quality and features found with the ICL.
These include:
・Sharp, Clear Vision
・Does not induce dry eye syndrome4
・Excellent Night Vision
・Great for those with thin corneas
・UV protection built into the biocompatible lenses
・A typically quick, 10 to 20 minute procedure and most people are able to resume daily activities in just a few short days with clearer vision
・Treats moderate to high myopia (nearsightedness), Hyperopia* (farsightedness) and astigmatism.
* Hyperopic lenses require an additonal tiny opening in the colored portion of your

Removability for your peace of mind.

The advantage of the Visian ICL is that it can permanently correct your vision, yet no natural tissue is removed in any way during the procedure. If for the unlikely reason you need or wish to remove your Visian ICLs in the future, your doctor can accommodate you.

Vision correction with a legacy of success.

Visian ICL has been approved in Europe since 1997 and in the U.S. since 2005. In that time, over 550,000 eyes have been implanted with Visian ICLs by certified, specialized surgeons with a study showing a 99% patient satisfaction rate.

In harmony with your natural eye.

For people who value health and wellness the Visian ICL could be the choice for you. The Collamer base of the lens material is biocompatible, meaning it is designed to function in harmony with your natural eye.

What to Expect During the ICL Implantation Process

The Day of Surgery It is important that you do not drive yourself home so make arrangements before the day of surgery. Prior to implantation, you will receive anesthetic eye drops to minimize any discomfort. Your surgeon may also administer a sedative. Then, a small opening will be made into your cornea that will be used to insert and position the lens. Next the lens is injected, gently unfolding in your eye. That's it, the procedure usually takes about 20 minutes! Recovery time is short. A few hours after the procedure you will be able to leave the clinic.

After Surgery (Just a few days) To complete the procedure, the surgeon will provide eye drops to help prevent infection and inflammation. You will continue to use these drops for several days once you are home. DO NOT rub your eyes, especially for the first 3 to 5 days.

Phakic IOL flow

ICL (Posterior chamber lens)


Anesthetic drops are administrated prior to the surgery and corneoscleral incision is performed.

Anesthetic drops are administrated, and a 3mm incision is made on the cornea.


 Once the eye's natural lens is removed, the surgeon will place the intraocular lens implant in the eye through a small, self-healing incision.

The surgeon places an ICL (posterior intraocular lens) in the eye through the small, self-healing incision.

* The implanted lens in not visible as it is inserted behind the iris.


The lens is  fixed between an iris and the crystal lens.

The lens is set between the iris and the lens.