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Dr. Moshirfar gives a description of the Visian Phakic IOL, what it is used for, and who is a candidate for it.


How the Visian ICL Procedure Works

This lens is placed through a small incision in the eyes directly behind the iris and in front of the lens. The Visian ICL is made from soft plastic and collagen-based material that is well tolerated in the eye. It has been used safely and effectively to correct myopia between -3 diopters to -15 diopters.

Pros & Cons in Choosing the Visian ICL


  • A good alternative for patients who are not eligible for laser surgery
  • Corrects high nearsightedness that is out of the range of laser surgery
  • Minimal postoperative discomfort
  • Keeps your natural ability to accommodate (read without reading glasses)
  • Reversible; the lens can be explanted.


  • More invasive than laser refractive surgery; this procedure is done in the operating room with topical and/or general anesthesia.
  • Fluctuating vision for a few days after the procedure