Visian ICL- Brian S. Boxer Wachler, MD

Insertable lenses are one of the most exciting new breakthroughs in the field of enhanced vision care. After 13 years of study in Europe, insertable lenses are also available in the United States to treat nearsightedness prescriptions.

The procedure can be performed in 10 to 15 minutes, and typically results in improvement to the patient’s vision the same day. Visian ICL can also be updated with a new prescription should vision change in the future. In many patients suffering from high prescription and keratoconus, the Visian ICL can help reduce the need for contacts and glasses and provide more functional vision day to day for patients with keratoconus.

To learn whether you are a candidate for either Visian ICL please click here to schedule a consultation or call us at (310) 860-1900.

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Click below to listen to Gail’s story about overcoming vision difficulties after LASIK with the Visian ICL:


Internal lens position Ability to provide
sharper vision than glasses for poorer levels of eyesight
(higher prescriptions stengths)
Stable lens Typically no need
for maintenance.  You’ll typically not feel
the ICL. Material won’t degrade.

Patients come to us from all over the United States and often from other countries. Please click below to listen to patients share in their own words how the process was for them and the ways their lives have been changed.


The Advantages Visian ICL Offers

 Quality of Vision
The Visian ICL offers high quality of vision compared to glasses for many patients with keratoconus. Two unique factors help explain this superior optical performance. First, the Visian ICL is made of Collamer – a soft, flexible lens material that contains a small amount of collagen – making the lens extremely biocompatible for a lifetime of clear vision. Second, the lens is placed inside of the eye, where it continues to focus light typically without any maintenance required.

The Visian ICL is inserted into the eye through a small, micro incision. The lens unfolds in the eye and is positioned between the iris and the natural lens. The procedure takes approximately 10 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis.

Advanced Lens Material
The Visian ICL is made of Collamer, an advanced lens material that has unique properties. Collamer transmits light and reduces reflections that can interfere with vision to enhance vision. Made of a copolymer and collagen, Collamer is also highly biocompatible. It allows the Visian ICL to rest quietly in position while correcting vision. Collamer is the only lens material made with collagen – a top choice for a lens that designed to remain inside your body.

The Visian ICL is not designed to alter any structures within the eye or on the cornea. If necessary, it can be removed from the eye.

Invisible and Undetectable
You won’t be able to see the Visian ICL in your eye, and typically neither will anybody else.

To discover more about Visian ICL, simply click here to schedule an exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

Exactly where is Visian ICL placed in the eye?
Visian ICL is placed in the “posterior chamber,” behind the iris and in front of the eye’s natural lens.

What is the track record of Visian ICL?
Extensive research and development preceded the introduction of Visian ICL. It is now being used by more than 50,000 patients world-wide.

What is Visian ICL made of?
The Visian ICL is made of Collamer, an advanced lens material that is highly biocompatible. Collamer does not cause a reaction inside the eye and contains an ultraviolet filter that provides protection to the eye.

What if your vision changes?
Visian ICL offers treatment flexibility. If your vision changes dramatically, the lens can be removed and replaced, or another procedure can be performed at any time. With Visian ICL, you can wear glasses or contact lenses if necessary.

What is involved in the Visian ICL procedure?
The actual Visian ICL procedure typically takes approximately 10-15 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis. Normally, very little discomfort is associated with this procedure. A light topical or local anesthetic is administered and a mild sedative may be given. Eye drops or oral medication may be prescribed. You will come back the next day for a follow-up visit.

Can they dry out or get dirty like a contact lens?
No. Patients who get dry eyes from traditional contact lenses may be ideally suited for Visian ICL since this lens cannot be felt. Visian ICL avoids problems experienced with traditional contact lenses. It is designed to remain in place inside your eye, without maintenance. A routine, annual visit with your eye doctor is recommended to make sure everything is fine.

How long does Visian ICL stay in my eye?
The Visian ICL is intended to remain in place in the eye without maintenance. Should it become necessary, the lens can be removed.

Can Visian ICL be seen by the naked eye?
No. The lens is positioned behind the iris where it is invisible to both you and observers. You enjoy a cosmetic appearance that is natural. Only an eye doctor will be able to tell that vision correction has taken place.

Can Visian ICL be felt once it is in place?
Typically not.

Will Glasses or Contact Lenses Be Needed Afterwards?

The answer depends on the degree of your keratoconus and prescription strength. After meeting or having a record review with Dr. Brian, you will be advised on realistic expectations after Visian ICL. The expectations range from likely not needing any correction lenses or may be to use weaker powered glasses or contact lenses. Dr. Brian can advise you on that.

To discover all Visian ICL can offer, click here to schedule an exam. Contact Us

For more information about Visian ICL – or to schedule an appointment, contact us at the following:

Phone: 310.860.1900 or 310.916.9915

Many out-of-town patients would like Dr. Boxer Wachler to review their medical records and make a preliminary determination of candidacy for Visian ICL. This is useful before planning a trip to Los Angeles. These are the steps:

  • Along with your last 2 or 3 eye exams, please be sure to include a color copy of your corneal mapping. Color corneal mapping is an important tool, along with your exam history, to determine your candidacy. The last 2 years of your total eye history will be used to make this preliminary determination.
  • Inside the envelope, please be sure to include a cover sheet with your name address, phone number and email address and the words, “Visian ICL Records Review,” so that we may optimize communication with you.
  • Enclose with your letter a copy of your records.

Mail to:
Boxer Wachler Vision Institute

ATTN: Visian ICL Review
465 N. Roxbury Drive, Suite 902
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Dr. Boxer Wachler will contact you to discuss the review.

Important Note: A favorable record review does not guarantee candidacy. Final candidacy is made after he personally evaluates each patient.

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler is a prominent keratoconus specialist who has helped many patients save their vision with advanced keratoconus treatments such as corneal cross linking. For more information about keratoconus causes and keratoconus signs, please visit the respective pages or contact Dr. Brian to arrange your consultation.

Keratoconus is the thinning and bulging of the cornea. Treatments include Intacs®, Holcomb C3-R® cornea collagen cross linking, and if Keratoconus progresses to a serious level, corneal transplantation. Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler is a specialist in Keratoconus evaluation and treatment. Please peruse the pages of this website to learn more about Keratoconus treatments, Keratoconus causes and Keratoconus symptoms, as well as the various treatment options.

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