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Main Office: 2500 Alton Parkway Ste 102, Irvine, CA 92606
North County Office: 1955 Sunny Crest Dr. Ste 120, Fullerton, CA 92835
Specializing in Cataract, LASIK, and Corneal Refractive Conditions & Treatment

Beyond LASIK - ICLs at Chao Vision Institute

Lawrence C. Chao M.D.
Board-certified ophthalmologist
Fellowship-trained eye physician and surgeon
Implantable contact lens subspecialist

Dr. Chao offers extensive subspecialty experience as well as unparallel personalized care to those considering ICLs.

Implantable contact lenses, or phakic lenses, are a new generation of implantable contact lenses created to work with your natural clear lens.  Two lenses have been approved by the FDA for phakic lens implantation, the Visian ICL (Staar Surgical) and the Verisyse Phakic IOL (AMO). 

Both lenses are removable should it become necessary such as when a person's vision changes dramatically or when cataract surgery is performed.  Implanting a phakic lens is an outpatient procedure, requiring the use of topical anesthetic eye drops and a micro-incision no stitch surgical technique.  Phakic lens implant is a safe and effective lens-based refractive vision corrective option for those in whom LASIK or PRK is not recommended.

Visian ICL™

The Visian ICL™ Implantable Collamer Lens is an ultra thin implantable contact lens which is placed behind the colored iris and infront of the natural lens. This lens provides exceptional quality of vision in patients without signs of cataract formation. Excellent for a wide range of vision correction needs:

  • Extreme refractive error - While anyone seeking clear vision may be a candidate for the Visian ICL, Dr. Chao recommends it for those with moderate to severe myopia and those with special vision correction needs.
  • Thin corneas -The cornea is the curved surface on the front of the eye. The Visian ICL does not have any effect on the cornea and may be appropriate if you have thin corneas.
  • Dry eyes -Visian ICL does not cause or contribute to dry eyes.

The Visian ICL does not correct for presbyopia (the need for reading glasses due to age). 

Verisyse™ Phakic IOL

The Verisyse™ Phakic IOL is the other FDA approved phakic lens used to treat moderate to severe myopia.  It does not correct for presbyopia.  The Verisyse™ Phakic IOL is implanted behind your cornea and infront of your iris.  The Verisyse Phakic IOL is made from a material known as polymethyl metacrylate (PMMA), also a biocompatible material that can remain in the eye for decades without changing its properties or losing stability.  

"Life was always a matter of the right moment to act."
- Paulo Coelho

Chao Vision Institute specializes in cataract, LASIK, and corneal refractive vision conditions and treatments.

See Dr. Lawrence Chao for a consult or second opinion if you are considering eye surgery, including Crystalens ™, Visian ICL™, and LASIK surgery in Irvine, Orange County, or the Los Angeles , Riverside, and San Diego areas.

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