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The STAAR Implantable Contact Lens  (ICL)

~   a contact lens that is implanted permanently in the eye and has been proved to be a safe and effective form of treatment for nearsightedness

The STAAR ICL effectively improves visual acuity by reversibly adjusting corneal curvature in highly myopic patients.

Clinical studies have provided evidence of 98% of patients being "moderately to extremely satisfied with their visual acuity" one year after having the lens implanted.

Potential complications from the implantable contact lens are quite unusual and most have had complete resolution. 

Phakic intraocular lenses (IOLs) are potentially new alternatives to laser refractive surgery, the advantage being that these can be removed if necessary.  Development of cataract in the eye may require removal of the ICL. 

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