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In the Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) surgery, a biocompatible contact lens is placed inside the eye behind the colored iris to correct vision. The contact lens is made of Collamer material, collagen naturally found in the body that does not elicit inflammation or rejection. Corneal procedures, such as LASIK and SMILE, correct vision through corneal tissue removal. In contrast, ICL is an additive procedure that does not alter the eye’s natural shape.

The advantages of ICL are:

  • Biocompatible lens that is in natural harmony with your eyes.
  • Great option for people with thin corneas or predisposed to dry eye syndrome.
  • Excellent night vision.
  • Designed to be permanent, yet is removable for future vision flexibility, especially after cataract surgery.
  • Provides UV protection.
  • A clinical study shows a patient satisfaction rate of over 99%.

The patients who undergo ICL surgery tend to have the highest rate of satisfaction.

The popularity of the ICL procedure has grown consistently over the years, and Dr. Paul C. Lee has been at the forefront each step of the way. He was voted the Top ICL Surgeon in the U.S. and was also the first surgeon to perform ICL with astigmatism surgery on the West Coast.

Can Fix Severe
Nearsightedness and Astigmatism

ICL surgery is an “addition” surgery in which a lens is placed inside the eye. Varying degrees of nearsightedness is corrected by changing the lens’s power. In laser vision correction, treatment of higher correction requires more tissue removal and greater alteration of the eye’s shape. On the contrary, ICL surgery leaves the eye in its natural shape regardless of the correction amount. This feature allows surgeons to fix a high degree of nearsightedness and astigmatism with much greater precision and safety.

No Dry Eye
Syndrome

Laser vision correction may cause dry eyes as the surgery removes and reshapes the corneal tissue. The Visian ICL procedure does not induce dry eye syndrome.

Procedure for a
Lifetime

Unlike other eye surgeries that cause a permanent change to the eye, ICL is a reversible procedure. The lens can be removed or exchanged to suit the eye’s changing needs with age. This unique feature allows long-term planning in vision correction.

Procedures

Bladeless Wavefront
LASIK

Small Incision Lenticule
Extraction (SMILE)

Implantable Collamer
Lens (ICL)

Refractive Cataract
Surgery

Refractive Lens
Exchange (RLE)

Contoura
LASIK (T-CAT)

Photorefractive
Keratectomy (PRK)

Corneal Collagen
Cross-Linking (CXL)

FAQ

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ICL surgery corrects nearsightedness and astigmatism by inserting a biocompatible lens inside the eye. Unlike LASIK, the procedure is reversible and corrects vision without changing the normal anatomy of the eye.
ICL stands for Implantable Collamer Lens. It is like a contact lens but made of a substance called Collamer, which is a naturally occurring collagen. The body does not see Collamer as a foreign substance, and hence there is no rejection.
ICL surgery has been approved by the FDA to be safe and effective. It has a 99% patient satisfaction rate. While all forms of surgery have risks, ICL is one of the safest procedures to correct vision.

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks. The risks that are more pertinent to ICL are possible elevated eye pressure and cataract formation. These risks correlate with the amount of space inside the eye, with a very low probability of occurrence for good candidates.

Anyone over the age of 20 with a stable prescription can be a good candidate for ICL surgery. However, it is important that there is enough space inside the eye for Dr. Lee to implant ICL. While there are diagnostic devices that measure internal spacing, it is critical that a surgeon with extensive experience in ICL surgery evaluates potential candidates.

ICL surgery takes about 15 minutes per eye, and both eyes can be done on the same day. Most people are able to resume daily activities in just a few days with clearer vision.

ICL surgery will not change the eye color.

While LASIK is safe and effective, ICL surgery offers benefits not found in LASIK, such as maintaining the natural anatomy and functioning of the eye. Patients should consider all different options before proceeding with vision correction surgery.