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.