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. Unlike corneal procedures, such as LASIK or SMILE, which corrects vision through corneal tissue removal, ICL is an additive procedure that does not alter the eye’s natural architecture.
The advantages of ICL are:
- highly accurate outcome even for people with high correction
- no dryness
- no regression with more stable vision
- option to undergo LASIK or other corneal procedures in the future
- better outcome after future cataract surgery
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.