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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. 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.

Can Fix Severe

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 with much greater precision and safety.

No Dry Eye

Laser vision correction may cause dry eyes as the surgery can disrupt the tear-producing mechanism of the eye. However, in ICL surgery, there is no such disruption, and the procedure does not cause dryness.

Young and Old

Procedure for a

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.


Bladeless Wavefront

Small Incision Lenticule
Extraction (SMILE)

Implantable Collamer
Lens (ICL)

Refractive Cataract

Refractive Lens
Exchange (RLE)


Keratectomy (PRK)

Corneal Collagen
Cross-Linking (CXL)


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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 surgery has been approved by the FDA to be safe and effective. While all forms of surgery have risks, ICL is one of the safest procedures to correct vision.
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 takes about 15 minutes per eye, and both eyes can be done on the same day.
ICL surgery is like LASIK in that it is elective surgery. People undergo ICL to reduce their dependence on glasses.
ICL surgery has been approved by the FDA to be safe and effective. While all forms of surgery have risks, ICL is one of the safest procedures to correct vision.
ICL surgery will not change eye color.
While LASIK is safe and effective, ICL surgery offers benefits not found in LASIK, such as maintaining the natural anatomy of the eye. Patients should consider all different options before proceeding with vision correction surgery.