Houston Lens Implants – Permanent Corrective Lenses
Implantable contact lens or Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL). This special lens rests inside the eye rather than outside like a regular lens. It doesn’t have to be cleaned or maintained in any way! It is even possible to remove it if needed. This ability is not an option with laser surgery such as LASIK and PRK. If you have been told you are not a candidate for laser treatment, come see us for an ICL evaluation.
ICL technology has a long history in eye surgery – approximately 20 years. It is so advanced that our military uses it for active duty soldiers exposed to the toughest conditions you might imagine.
Additionally, the Implantable contact lens it has been shown to provide superior night vision results compared to lasers.
Dr. Mattioli first worked with lens Implants for vision correction during his fellowship training 14 years ago in Argentina. It has been approved in the US since 2005.
What is an ICL?
ICL is a trademark acronym for Implantable Collamer Lens.
ICL’s are advanced technology lenses that can correct low and high nearsightedness and astigmatism. This device is similar to a contact lens but it is placed inside the eye, not on the eye, so it provides constant vision correction.
ICL was approved by the FDA in 2005, and worldwide prior to that. Unlike laser vision correction, ICLs are reversible, can correct low to very high nearsightedness (myopia), and do not affect the corneal surface.
What is the treatment like?
Implantable contact lens (ICL) implantation consists of two main steps. First, a small opening is made in the color part of the eye (the green, brown, or blue iris). Then, the ICL is folded and placed through a small entry on the cornea, and placed behind the iris. No stitches or sutures are required. It typically takes about 10 to 15 minutes per eye.
Can both eyes be done at the same time?
How soon can I see?
Immediately. The vision will continue to improve over the next few days as the eyes heal. It is recommended that a driver take you home the day of treatment.
When can I go back to work?
Typically, by the next day for most occupations.
When can I wear make-up again?
The next morning.