Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL Implants)

If you’re looking to get vision correction surgery but have been advised that LASIK or PRK is not suitable for you, then an ICL implant could be an effective alternative.

What is an Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)?

ICL stands for implantable collamer lens. This is a thin, artificial lens made of collamer, which is derived from collagen – a substance naturally found in your body that is designed to work in complete coordination with your eye. The ICL lens is surgically inserted into your eye behind the iris, in front of your natural lens to correct your vision.

Who could benefit from ICL implants?

LASIK and PRK eye surgery are most commonly used to correct vision, however not everyone’s eyes will be suitable for them.

This includes people who have:

  • thin corneas
  • large or complex prescriptions
  • corneas with irregularities
  • keratoconus
  • Dry Eye Syndrome

Dr. Oday Alsheikh and our team of eye surgeons will always carry out a comprehensive examination of your eyes, and go through potential risks for vision correction surgery in order to provide you with the best tailored solution to cover your visual and lifestyle needs.

What does the surgery involve?

Numbing eye drops will first be applied to your eyes to ensure you feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure. Your eye surgeon will then make two small incisions to carefully insert your ICL implant just behind the iris using a special lens insertion device. In the final part of the surgery, your eye surgeon will close up the incisions.

Our eye surgeons are leading experts in ICL surgery. Our top priority is to always put patient care first, which is why we use the latest technology to carefully plan and carry out each procedure. We will only recommend ICL surgery if it is appropriate and safe for your particular circumstances. With all of this in mind, you can feel confident about expecting the best possible surgical outcomes in our trusted and experienced hands.

Benefits of ICL

ICL surgery offers several benefits, including:

  • outstanding outcomes, the patient satisfaction rate for ICL surgery is 99%
  • reduced glare, some patients who have LASIK or PRK eye surgery experience problems with glare, which is much less likely with ICL surgery
  • reversibility, ICL lenses can be easily removed via surgery, while LASIK and PRK are not reversible.

If you’d like to learn more about ICL implants and ICL implant cost, please get in touch with our expert team to book a consultation.

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We are dedicated to giving all of our patients the best experience possible. We’re here to put your mind at ease; with our experienced ophthalmologists and state-of-the-art technology, we can guarantee you’ll receive the most professional, reliable, and personalized treatments in San Antonio.