Lens Implants (ICL) in Houston, TX

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Houston, TX Laser Surgery - ICL Implants

The ICL looks like a contact lens. 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, 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.

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Houston, TX Lens Implants - Permanent Corrective Lenses

The Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) rests inside the eye rather than outside like a regular lens. It doesn’t have to be cleaned or maintained in any way. The ICL is designed to permanently correct its wearer’s vision, but it is removable at no harm to the patient. 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.

What are the benefits of ICL?

The ICL provides a safe and effective way to treat common vision concerns that make it difficult to see things clearly. Mattioli Vision Professionals will work with you to determine if this innovative technology is right for your individual vision needs. Here are some benefits associated with ICLs:

  • Sharp, clear vision: Patients see better than they ever have before with help from ICLs.
  • Superior night vision: ICLs correct vision at all light levels — so patients can see well even in the dark.
  • Built-in UV protection: Our ICLs block harmful ultraviolet rays from reaching the eye.
  • Does not cause dry eye syndrome: Unlike LASIK and PRK, ICL surgery is less likely to cause chronic dry eyes.
  • Treats moderate to high myopia: ICLs can be used to help patients with myopia or nearsightedness.

Who is a candidate for the ICL?

  • Those who have thin corneas
  • Those who are very nearsighted
  • Those with a very high prescription or very thick glasses
  • Those who do not qualify for LASIK
  • Those with moderate to high myopia

The Procedure

The ICL procedure typically lasts between 20-30 minutes. Before the procedure, the patient is given numbing eye drops so that no pain is felt. Tiny incisions are made to the eye in order to insert the lense. No tissue is removed during this process. Overall, the procedure and recovery is considered relatively painless. Full recovery following ICL surgery is estimated to take one to two months. However, patients are able to resume to daily activities in just a few short days with clearer vision. Dr. Mattioli first worked with lens implants for vision correction during his fellowship training many years ago in Argentina. Since 2005, it has been officially approved for practice in the US.

how long is recovery after an icl procedure?

Most patients will notice a significant improvement in visual acuity almost immediately after their ICL procedure is finished. However, patients still need to have someone drive them home from our Houston, TX office when they're done. Typically, patients will be able to go back to work, driving, and their normal routine in about 5 – 7 days, although some may experience brief periods of halos and/or blurry vision while their eyes heal. Full recovery and optimal outcomes are usually achieved in about 4 – 8 weeks.

ICL Technology

The collamer base of the lens is biocompatible, meaning it is designed to function in harmony with your natural eye. 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.

 

What is Visian ICL - Dr. Fred Mattioli

Frequently Asked Questions

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?
Yes.

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.

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Average Cost Per Eye  
$4,500 - $5,600
Recovery Time  
3-5 days
How Long It Takes  
30 minutes
Follow Up Time  
1 day, 1week, and 1 month
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Don't struggle with the hassle of cleaning your contacts or remembering where you put your glasses. Contact Mattioli Vision Professionals today to learn more about Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICLs) and schedule a consultation with Dr. Mattioli. If you're in the Woodlands, Sugar Land, River Oaks, or the West University area, our state-of-the-art Houston, TX facility is ready to perform your quick and easy ICL procedure to help you achieve the crisper, clearer vision you want.

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