Houston 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 Does the ICL Do?


  • Provides sharp, clear vision
  • Provides superior night vision compared to lasers
  • Provides built-in UV protection
  • Does not induce dry eye syndrome
  • Treats moderate to high myopia

Who Benefits From 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.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Typically, by the next day for most occupations.

“For the first time I could just open my eyes without any corrective lenses and just see. And that moment changed my life.”

– Steven Cummings, ICL Patient

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