ICL Specialist


Martin L. Fox, MD, FACS

Cornea & Refractive Surgery located in Midtown East, New York, NY

If you’re not a candidate for the LASIK procedure, implantable collamer lenses (ICLs) are a great alternative to get the same results that LASIK does, namely reduce or eliminate your need for corrective lenses. At Laserfox, Dr. Martin Fox offers this solution to people in New York City, allowing them to see clearly well into the future. To learn more about the ICL procedure, call or fill out the form online to request a consultation.


What is an ICL?

An implantable collamer lens (ICL) is an intraocular lens that Dr. Fox surgically implants into your eye in front of your lens to correct your vision. Called a Visian® ICL™ lens and made by Staar® Surgical, the device is made from collamer, a soft biocompatible material. Dr. Fox places the lens behind your iris and in front of your lens, correcting how your lens focuses light onto your retina for better vision.

Because of its positioning, the lens can’t be seen from the outside.


When is an ICL a better solution?

Dr. Fox turns to an ICL for patients who aren’t good candidates for LASIK surgery for the following reasons:

Too nearsighted

If your nearsightedness, or myopia, is severe, your prescription may be outside the range of correction that LASIK provides.

Corneal thickness

This means that your cornea isn’t thick enough to safely apply the excimer laser used in LASIK.

While there are other, less common, conditions that may preclude you from LASIK surgery, these two represent the two biggest drivers behind opting for an ICL.


Who is a candidate for an ICL?

To be a good candidate for the ICL, you should meet the following:

  • You’re between 21 and 45 years of age
  • You have between -3.00 to -20.00 diopters of myopia
  • You have no more than -2.50 diopters of astigmatism
  • You’ve had stable refraction for at least a year

During your initial consultation, Dr. Fox gathers these measurements toward determining whether an ICL is right for you.


What happens during an ICL procedure?

When you come in for your ICL procedure, you’re given an anesthetic to make you more comfortable. Once you’re ready, it takes Dr. Fox only 10-15 minutes to complete the lens implant in each eye, and both can be done on the same day.

Since the lenses are malleable, Dr. Fox can thread the implant through an incision as small as about one-eighth of an inch. Once the implant is in place, Dr. Fox seals the incision without stitches.


How long does an ICL last?

Your implants are designed to last a lifetime. If your vision does change, Dr. Fox can go in and replace the implants to address the changes.

If you want to do away with corrective lenses, but you’re not a candidate for LASIK, call Laserfox to find out about the ICL procedure. Or you can use the online scheduler to book a consultation.