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Newark’s Trusted ICL Surgery Provider for Improved Vision

Implantable collamer lens (ICL) surgery is one of several types of refractive surgery for nearsightedness and astigmatism. At Eye Care of Delaware, we provide ICL surgery as an alternative replacement for laser vision correction treatment such as LASIK. Dr. Boyd treats his patients at our welcoming Newark cataract and laser surgery center, assisting residents of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. To check whether ICL surgery is the best solution for you, arrange a consultation now.

Implantable collamer lens procedure in Newark

Benefits of an Implantable Collamer Lens

The implantable collamer lens (ICL) offers an alternative to laser vision correction procedures – LASIK and PRK. The ICL is surgically removable, if necessary, and unlike laser vision correction, does not permanently alter the shape of your cornea.


The best candidates for the ICL are between the ages of 21 and 40, with moderate to severe nearsightedness. In fact, patients who benefit the most are those with the greatest dependence on glasses and contact lenses.

What Is an Implantable Collamer Lens?

The ICL functions similarly to a contact lens. But instead of being placed on the surface of the eye, it is positioned inside the eye – in front of the natural lens and behind the iris (the colored part of the eye) – where it cannot be seen or felt.

ICL Surgery

During the ICL surgery, the lens is inserted through a tiny, 3mm incision where it gently unfolds and is tucked into place. The tiny micro-incision is self-sealing, requiring no sutures. Most patients notice improved vision immediately after surgery, which continues to improve over the next few days.

The Implantable Collamer Lens Is Maintenance-Free

The ICL provides predictable outcomes and excellent quality of vision. It is designed to remain in place within the eye indefinitely, and without maintenance. The lens is made of a collagen copolymer that is very biocompatible (doesn’t cause a reaction inside the eye) and stable. It also contains an ultraviolet light filter.

Common Questions About Implantable Collamer Lens Surgery

ICL surgery is not painful, as anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye. The surgery is minimally invasive, and the healing process should only take up to 24 hours. During this time, patients may feel mild discomfort that requires medication for pain relief.

It is possible to treat both eyes during a single ICL surgery procedure. However, after a comprehensive eye evaluation your doctor will determine whether or not this is recommended. In some cases, patients prefer to wait for one eye to recover before treating the second eye.

Implantable collamer lens surgery is recommended for patients between ages 21 and 40. For older patients, if an evaluation reveals there are no additional eye disorders that might affect the surgery, then it may be possible for those over 40 to have ICL surgery.

First-Class ICL Surgery Doctor in Delaware

Eye Care of Delaware is a Newark-based provider of ICL surgery. Dr. Boyd works with patients to deliver significant vision improvements using a safe, reliable surgical procedure. To discuss refractive surgery options, call (302) 454-8800 or request an appointment today.

Eye Care of Delaware Treatments & Surgeries

Our Delaware cataract and laser surgery center is home to many advanced eye surgery procedures and treatments. We offer solutions for these most common eye disorders.

Eye that has a cataract because it hasn't had cataract removal surgery


Cataract surgery can correct a cloudy, natural lens, while also correcting one’s vision with an IOL replacement.

Eye that has damage to the cornea and needs treatment


Resolve corneal infections with effective treatments ranging from dry eye to ocular surface disease.

Cloudy eye ball because it hasn't been treated for Glaucoma


Accurate glaucoma testing and treatment is essential to reduce the risk of vision loss as you age.

Eye on a person's face after refractive surgery


Refractive lens exchange will correct farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism.

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Reshape and remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the eyelids with eyelid surgery.

Eye that needs a retinal treatment


Retinal treatments stop gradual vision loss from macular degeneration, retinal tears or detachment.