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LASIK vs. ICL – Houston, TX

Both LASIK and ICL™ (Implantable Collamer® Lens) may be used to correct nearsightedness, and Eye Excellence, led by board-certified ophthalmologist Mary T. Green, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., offers both for patients residing in Houston or Missouri City and the surrounding areas in Texas. ICL™ is often recommended for our Houston area patients with a very high degree of nearsightedness that may not be good candidates for LASIK.


The ICL™ is a lens that is implanted into the eye and functions with the natural lens of your eye to improve vision. During the procedure, the Collamer® lens is implanted between your iris and your natural lens through a minuscule incision that heals without any sutures. ICL™ may be an excellent option for patients who are not eligible for LASIK surgery because of extremely high prescription (-3 and up to -15), thin corneas or dry eyes.

Patients with astigmatism may also benefit from the Collamer® lens implant. In some cases when necessary, Dr. Green can treat astigmatism with LASIK shortly after the lenses are implanted and healed.

The ICL™ is implanted usually one at a time. The procedure normally takes approximately 15 minutes per eye. Your visit on the day of surgery will take about two hours including pre and post-op care. We recommend that you plan accordingly. ICL™ procedures typically require little downtime or recovery period. Most patients are able to return to work and their regular daily activities the day after surgery.


LASIK is a safe and effective procedure performed on thousands of people yearly. In fact, it is the most widely performed surgical vision correction procedure in the world. LASIK is used to correct nearsightedness, mild farsightedness, and astigmatism.

During the LASIK procedure, Dr. Green will employ a laser to create a very thin flap on the surface of your eye in order to access the cornea and reshape it using a vision correction laser to help your eye focus properly at any distance.

LASIK is a minimally invasive procedure and recovery is very quick. Immediately following the surgery many patients report their vision is still blurry, however, most notice a dramatic improvement in vision by the next morning. Most patients are able to drive the day after LASIK surgery.

Which Procedure Is Right for You?

While LASIK is a great procedure and suitable for most patients, Houston is fortunate to have an experienced and reputable ICL™ surgeon: Dr. Mary T. Green at Eye Excellence.  Even if you have been told you are not a candidate for LASIK surgery due to your prescription, thin corneas or dry eye, you may still be able to enjoy vision correction using ICL™ technology.

If you live in Houston, Missouri City or the surrounding areas of Texas and are still wondering whether LASIK or ICL™ is right for you, contact us to schedule a consultation at Eye Excellence where Dr. Green will provide you with a thorough exam and assessment to determine your best option for vision correction.