More than 100 eye doctors or their families have chosen the doctors at The Maloney-Shamie Vision Institute to perform their vision correction surgery.
Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
The High Definition vision correction alternative to LASIK.
Because Vision Correction Specialist, Dr. Robert Maloney and Dr. Neda Shamie are dedicated to helping everyone achieve the goal of crystal-clear vision, without the need for glasses or contact lenses, they have remained at the forefront of researching and developing new methods for vision correction.
People with moderate to severe nearsightedness may not be suitable candidates for LASIK, but Dr. Maloney and Dr. Shamie can nonetheless offer them freedom from glasses or contacts with the Implantable Contact Lens (ICL).
These lenses are placed inside the eye in a brief outpatient procedure. They provide a permanent correction without the need for removal or cleaning. Some of these lenses can correct for reading vision too, an advantage for patients over 45 years old.
Dr. Robert Maloney was an authorized FDA principal investigator for the Implantable Contact Lens and has been performing the procedure in Los Angeles since 1997.
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Dr. Robert Maloney performs implantable contact lens surgery on "The Doctors" TV Show
A biocompatible lens, placed inside your eye, that never needs to be removed or cleaned.
For your ICL surgery, Dr. Maloney or Dr. Shamie will use a tiny lens made from a soft foldable polymeric material called Collamer. The special material contains collagen, the same substance that makes up your eyes’ corneas, and has been demonstrated to be easily compatible with your body’s own tissue for more than 50 years.
In a simple outpatient procedure, Dr. Maloney or Dr. Shamie will insert the tiny lens into place either behind the iris, or colored part of your eye, or on top of the iris, behind the cornea, depending on which type of lens will give you the best vision. You won’t feel the lens in your eye, and it will stay comfortably in place, without any need for anchoring. Once the lens has been placed, you probably won’t be able to see it; only your eye doctor will be able to find it, using special equipment.
The surgery used to implant the lens is simple and painless: after completely numbing the eye, one of the doctors at The Maloney-Shamie Vision Institute will make a tiny incision about 3mm long, just large enough to insert the ICL, a small, foldable, injectable lens. Your eye heals rapidly. The result is excellent quality of vision – improved to 20/20 or better. Because implantation of the ICL does not require any structural alteration of the eye, Dr. Maloney and Dr. Shamie find that the results are predictable and very stable.
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The ICL is both safe and comfortable.
Unlike traditional contact lenses, no additional maintenance is required for your ICL, and you can expect it to remain permanently in your eye. It won’t dry out or get dirty, and you won’t be able to either see it or feel it.
The implantable contact lens is extremely well tolerated by the eye. As a substance, it is inert and non-invasive. The body thinks it is part of its normal tissue. You can’t feel it in your eye. You can’t see it. Nobody around you can see it. The only one who could is an eye doctor who can look with special instruments and see it is there. So it is a very healthy option for people looking to correct their vision.
Implantable lenses won’t stop your eyes from changing, however, and you can expect to experience the normal vision changes that come with age, such as a need for reading glasses after the age of 45 or so.
Although the lens is intended to be permanent, it can be removed easily if your vision changes, or if it otherwise needs to be removed or replaced.
Who is a candidate for the Implantable Contact Lens?
Implantable contact lens patients are generally people for whom traditional LASIK surgery is not recommended, usually because they are extremely nearsighted, extremely farsighted, or have a cornea that is too thin to safely manage the degree of correction that they need. You should be over 18 before you consider an ICL, and your prescription should be stable for 12 months or longer.
A complete examination and consultation with our Vision Correction Specialist will let you know if ICL is the right surgery for you.
What if I have astigmatism?
If you have astigmatism, it means that your eye is oval-shaped instead of perfectly round—more like a football than a basketball. Astigmatism contributes to blurred vision so we need to correct it.
ICL itself doesn’t correct astigmatism. However, Dr. Maloney and Dr. Shamie can usually correct mild astigmatism easily when they perform the ICL surgery, by carefully placing the incisions used to place the lens. If the astigmatism is more severe, it can usually be corrected with a laser touch-up after the ICL surgery. A nice feature of the ICL is that Dr. Maloney and Dr. Shamie can combine it with LASIK in order to give great correction for those with moderate to severe nearsightedness and astigmatism.
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Implantable contact lenses can help even those with moderate to severe nearsightedness.
If you have been told that you are not a LASIK candidate, or you just don’t know which procedure you need, please come in for a personal consultation. We will use all of our technology to help you decide on the best solution to ensure the best possible outcome for your unique eyes.
We would love to have you be one of our thousands of happy, glasses-free patients.
My ability to see at a distance and the clarity of my vision is something that I had never before experienced."
"I have suffered from bad eye sight since I was 8 years old, and have been utilizing some combination of glasses or contacts since that time. However, in recent years my eyes had deteriorated more and more making it difficult to not only see at night but to enjoy seemingly simple tasks.
"I am extremely grateful that I was introduced to Dr. Maloney after my sister (and her entire office) got LASIK on her eyes from him. While I was not a candidate for standard LASIK, I did qualify for ICL, and this procedure has allowed me to (as corny as this sounds) live a much fuller life. My ability to see at a distance and the clarity of my vision is something that I had never before experienced.
"I recently returned from South Africa for the World Cup and a safari, and the ability to be hiking for 5 days in a Game Reserve without dealing with contacts and/or glasses, and with being able to see better than every person in my 8-person group was validation that I made the right decision."Pete Morgan