Lasik surgery isn't for everyone, but there's a relatively new procedure that's letting people see without their glasses. It's called ICL - or implantable contact lenses. A local man who had the surgery says it's changed his life.\r\n\r\nAugusto Chavez, a 38-year-old computer consultant, had considered Lasik surgery.\r\n\r\n"The surgeon told me I wasn't a candidate for it, my prescription was too poor," he said.\r\n\r\nLike others with vision problems, he was worried about complications from Lasik, so he turned to a relatively new procedure - ICL, or implantable contact lenses. He says it was his only option for getting out of glasses.\r\n\r\n"My vision is so poor, if I don't have this I can't see," he said.\r\n\r\nChavez turned to Dr. Sandy Feldman of ClearView Eye and Laser Medical Center for the procedure.\r\n\r\n"It's a relatively new procedure in which a tiny incision in the front part of the eye, and we implant a lens very similar to a contact lens," Dr. Feldman said.\r\n\r\nSeveral weeks ago, Chavez had the FDA-approved contact lenses implanted.\r\n\r\n"This is the premier sort of vision correction option we have to offer," Dr. Feldman said.\r\n\r\nAnd Chavez couldn't wait. \r\n\r\n"I've been waiting for this for many years. I'm happy finally getting it done," he said.\r\n\r\nAfter he was prepped, Dr. Feldman inserted the lens in his eye through tiny incisions. The implantable lenses are placed between the iris and the natural lens. The lenses are made of collamer, a material designed to last a lifetime. \r\n\r\nThe entire procedure took less than half an hour, and when it was over, Chavez sat up and was able to read the numbers on the wall clock.\r\n\r\nNow, back for a check-up, Dr. Feldman says his vision is 20-25, and Chavez likes the 'wow' factor.\r\n\r\n"Man, I was just like wow. I just kept saying wowÖ this is great," he said.\r\n\r\nDoctor Feldman says patients should be at least 21 and near-sighted. The procedure costs between $3,900 and $5,000 per eye.\r\n