Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)
Life is all about the details, and we want you to enjoy every single one. EVO ICL (EVO) is made for people who want to experience life without the hassle of glasses or contacts.
An ICL, also called an Implantable Collamer® Lens, is a refractive implant to correct common vision issues like myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. This clear lens is surgically implanted to sit in front of the eye’s natural lens, behind the iris, much in the same way that a contact lens sits on the cornea to reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses. ICLs function like contact lenses—except they work from within your eyes instead of sitting directly on their surface.
Unlike some other vision correction options, EVO is an additive technology that corrects vision without the removal of any corneal tissue. EVO is meant to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts and unlike most permanent refractive solutions, EVO is removable.
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common type of refractive error where close objects appear clearly, but distant objects appear blurry.
Astigmatism causes your vision to be blurred at both near and far distances. It occurs when your cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball.
EVO ICL Procedure – What to Expect
EVO is made of biocompatible Collamer material that works in harmony with your eye. Your eye doctor will create a small opening in your cornea that will be used to insert and position the EVO lens.. The procedure is typically painless with numbing eye drops and it typically takes less than 20 – 30 minutes. You can experience improved vision right away and a quick recovery time.
Benefits of EVO ICL
- Significant vision improvement
- 99.4% patient satisfaction
- Over 2 million procedures performed worldwide
- Quick results
- Can be removed if needed
- Offers UV protection
- Undetectable once in place
- Can treat astigmatism and myopia
- May be an option for patients who are not candidates for other vision correction procedures
- Doesn’t cause dry eye syndrome, which can be a side effect of other vision correction procedures
- Provides excellent night vision
Common Questions About EVO ICLs
If you have mild to severe myopia, which is very common, ICL procedures may work for you.
Visual recovery with implantable contact lenses is rapid, and you can anticipate noticeable improvement within a day or two.
The cost of the EVO procedure can vary depending on your personalized treatment plan. Many EVO patients look forward to spending less in the long run with the EVO ICL compared to the continued costs of contacts and glasses. Ask your eye doctor about financing options and payment plans that may be available for your EVO procedure.
People with refractive errors have difficulty focusing on light and images properly. For them, objects come to focus in front of or behind the retina instead of on it. This makes images appear blurred or out of focus. ICL Surgery can correct this problem by bending and focusing light directly on the retina, reducing the need for contacts and glasses.
EVO ICL is well-suited for a wide variety of people. Ideal candidates for EVO are aged 21 to 45 with nearsightedness and have maintained a stable prescription for at least one year. EVO is not an option for patients who are pregnant, nursing, or those with a history of eye disease. If you are seeking a solution to decrease or eliminate the cost or frustration of traditional contacts or glasses, EVO may be your answer. Contact your eye doctor to discuss if EVO ICL is right for you.
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