EVO ICL – Implantable Collamer Lens
The EVO ICL is a new vision correction solution for nearsighted patients. ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) Commonly referred to as the Implantable Contact Lens (also known as a Phakic IOL).
The EVO ICL is a revolutionary refractive lens that can correct vision up to -20 diopters of nearsightedness. The EVO ICL procedure has been repeatedly improved through years of studies and placement in Europe. This lens is a posterior chamber implant that is situated behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens. Unlike LASIK eye surgery this procedure does not permanently alter the shape of your cornea. It is more similar to cataract surgery, which has a long history of success. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that a patient has surgery and leaves the same day.
EVO ICL Advantages
Depth of Vision
The EVO ICL can correct a previously un-matched range of myopia. This lens actually corrects beyond the limits of lasers for myopic correction than either LASIK or PRK. Lens corrects -15 to -20 diopters of myopia. Patients have repeatedly reported very HIGH quality and clear vision after surgery.
If the patient does not like the implant or visual results the lens can actually be removed and your vision will return to the previous level.
Safety & Credibility
The safety and credibility of the lens is evident with the over 2 Million implanted lenses worldwide.
The EVO ICL is implanted like cataract surgery and has a very small incision in which the folded lens is inserted through.
Are you a Candidate?
Individuals who suffer from extreme nearsightedness will have a solution for their poor vision. The EVO ICL provides an opportunity to those individuals who are not candidates for LASIK eye surgery. Some people cannot have LASIK for reasons ranging from high prescriptions to thin corneas. The EVO ICL will now give these patients the opportunity to experience the same lifestyle change that LASIK has brought to millions.
You’re likely a good candidate for EVO ICL if:
- You have extreme to moderate nearsightedness
- You have thin corneas and are not a LASIK candidate
- You have a history of dry eye
- You have large pupils
The EVO ICL procedure is surgery and does involve certain risks. Before determining your candidacy please consult a certified physician. ALL ophthalmologists will have to go through an extensive training process in order to demonstrate expertise with inserting this lens.
The EVO ICL Procedure
The surgeon will insert the EVO ICL through the main temporal incision and place the lens behind the iris and in front of the crystalline lens. This insertion procedure is typically performed one eye at a time. There is very little discomfort and normally no pain associated with the procedure. Some drops or perhaps oral medication may be prescribed and a visit is usually scheduled the day after surgery. Patients will be advised to arrange for someone to drive them to and from surgery.
Diagram of EVO ICL Procedure
Selecting the EVO ICL as your refractive implant of choice needs to be a carefully thought out and researched decision. We make every effort to provide the best vision care solutions to our patients and that is why we have selected this revolutionary lens.
Before determining candidacy for EVO ICL we suggest the following:
- Self-evaluation and research
- Free screening to determine candidacy and review the process with the surgeon.
- Evaluation and a complete eye exam and evaluation to determine your specific needs and establish your surgical plan. It is at this point that you will also review a surgical consent and thoroughly discuss all risks and benefits of the procedures.
- Review all pre- and post-operative instructions and prescription for medications.
- Review the surgical procedure and the necessary post-operative instructions to prevent any kind of infection.
For Highly Nearsighted Patients
What is Myopia? What is High Myopia or Extreme Nearsightedness?
Myopic or nearsighted individuals typically have problems seeing well at a distance and are forced to wear glasses or contact lenses. The nearsighted eye is usually longer than a normal eye and the cornea may also be steeper. As a result, when light passes through the cornea and the lens it is focused in front of the retina, making distant images appear blurred.
Myopia or nearsightedness is perhaps the most common vision disorder known to ophthalmologists. For years glasses and contact lenses have been the typical protocol for correcting myopia so that light can focus on the retina. In most circumstances, the myopic patient has a plethora of very good options for correcting myopia but none that go to the range of the EVO ICL
Treatment Options For Patients With High Levels of Myopia
The main treatment options include a traditional set of glasses which may be thick and the EVO ICL also known as the implantable contact lens or implantable Collamer lens.
Risks of Highly Myopic Patient
- Increased risk of retinal detachment
- Increased risk of retinal holes or tears
- Increased risk of irregular blood vessel growth
More About the EVO ICL
The EVO ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) also known as the implantable contact lens. The EVO ICL is a break-through intraocular refractive lens that can correct vision up to –20 diopters of nearsightedness. The EVO ICL procedure has been repeatedly improved through years of studies and continued refinement.
The lens has actually been used in Europe for the last 20 years while it was under a thorough investigation by the FDA. (Food & Drug Administration) This lens is a posterior chamber implant that is situated behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that a patient has surgery and leaves the same day.