Posted by: Focal Point Vision in Blog

Imagine a world where you can experience life with crystal-clear vision, free from the constraints of glasses or contact lenses. For many, vision correction surgery is the key to unlocking this visual freedom.

However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for every refractive procedure, such as LASIK, which is designed to address specific vision concerns within certain guidelines.

If you’ve been told that LASIK isn’t the right choice for you, don’t lose hope. There is another cutting-edge option that can help you achieve the vision you’ve always dreamed of: EVO ICL.

Keep reading to learn more about the EVO ICL, including what it is and who is a good candidate!

What is the EVO ICL?  

ICL stands for Implantable Collamer Lens. An ICL is a thin, pliable collagen (Collamer) lens made from a flexible, biocompatible material. 

The ICL has a corrective prescription like a standard contact lens or glasses, but it’s surgically implanted in your eye. Your eye doctor inserts the lens between your iris, which is the colored part of the eye, and the natural crystalline lens.

Once in place, the new ICL will alter how light is focused on your retina. The ICL improves that focus, so you have better visual acuity.

The EVO ICL is a unique type of ICL that has many advancements. The EVO ICL can significantly improve your visual freedom.

One additional consideration regarding EVO ICL surgery is that it’s reversible. The implanted lenses can be removed if necessary.

Also, unlike vision correction procedures like LASIK, which reshape or remove corneal tissue, EVO ICL doesn’t change the structure of the eyes.

What Happens During the EVO ICL Procedure?

EVO ICL is a minimally invasive procedure and it only takes about twenty to thirty minutes. It’s comfortable and safe, and most people recover quickly.

To begin, your eye doctor will give you eye drops to numb your eyes, as well as eye drops to dilate your pupils. This allows your eye doctor to see the structures of the eye more clearly. 

Once your eyes are numbed, your eye doctor will use specialized tools to carefully create a small opening at the base of your cornea. They will insert the EVO ICL lens through this opening.

Your eye doctor will fold the flexible EVO ICL lens so it fits through the small incision. Once the lens is inserted, your eye doctor will unfold it and adjust it so it is in the correct position.  

When both EVO ICL lenses are in place, the procedure is complete. The incision is so small that it doesn’t need any stitches. 

What is Recovery Like After the EVO ICL Procedure?

Recovery from ICL EVO surgery usually only takes a few days. You’ll be able to go home the same day as your EVO ICL surgery, though you will need a friend or family member to drive you home. 

There is much less risk of side effects like dry eyes compared to LASIK surgery, and most people notice improvement in their vision within two or three days. If you notice eye pain or vision changes, call your eye doctor.

They can examine your eyes to make sure you’re not experiencing an infection or other complications. Your eye doctor will give you instructions about how to care for your eyes after ICL surgery.

You will need to avoid exercise or activities like swimming or using a hot tub for several weeks. You can shower normally, but be sure to avoid getting water in your eyes.

Who Is a Good Candidate for EVO ICL?

EVO ICL can be an effective procedure for people who are not candidates for LASIK and PRK. The ideal candidate for EVO ICL is:

  • Between twenty-one and forty-five years old
  • Nearsighted with moderate to severe myopia
  • Has not had a change in prescription in a year

The best way to determine if you might be a good candidate for the EVO ICL is to visit your eye doctor at Focal Point Vision for an evaluation. They will examine your eyes and ask you about your vision goals to determine if the EVO ICL may be right for you.

What are the Benefits of the EVO ICL?

The EVO ICL offers numerous benefits for those seeking vision correction. This implantable lens provides sharp, clear vision with reduced dependence on glasses or contacts.

It is an excellent option for people with thin corneas, high prescriptions, or astigmatism who may not be suitable candidates for LASIK. The procedure is reversible, and the lens can be removed or replaced if needed.

EVO ICL also offers UV protection and does not cause dry eye syndrome, a common side effect of other refractive surgeries. With EVO ICL, patients can enjoy improved vision and a better quality of life without the limitations of traditional corrective eyewear.

Do you want to learn more about EVO ICL? To find out if you might be a good candidate for EVO ICL, schedule an appointment at Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX, today!