Since each person’s eyes are unique, LASIK surgery is not always the best option for vision correction. In some cases, patients might not be candidates for LASIK, or they may experience a degree of nearsightedness that cannot be successfully corrected with the refractive laser procedure. The good news is, the EVO Visian Implantable Collamer® Lens (EVO Visian ICL™) can often be an effective solution for many individuals who have moderate to severe nearsightedness (myopia), and who have been told LASIK is not right for them. For those with astigmatism in addition to myopia, the EVO Toric ICL is specifically designed to help improve their sight and correct blurriness. With the EVO Visian ICL™ procedure, qualified patients can achieve high-definition vision while significantly reducing – or even eliminating – their dependency on prescription eyewear.
What can I say? Dr. Chang and team were amazing. The ICL’s have astounding clarity and I’m really enjoying my life without contacts or glasses. From intake at the front desk and consultation with the surgical director to follow ups after surgery, they really take great care of you. Every step of the way the staff made me feel comfortable and confident that…eye was getting the very best!
March 31, 2018
What Is the EVO Visian ICL™?
The EVO Visian ICL™ allows the eye to focus through the natural lens with the help of an additional, surgically implanted lens. This artificial lens can enhance the quality of your vision, correct a number of common refractive errors or eye conditions, and avoid the hassle and maintenance of traditional contact lenses. (However, the EVO Visian ICL™ cannot be used to correct farsightedness.) With the artificial lens strategically placed behind the eye’s iris and in front of the natural lens, the result of theEVO Visian ICL™ procedure is significantly improved eyesight, including better night vision, with a completely natural appearance. As an added benefit, the procedure is completely reversible.
What Is the EVO Toric ICL?
The EVO Toric ICL works in a similar way to the EVO Visian ICL™ as it is implanted behind the iris and in front of the eye’s crystalline lens to improve nearsightedness. The EVO Toric ICL is a newer version of the original Visian ICL™ that is FDA-approved for correcting nearsightedness with higher levels of astigmatism. Patients who were not previously candidates for the EVO Visian ICL™ procedure may be eligible for the procedure using the toric lens, which has been designed for correcting vision in irregularly shaped corneas.
Am I a Candidate for the EVO Visian ICL™ or EVO Toric ICL?
Ideal candidates for the EVO Visian ICL™ are generally those who are between the ages of 21 and 45 and have mild to severe nearsightedness. The EVO Toric ICL may be recommended for those with astigmatism. Additionally, candidates for EVO Visian ICL™ and EVO Toric ICL should have maintained the same vision prescription for at least a year and cannot have undergone any previous ophthalmic surgeries. Patients should not be pregnant, and they should have relatively healthy eyes with no signs of glaucoma, iritis, diabetic retinopathy, or other ocular conditions.
EVO Visian ICL™ & EVO Toric ICL Technology
The EVO Visian ICL™ is made of a biocompatible material called Collamer®. In addition to improving the quality of your vision, this advanced lens material can filter ultraviolet light to help protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. The EVO Visian ICL™ is an updated version of the original Visian ICL™ that allows the lens to be implanted without the need for a peripheral iridotomy, which is a small hole traditionally made in the iris.
For patients who experience a dramatic change in the quality of their natural eyesight after the EVO Visian ICL™ procedure, the implantable lenses can be exchanged and updated to accommodate for this change. As an alternative, EVO Visian ICL™ patients are able to wear glasses or contact lenses should additional vision correction become necessary.
The EVO Visian ICL™ & EVO Toric ICL Procedure
To begin the procedure, a mild sedative and anesthetic eye drops can be used to help ensure you remain as relaxed and comfortable as possible throughout treatment. The EVO Visian ICL™ or EVO Toric ICL is then carefully inserted into position behind the iris and in front of your natural lens. The procedure is typically performed one eye at a time (on the same day), taking approximately 20 to 30 minutes, and a noticeable improvement in vision is generally apparent right away.
The following day, you will need to return to the office so your doctor can monitor the health of your eye and the success of the procedure. You will be prescribed eye drops to help facilitate the healing process, but recovery and time away from regular activities is minimal.
Contact Nevada Eye Consultants
For more information about the EVO Visian ICL™ and EVO Toric ICL, or to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced doctors, please contact us today.