What is the EVO ICL?

Nearsightedness is one of the most common vision issues affecting people today. While glasses and contacts can temporarily correct blurry distance vision, millions of nearsighted people are now opting for a newer permanent fix called an implantable collamer lens.

One of the most advanced ICLs available is the EVO ICL. The EVO ICL stands out from the rest and may be a good option for you if you desire to reduce your dependency on contacts or glasses. 

Keep reading to learn more about the EVO ICL, including who is a good candidate, what the procedure entails, and how this innovative lens can correct vision for years to come!

What is an ICL?

An implantable collamer lens, also called ICL for short, is a type of implantable vision correction lens used to treat nearsightedness and nearsightedness with astigmatism. Unlike LASIK or PRK, which reshape the cornea, the ICL is inserted inside the eye between the natural lens and the iris and does not alter the cornea tissue.

Once in place, the ICL adds focusing power and corrects vision similarly to a contact lens or glasses, but works inside your eyes. The ICL is designed to be a permanent but reversible fix for vision correction.

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How Does the EVO ICL Differ From Other ICLs? 

The EVO ICL is the latest generation of implantable collamer lenses. It differs from other versions in some significant ways. 

The EVO includes a proprietary design that better matches the visual properties of the human eye compared to earlier lenses. Its design also eliminates the need for the traditional laser iridotomy procedure, which is required prior to ICL surgery with other types of ICLs to prevent a spike in eye pressure after the procedure. 

The EVO ICL procedure is also reversible if needed. Overall, the EVO ICL provides improved comfort, visual quality, and safety over other implantable lens options.

What Happens During the EVO ICL Procedure?

Getting the EVO ICL is a relatively quick outpatient procedure. First, your eye doctor will instill anesthetic eye drops to help numb the surface of your eyes to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure.

Then, your eye surgeon will make a small, self-sealing incision in the cornea, the transparent dome-like structure at the front of the eye. Next, they will insert the flexible ICL and position it in place between the natural lens and the iris. 

Your eye surgeon will adjust the lens placement as needed, and the procedure will be complete. After a short period of recovery, you will be able to go home the same day.

Within a couple weeks, vision typically stabilizes and your need for visual aids like glasses and contact lenses will be significantly reduced.

How Do I Know if I am a Candidate for the EVO ICL?

Before you can get the EVO ICL, you will first need to visit your eye doctor at VisionFirst Eye Center in Birmingham, Alabama, to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. During this appointment, your eye doctor will examine your eyes and ask you about your vision goals to determine if this procedure may be the right one for you.

Good candidates for the EVO ICL procedure are adults with stable nearsightedness or nearsightedness with astigmatism. You’ll also need to have stable vision and be in good general health.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, your eye doctor will recommend waiting to ensure that you will not have any vision fluctuations.

Do you want to learn more about the EVO ICL or determine if you may be a good candidate for this vision correction procedure? Schedule an evaluation at VisionFirst Eye Center in Birmingham, AL, today!

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