EVO ICL™ in Rochester, NY
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Implantable Contact Lenses to Correct Myopia & Astigmatism
The EVO Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) may be a great option for patients looking at procedures like LASIK to break free from contact lenses and glasses.
What is the EVO ICL?
Visian ICL was FDA approved in 2005, and EVO ICL was FDA approved in 2022. The ICL is approved for treatment of nearsightedness (myopia) and astigmatism. Made of a type of collagen material designed to work in harmony with your natural eye, the EVO ICL is soft and flexible and visually undetectable.
This lens is implanted during a short procedure at the Cornerstone Surgery Center, through a small incision using IV sedation and eye drop anesthetic. Unlike lens replacement surgery (cataract or Clear Lens Exchange) where your natural lens is removed, the ICL is implanted between your iris and natural lens. While meant to be a permanent vision correction, if over- or under correction or complications develop, or if your vision changes with time, the EVO ICL can be removed or exchanged.
Benefits of EVO ICL
For those with larger prescriptions, glasses can be heavy and are not able to provide clear vision in the peripheral. Fortunately, the EVO ICL is ideal for a prescription range between -3 to -20, beyond what can be corrected with LASIK or PRK.
Quick Recovery & Excellent Visual Results, Day & Night
99.4% surveyed would have the procedure again
Great Option For Those With Thin Corneas
UV Protection & Removable
Less Instance of Dry Eye Syndrome
The ICL is designed to be a permanent correction for nearsightedness. However, a benefit of the ICL lens is that it can be removed if the need ever arises or if your vision changes, additional correction may be performed through laser vision correction (candidacy required).
Since being approved in 2005 by the FDA, over one million ICL procedures have been performed. The soft and flexible lens is made from a bio-material called collamer which will not be rejected by the body as a foreign object or cause any reactions.
Additional benefits include a reduced risk of dry eyes when compared to LASIK, because corneal nerves are not disturbed during the procedure. The ICL also provides UV protection to the inner eye!
However, there are always risks with any surgery. Risks, although low, include infection, increased intraocular pressure, earlier onset of cataracts, among others. Your surgeon will discuss all risks with you during your exam.
One of the most significant differences in the vision correction procedures is that the ICL implant can be a great option for those patients with thin corneas who are looking at other procedures like LASIK. On the other hand, LASIK is approved to correct more visual irregularities including farsightedness and nearsightedness with or without astigmatism.
In addition, the ICL is permanent, but removable and does not cause dry eye syndrome.