The Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) for nearsightedness and astigmatism is a refractive lens also known as a phakic IOL. “Phakic” meaning that the natural lens of the eye is in place, and “IOL” meaning intraocular lens, or a lens inside the eye. The EVO ICL is a posterior chamber implant that is introduced through a small incision in the eye and is placed behind the iris (the colored part of the eye), and in front of the natural crystalline lens in order to improve your nearsightedness and astigmatism.
EVO ICL is made of biocompatible Collamer material that works in harmony with your eye. Your eye doctor will create a small opening in your cornea that will be used to insert and position the EVO ICL. For most patients, the procedure is virtually painless with numbing drops and it typically takes less than 20 – 30 minutes. Patients typically experience improved vision right away and a quick recovery time.
Extensive research and development preceded the introduction of the ICL now over 20 years ago. It is now being enjoyed by more than 2,000,000 eyes worldwide. The satisfaction rate among patients is extremely high – above 99%. Some of the key benefits of the ICL include:
ICLs act in the same way that traditional contact lenses do. They are a good option for people with myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. Also, those that have been told they are not a candidate for laser vision correction, like LASIK or PRK, due to high prescriptions or thin corneas may still be a candidate for the ICL.
ICL can achieve results as good or better than LASIK or PRK, but unlike LASIK, the ICL is implanted inside the eye. ICL does not treat hyperopia (farsightedness). Because ICLs are removable, they do not hinder any future eye surgeries (should they be needed).
Ideal candidates for ICL implants:
If you are a candidate for ICL, our ophthalmologists may ask you to discontinue use of contact lenses for at least 2 weeks prior to your procedure. This allows your eye prescription to be read accurately so that a proper implant is calculated before surgery.
EVO Visian ICL is made of biocompatible Collamer material that works in harmony with your eye. Your eye doctor will create a small opening in your cornea that will be used to insert and position the EVO Visian ICL. For most patients, the procedure is virtually painless with numbing drops and it typically takes less than 20 – 30 minutes. Patients typically experience improved vision right away and a quick recovery time.
The ICL procedure is very quick, but someone will need to drive you home after surgery. A post-operative check is needed the day after surgery and many patients can drive themselves to this appointment. It is recommended that patients have someone available in case they are not comfortable driving yet.
While most patients experience minimal discomfort after surgery, individual cases and healing times vary. Immediately after surgery, eyes may feel sensitive, teary, or blurry for a few hours. Minimal discomfort 1-2 days after surgery is normal.
Patients can minimize discomfort by resting with their eyes closed and using prescription drops that are given by our ophthalmologists. Antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, and occasionally pressure lowering medications will promote healing in the eyes. Most patients see optimal results within a week of surgery, and the eye should be completely healed within one month.
The cost of a EVO Visian ICL procedure can vary depending on your personalized treatment plan. Many EVO Visian ICL patients look forward to spending less in the long run with the EVO Visian ICL compared to the continued costs of contacts and glasses. To make quality care accessible to everyone, Milan Eye Center offers zero-down financing options with approved credit through Wells Fargo, CareCredit, and Alphaeon. We also accept all FSA/HSA plans.