Posted by: Manhattan LASIK Center

Refractive laser eye procedures were the first vision correction procedures ever invented. It started with PRK, a procedure still offered today.

LASIK was the next step in vision correction procedures, revolutionizing these procedures by making LASIK less invasive. But today, there is now a vision correction option that isn’t a refractive procedure.

It doesn’t use a laser or remove tissue from the cornea, meaning it’s even less invasive than LASIK. This is the next step in the evolution of vision correction: the EVO ICL. Keep reading to discover why the EVO ICL is the evolution of vision correction!

What is the EVO ICL?

The EVO ICL is an additive lens implant. ICL stands for “Implantable Collamer Lens.”

EVO is simply short for evolution, as this revolutionary procedure is the next step in the evolution of vision correction. Traditional vision correction procedures, usually refractive laser eye procedures, correct a patient’s vision by reshaping the cornea with a laser to correct its shape.

This corrects refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. EVO ICL, in comparison, can correct both nearsightedness and astigmatism without removing any corneal tissue or changing the shape of the eye.

Instead, you’ll have an additive lens placed inside the eye, functioning much like a contact lens would. The EVO ICL changes how light refracts before passing through the natural lens.

Unlike contact lenses, you never need to remove or change the EVO ICL. The EVO ICL is also highly biocompatible, as it’s made from a biocompatible material called collamer derived from collagen.

Your body naturally produces collagen, so your immune system recognizes the EVO ICL as a part of the eye rather than a foreign object. Unlike contact lenses, which dry out your eyes and require maintenance, the EVO ICL stays inside your eye without causing any irritation.

How Does the EVO ICL Work?

You’ll have the EVO ICL implanted in your eye during an outpatient procedure at Manhattan LASIK Center. It only takes a few minutes to complete.

After numbing the eyes with eye drops, your surgeon will create a tiny incision in your eye to access the chamber between your natural lens and iris. They will then fold up the EVO ICL and insert it through the incision, where it unfurls before positioning it inside this chamber.

No stitches or sutures are needed because the incision is small enough to heal on its own. You don’t have to worry about a lengthy recovery period, with little discomfort after the procedure.

Most patients can see results almost instantly. Once the EVO ICL is implanted in your eye, you’ll start experiencing better vision!

What are the Benefits of Upgrading Your Vision with EVO ICL?

The EVO ICL can correct your nearsightedness and astigmatism, allowing you to see without glasses or contact lenses. EVO ICL can correct nearsightedness exceptionally well, up to -23.00 diopters.

That’s impressive because it’s over twice as much as LASIK can correct! The toric version of the EVO ICL can also correct astigmatism to a large degree.

In addition to the EVO ICL being highly biocompatible, it also lowers the risk of dry eye. The EVO ICL reduces your risk of dry eye after the procedure because the EVO ICL is in natural harmony with your eye, and implanting it in your eye is minimally invasive.

You’re less likely to develop dry eye with the EVO ICL after having it implanted in your eye because it does not disturb corneal tissue. You don’t have to worry about corneal tissue being removed, which can contribute to dry eyes during recovery from procedures like LASIK.

EVO ICL is often an excellent choice if you’re a patient with dry eyes who is not a good candidate for LASIK because of them.

The EVO ICL also provides patients with excellent night vision. One of the issues that many patients run into after refractive procedures is poor night vision. Patients with large pupils may suffer from visual aberrations at night after surgery.

However, the EVO ICL doesn’t have this issue and provides better vision both during the day and at night. It even has built-in UV filtering to give your eyes an extra barrier against harmful UV rays.

But one thing that genuinely makes the EVO ICL unique is that it’s the only reversible vision correction procedure. Refractive laser eye procedures like LASIK and PRK permanently change the shape of your cornea, making them permanent.

In comparison, the EVO ICL is different because you can always remove it. The EVO ICL is meant to be permanent and can safely stay inside the eye indefinitely, but you can remove it if you ever change your mind about the procedure.

While most patients never want to remove the EVO ICL, knowing they have the option makes this vision correction procedure much less daunting than procedures like LASIK. Permanently changing anything about your body can be nerve-wracking. But with EVO ICL, you can have peace of mind.

Who is a Candidate for EVO ICL?

Qualified candidates for the EVO ICL must be between 21 and 45. You also need a stable prescription that’s remained unchanged for a year or more. Suitable candidates should also be healthy and not currently pregnant or nursing.

If you’ve been told that you don’t qualify for LASIK because your corneas are too thin, you may be an excellent EVO ICL candidate. Because the procedure doesn’t create a flap in the cornea, it’s often a better fit for patients with thinner corneas.

Are you ready to change your life and your vision? It all starts with a consultation at Manhattan LASIK Center in Manhattan, NY. Why wait when better vision could be yours this year?