Posted by: Manhattan LASIK Center
If you have a refractive error and need to wear glasses or contact lenses to see, why not consider a vision correction procedure? These procedures can give you the eyesight you’ve always wanted and eliminate the need to depend on visual aids.
But some people are wary of refractive laser procedures like LASIK. While LASIK and other refractive procedures are highly safe and effective, you have options! One such option?
The EVO Visian ICL is a reversible and minimally invasive vision correction procedure. Keep reading to learn more about the EVO Visian ICL and if it could be right for you!
What is the EVO Visian ICL?
The EVO Visian ICL is a procedure that uses an Implantable Collamer Lens (or ICL). The implantable collamer lens is much like a permanent contact lens.
Instead of being a contact lens you need to take out, the ICL sits inside your eye. You’ll have the EVO Visian ICL implanted into your eye, which will lay in front of your natural lens.
The EVO Visian ICL can remain in your eye indefinitely, and after insertion, nobody needs to know it’s there except for you. The EVO Visian ICL can correct nearsightedness and astigmatism, which covers most patients with refractive errors.
If you want to have it removed, you can do so at any time. Your vision will revert to how it was before you had the ICL inserted.
What to Expect During the EVO Visian ICL Procedure
Having the EVO Visian ICL implanted in your eye is quite simple. Before the procedure, your eyes are numbed with eye drops, ensuring that you don’t feel any pain during the vision correction procedure.
Your surgeon then creates a small incision in your eye. After this incision, the ICL is folded up and inserted to unfurl, where it will be positioned appropriately.
Once your surgeon makes any necessary adjustments, the EVO Visian ICL procedure is complete! It takes around twenty to thirty minutes, and you’ll have both eyes done.
The incision doesn’t need to be closed with stitches as it’s small enough to heal. The EVO Visian ICL is an outpatient procedure, meaning you’ll go home after it’s over.
You’ll need a friend or family member to drive you home as the numbing eye drops make it unsafe to operate a vehicle. The best part? You can look forward to a quick recovery and almost immediately improved vision!
EVO Visian ICL vs. LASIK
The EVO Visian ICL differs a great deal from LASIK. LASIK is a refractive laser eye procedure that changes how light refracts through your eye by permanently changing its shape using lasers.
LASIK also creates a flap in the cornea that acts as a natural bandage to protect the eye during recovery. Most people who seek LASIK make suitable candidates for surgery, but not all of them.
If your cornea isn’t thick enough to create a flap in the cornea safely, you shouldn’t have LASIK. The EVO Visian ICL doesn’t require a corneal flap, so it’s an excellent alternative to LASIK for patients with thin corneas.
The EVO Visian ICL is also great for patients who want the option of a reversible vision correction procedure. Unlike LASIK and other vision correction procedures, the EVO Visian ICL is the only reversible procedure.
It does not permanently alter the shape of your eye to correct refractive errors or remove any tissue from the cornea. Vision correction procedures are highly effective with a low risk for complications, but the permanence of LASIK can make some patients nervous.
The EVO Visian ICL doesn’t permanently alter any part of your eye. Because it’s an additive lens, it only inserts an implant.
You can have this implant removed, which can be especially helpful for patients needing cataract surgery later on, but you can also leave the EVO Visian ICL in your eye for the rest of your life. The fact that EVO Visian ICL is a reversible procedure gives many patients peace of mind.
LASIK corrects farsightedness as well as nearsightedness and astigmatism. But the EVO Visian ICL can correct nearsightedness to an even higher degree than LASIK.
LASIK can correct up to -11.00 or -12.00 D. The EVO Visian ICL can correct up to -20.00 D. If you’re highly nearsighted, the EVO Visian ICL may be the only viable option for correcting your vision.
LASIK and the EVO Visian ICL are effective vision correction procedures that can give you 20/20 vision or better. LASIK may be preferable for some patients, but the EVO Visian ICL has many benefits, even beyond those already discussed.
Other Benefits of the EVO Visian ICL
The EVO in EVO Visian ICL stands for Evolution. This is because Visian ICL is an evolution in vision correction, utilizing advanced technology to create a compelling and comfortable implant.
The EVO Visian ICL comes from a material called collamer. Collamer is a proprietary material derived from collagen. Collagen is a protein in your body that is necessary for healthy skin, bones, muscles, and more.
Because collamer is made of a material similar to components already in your body, it’s highly biocompatible. The EVO Visian ICL exists in natural harmony with the chemistry of your eye. After your eyes have healed, you won’t even be able to feel it.
Because the ICL is biocompatible with your eye’s natural chemistry, the EVO Visian ICL also causes fewer dry eye symptoms than other refractive procedures like LASIK. Without dry eyes, the healing process is both faster and more comfortable.
Remember that the EVO Visian ICL is also reversible and removable. While you may never need to have it removed, it’s helpful to know it’s an option. Those with cataracts can have the EVO Visian ICL removed before cataract surgery and have it replaced with an intraocular lens.
With so many benefits, it’s no wonder why the EVO Visian ICL is a top choice for many patients seeking vision correction. Find out if it’s right for you by scheduling your consultation at Manhattan LASIK Center in Manhattan, NY!