Is the EVO ICL Worth Considering?

If you’re thinking about a vision correction procedure, there are several options to choose from. Beyond the most popular choice LASIK, you can consider several other laser eye procedures. 

One procedure that many patients love is the EVO ICL. If you’ve been told you’re not a good LASIK candidate, have dry eyes, or don’t know how you feel about a permanent procedure, the EVO ICL could be right for you.

It’s a minimally invasive way of improving your vision that’s also reversible. There’s no other procedure that gives you peace of mind by allowing you to change your mind while still providing you with incredible results. 

Most patients end up with 20/20 vision or better. Improving your vision eliminates the need for traditional visual aids like glasses and contact lenses! Keep reading to learn more about the EVO ICL and why it’s worth considering if you want to improve your vision and achieve visual freedom!

What is the EVO ICL?

The EVO ICL is a vision correction procedure that implants an additive lens, which acts like a permanent contact lens in your eye. The ICL, which stands for Implantable Collamer Lens, is a unique lens that sits inside your eye rather than on top of it. 

It functions like a contact lens, correcting your refractive error (in this case, nearsightedness and astigmatism) by changing how light refracts before it passes through your eye’s natural lens. The ICL can sit inside your eye indefinitely, permanently correcting your vision. 

It never needs to be removed or changed like a contact lens. However, you can have the EVO ICL removed if you change your mind, though most patients don’t.

The EVO ICL vs. Laser Eye Procedures

The EVO ICL differs from procedures like LASIK and PRK because it doesn’t involve reshaping your cornea with a laser. Refractive laser eye procedures like LASIK use an excimer laser and a femtosecond laser to reshape the cornea to correct refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. 

But the EVO ICL doesn’t remove any corneal tissue or permanently impact the shape of the cornea in any way. Because of this, it’s a minimally invasive procedure with a faster recovery period. 

The EVO ICL is also an alternative for patients who want LASIK but don’t have thick enough corneas. To get LASIK, you need to have corneas of a certain thickness. 

The vision correction procedure involves creating a flap in the cornea. If your cornea isn’t thick enough to accommodate this flap, you won’t qualify for LASIK, as the flap would leave you with too little cornea tissue and could cause visual problems. 

But the EVO ICL doesn’t require a corneal flap. If you’d otherwise qualify for LASIK but have thin corneas, the EVO ICL may be a great option.

Who is a Good Candidate for the EVO ICL?

To have a vision correction procedure, you should be at least 18 and have a stable prescription. You should be in good health with no other eye conditions besides a refractive error. 

To qualify as a good candidate for the EVO ICL, you need to be nearsighted with mild astigmatism. The EVO ICL cannot correct farsightedness and astigmatism over 3.00 diopters. 

It can, however, correct nearsightedness up to -23.00 diopters, which is over twice what LASIK can treat. If you’re severely nearsighted, the EVO ICL may offer the most correction of any procedure. 

If you’re a good candidate for the EVO ICL, it’s a procedure worth considering. There are considerable benefits and advantages of undergoing it, besides it being an excellent alternative to procedures like LASIK and PRK.

More Benefits of the EVO ICL

EVO ICL is the only reversible vision correction procedure. While most patients choose to keep their ICL, removing it and having your vision revert to its original state is always an option. 

LASIK and other laser procedures permanently change your vision. Although these are highly successful and effective procedures, it can still be daunting knowing you’re permanently altering your eyes. 

Knowing EVO ICL is a reversible procedure gives many patients peace of mind. You can also have it removed if you need an intraocular lens (IOL) to take its place during cataract surgery.

The ICL is also specially designed to work in natural harmony with your eye because it’s made of collamer. Collamer is a substance derived from collagen, making it highly biocompatible with your eyes. 

Patients that choose the EVO ICL have a significantly lower incidence rate of dry eyes after the procedure because of its biocompatibility with the eyes and how they function. Once it’s in your eye, you won’t be able to see or feel it, and other people will never even know it’s there. 

In addition to being made from a biocompatible material, the EVO ICL also has built-in UV protection. Damage from exposure to UV rays can cause long-term problems to your eyes, so it’s imperative to have UV protection. 

Even if you decide to get EVO ICL, you should wear sunglasses every time you go outside to protect your eyes against UVA and UVB rays from the sun. But the extra protection ensures your eyes have very little UV exposure, improving your health and keeping your vision as safe as possible.

Are you ready for your best vision ever after achieving visual freedom from glasses and contact lenses? Find out if you could be a good candidate for the EVO ICL by requesting a consultation at Williamson Eye Center in Baton Rouge, LA! 

If you want to change your life, start by improving your vision!

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