Are you considering getting vision correction surgery? The EVO ICL surgery may be a good option for you. Read on to find out more.
What Is EVO ICL Lens?
The EVO ICL is a reflective implant that helps correct vision problems like myopia and astigmatism. The biocompatible Collamer material it is made of makes it soft and flexible—much like a contact lens.
The surgery to insert the EVO ICL is painless and does not remove any corneal tissue, unlike other corrective options. And although there is a lens in your eye, you will not be able to feel it.
“EVO ICL lens has helped me to live life to the fullest with no more hesitation. I simply wake up and go about my day.”
– Joe Jonas
EVO ICL Pros vs. Cons
An important step in vision correction is being informed. Read the pros and cons of the EVO ICL procedure to understand what you may experience.
EVO ICL Pros
- Great for those with a high prescription. Correction surgery has a limit on what it can deliver, but the ICL limits are amongst some of the highest in the industry. This makes it a great alternative for those not eligible for LASIK or PRK.
- No minimum corneal thickness is required. Unlike LASIK and PRK, ICL doesn’t require a specific corneal thickness. Even if you have thin corneas, ICL may be an option.
- Good for those with dry eyes. LASIK can exacerbate dry eyes since it affects the corneal nerves. ICL does not have the same nerve impact as LASIK.
- Can boost UV protection. An ICL lens offers ultraviolet protection to your inner eye. Although it doesn’t take away the need for sunglasses, it is an extra layer of ultraviolet light protection.
- It’s reversible. Because ICLs are a type of implant, they can be removed later on if need be. Most patients don’t need to ever have their ICL removed, but the option is always there if necessary.
EVO ICL Cons
- Age restrictions. ICL is only approved for those aged between 21 – 45.
- Can’t Correct Hyperopia. The ICL is only approved for the correction of myopia and astigmatism in the United States. Patients can travel to other countries for hyperopic correction.
The EVO ICL Procedure – What To Expect
Like most corrective procedures, the first step is scheduling an appointment to find out if it’s the right solution for you. After confirming you’re a candidate for EVO ICL, your doctor will begin creating a small opening in the cornea that’ll be used to position the implant. The procedure itself takes about 20-30 min, not including pre-op or post-op recovery.
Most patients’ experience is virtually painless due to numbing anesthesia. Typically patients who’ve had the procedure notice visual improvement almost immediately and enjoy a quick recovery. However, you’ll need to arrange transportation following your procedure as you’ll be unable to drive.
What Happens After the Procedure?
Generally, most patients will need to use some type of prescription eye drop after surgery. Your doctor will want to see you for checkups to make sure you are healing well. Generally, doctors like to see EVO ICL patients one day, one week, one month, and three months after surgery.
The Risks of EVO ICL Surgery
As with anything, there are some risks associated with ICL surgery. Risks can include the following:
- Premature Cataracts – The ICL can cause a patient to develop cataracts earlier in life. The good news is that cataract surgery is done the same way as always- and we remove both the clouded natural lens as well as the ICL.
- Changes in vision – Some ICL patients report having double vision, seeing halos, glares, or struggling to see in dimmer lighting. While these side effects are often temporary, in rare cases they may be permanent.
- Pressure – Following the surgery, you may feel like there is pressure buildup in your eyes. This is a normal sensation following most types of eye surgery and will usually go away as your eyes heal. Long-term pressure sensation in the eye following ICL surgery is highly unlikely.
- Detached retina – A complication of eye surgery can be retinal detachment. This is when the tissue behind your eye disconnects from your eye.
- Infection – If you are experiencing pain, redness, or swelling in your eyes after surgery, it could be a sign of infection. However, infection rates following ICL surgery are extremely unlikely due to the antibiotics used at the time of surgery and the antibiotic drops used after surgery.
When Should I Get ICL Surgery?
The time for ICL surgery depends primarily on the conditions you have. If you are nearsighted or have astigmatism, you may qualify for the ICL implant. If you are under 21 or over 45, however, you will not be a candidate for ICL surgery. The best way to figure out when (and if) you should get it is by scheduling a consultation.
Is ICL Surgery Permanent?
ICL surgery is permanent, but if need be, the lens can be removed and your vision will revert to what it previously was. The removal of the lens requires a second surgery. Keep in mind that removing the ICL lens may leave your vision worse than before.
Have EVO ICL Surgery with Toledo LASIK
Are you ready to get a clearer vision? Tired of wearing glasses? Then EVO ICL surgery might be a good option for you. With a flexible lens and a minimally invasive treatment, this is a popular eye procedure for those who suffer from myopia with or without astigmatism.
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