The EVO ICL is an FDA-approved implantable contact lens that works with your natural eye to correct nearsightedness. This state-of-the-art eye implant is made from biocompatible collagen, which means it works with your body’s natural chemistry without being toxic to living tissue.
Dr. Shin is certified to perform the EVO ICL procedure at Montgomery Eye Physicians. Dr. Shin is also board-certified by the American Association of Ophthalmology and has extensive training in cornea, cataract, and refractive surgery.
The EVO ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) is a soft, flexible eye implant that is inserted into the posterior chamber of the eye to correct nearsightedness. Once in the eye, it is positioned behind the iris, which is the colored part of your eye, and in front of your eye’s natural lens.
The EVO ICL focuses light on the retina so that images are clear and crisp, similar to how glasses and contact lenses correct nearsightedness. Nearsightedness is a refractive error that occurs when light from far-away objects is focused in front of the retina instead of on the retina.
The EVO ICL can allow you to experience greater visual freedom with reduced dependency on visual aids such as glasses and contact lenses.
There are many reasons to choose the EVO ICL over other methods of vision correction. Here are some of the benefits of the EVO ICL:
After the EVO ICL procedure, most patients experience vision that is sharper, clearer, and more vivid than with glasses or contacts.
While the EVO ICL was created to permanently correct nearsightedness, the lens implant can be easily removed or replaced if your prescription changes.
The EVO ICL is an additive procedure that only requires a small incision to insert the implant. Most patients are back to work in as little as one day.
Since the EVO ICL was approved by the FDA in 2005, over 850,000 procedures have been completed globally. 99% of patients are satisfied with the results.
Unlike LASIK, the EVO ICL is an additive procedure that requires no removal or reshaping of corneal tissue, which helps reduce your risk of post-operative dry eye syndrome.
Long-term exposure to the sun can increase your risk of developing eye problems. The EVO ICL is made from advanced material that contains a built-in UV blocker to protect your eyes from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
The advanced technology of the EVO ICL eliminates the need for an additional laser procedure called LPI, which is required by other types of ICLs. This feature reduces the risk of complications and shortens your recovery time compared to other types of ICLs.
Refractive errors occur when the light that enters your eye does not land directly on the retina. When light is focused in front of the retina instead of on the retina, blurry distance vision can occur.
The EVO ICL helps to focus light that enters the cornea, so it can properly reach the retina. A clear image on the retina results in clear distance vision.
On the day of surgery, a small incision is made in the cornea, and the EVO ICL is inserted between the iris, the colored part of your eye, and your natural lens. Dr. Shin will place numbing eye drops in your eyes so you are comfortable.
The complete EVO ICL procedure typically takes ten minutes per eye. Most patients experience vision improvement immediately following the surgery, with an even better vision the next day.
If you have a moderate to a high degree of nearsightedness with minor astigmatism, are between the ages of twenty-one and forty-five, and are in good health, you may be an excellent candidate for the EVO ICL. Qualified candidates also have stable glasses prescriptions that haven’t fluctuated in the last year, with no history of eye diseases such as glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy.
The EVO ICL is ideal for patients who don’t qualify for LASIK. Since no corneal tissue is removed during the procedure, corneal thickness does not affect candidacy.
The best way to determine if you may be a good candidate for the EVO ICL, is to visit your eye doctor at Montgomery Eye Physicians in Montgomery, Alabama, for an evaluation.
Dr. Shin will meet with you to discuss the potential benefits, risks, and complications of the EVO ICL procedure.
Since the EVO ICL procedure is outpatient, you can leave our facility on the same day as the procedure to recover at home. The recovery after an EVO ICL procedure can vary from person to person, but generally, it is a relatively quick and straightforward process.
You will need to attend a follow-up appointment with your eye doctor within the first few days after the procedure to ensure that your eyes are healing properly.
You will also be given a set of post-operative instructions to follow, which will typically include the following:
Most people can return to work or school within a few days, but avoiding strenuous activities for at least two weeks is recommended. Your vision may be slightly blurry or hazy for the first few days, but it should gradually improve over time.
You will also need to attend several follow-up appointments with your eye doctor over the following months to monitor your progress and ensure your eyes are healing properly.
Overall, the recovery process after an EVO ICL procedure is relatively quick and straightforward, and most patients can return to their normal activities within a week or two.
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