Posted by: Georgia Eye Partners in News and Updates

Do you wear contact lenses? Contacts can be an excellent alternative to glasses, but they have their own annoyances and frustrations.

However, if you want to see with crystal-clear precision without depending on contact lenses, there’s a better solution called the EVO ICL!

The EVO ICL is a vision correction procedure that’s minimally invasive while still capable of giving you 20/20 vision and complete freedom from glasses and contacts.

If you’re considering ditching your contacts for the EVO ICL, read on to learn why this vision correction procedure will change your life and your vision for the better!

What is the EVO ICL?

The EVO ICL is a procedure that implants a permanent lens in the eye, placing it behind your iris and in front of your natural lens. ICL stands for Implantable Collamer Lens.

EVO is simply short for evolution, indicating that the minimally invasive procedure is the next step in the evolution of vision correction! You’ll have the ICL implanted in your eye during a simple procedure.

The lens of the EVO ICL functions like any contact lens, correcting your refractive error by changing the way light bends through the lens. However, the main difference is that the EVO ICL sits inside your eye.

But unlike a contact lens, you never have to change the EVO ICL or remove it (unless you want to). Because, unlike other vision correction procedures, the EVO ICL is the only one that’s reversible.

Due to this, patients achieve much-needed peace of mind knowing they can remove it if they so choose. The EVO ICL is also an excellent choice for nearsighted patients and those with mild astigmatism.

However, it’s not meant for patients who are farsighted. But, if you’re severely nearsighted (up to -23.00 diopters), the EVO ICL may be the best vision correction procedure available.

For some patients, the EVO ICL is the only procedure that can correct their vision. These are only some of the incredible benefits of choosing the EVO ICL as your procedure of choice!

The Only Reversible Vision Correction Surgery

As if the EVO ICL wasn’t already a procedure to love, it’s one you can reverse. It’s the only one of its kind to offer reversibility to patients. LASIK, SMILE, and PRK are all permanent procedures because they reshape the cornea to correct refractive errors.

However, the EVO ICL is different because it does not reshape the cornea. Instead, it’s an additive lens that corrects nearsightedness and mild astigmatism in qualified candidates.

EVO ICL also doesn’t use a laser, but it can still permanently improve your vision. You can keep the EVO ICL in your eye forever or choose to remove it.

Having power over their vision puts most patients’ minds at ease, giving EVO ICL patients control over correcting their vision. But most patients are thrilled with their results and don’t want to remove the EVO ICL, choosing to keep it in their eyes for the rest of their lives.

If you’re unsure about committing to a procedure that will permanently reshape your cornea to correct your vision, the EVO ICL is the perfect solution. You can still experience the joys of visual freedom without stressing about a procedure that permanently changes your eyes.

Another great thing about having the option to remove the EVO ICL is that you can take it out for other reasons. Having this option will make future eye procedures much more manageable and put less stress on you when you’re older. Until then, you can enjoy better vision thanks to the EVO ICL!

Are you a good candidate for the EVO ICL? Find out now by taking the self-test!

Fully Biocompatible Implant

The EVO ICL is biocompatible, meaning it integrates well with the body and the natural chemistry of your eyes. The ICL is made of a material called collamer.

Collamer is a substance derived from collagen. Collagen is a protein naturally produced by the body, so your body recognizes collamer as a natural substance rather than a foreign, artificial material.

Because the EVO ICL is highly compatible, it allows the ICL to comfortably sit inside the eye without causing any potential issues like infection. Your risk of developing post-surgical side effects like dry eye is also reduced. This makes the EVO ICL an excellent choice for patients with dry eyes or those concerned about developing dry eyes after the procedure.

Minimally Invasive Procedure

Implanting the EVO ICL into your eye is a minimally invasive procedure. First, you’ll receive numbing eye drops to ensure you won’t feel any pain during it.

Then, your surgeon will create a small incision in your eye. They will insert the EVO ICL through the incision before it’s unfurled and positioned in your eye.

The EVO ICL procedure is performed on both eyes during the same day. No stitches or sutures are needed because the incision is so small and will heal independently.

You’ll need to be at least 21 years old to be considered as a candidate for the EVO ICL. Even if you aren’t a good candidate for LASIK, you may be an excellent candidate for the EVO ICL instead!

LASIK requires creating a flap in the cornea to reshape it and correct refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. But you must have thick enough corneas to make and accommodate a flap.

If your corneas are too thin, creating a flap in the cornea can become unsafe and jeopardize your vision and ability to see. However, because having the EVO ICL implanted doesn’t require creating a flap in the cornea, it’s often very well suited for patients with thin corneas.

Even if you’ve been told in the past that you aren’t a good candidate for LASIK, you may find that you’re a fantastic candidate for the EVO ICL instead. You may even like the EVO ICL more than LASIK because of its reversibility.

Easy Recovery

Because the EVO ICL is a minimally invasive vision correction procedure, it has a faster recovery than other procedures like LASIK. Unlike permanent procedures that require removing tissue from the eye, the EVO ICL is only an additive lens.

Many patients start noticing an almost immediate improvement in their vision after having the EVO ICL implanted in their eye. But more than that, you can look forward to a fast and comfortable recovery.

Before you know it, you’ll be back to the things you love while enjoying them with crisper, sharper, and more vibrant vision than you ever thought possible. Recovering after most laser eye procedures is never long and drawn out, with patients enjoying almost instantly improved vision.

But because the EVO ICL is a biocompatible additive lens and not a laser eye procedure, you don’t have to think about post-surgical dry eyes standing in the way of enjoying your new and improved vision. Instead, you’ll have minimal downtime and will be able to see like never before in hardly any time at all!

Amazing Results

The results from having the EVO ICL implanted in your eye speak for themselves. Most patients achieve 20/20 vision and can see without using other visual aids.

Because the EVO ICL can correct nearsightedness and astigmatism, it can correct most refractive errors patients have. Risks from the procedure are also minimal, mainly because the procedure is fully reversible.

The EVO ICL can help you achieve many years of incredible vision. You never have to remove it unless you choose to, but the choice is yours and yours alone.

While the EVO ICL is meant to be permanent and can give you long-lasting, clear vision, it won’t prevent age-related eye conditions. That means you’ll still develop things like cataracts and presbyopia even if you have it in your eyes.

But because it’s removable, it’s very convenient if you need cataract surgery! Cataract surgery is a prevalent procedure most people will need later in life.

It involves removing your natural lens to remove the cataract that’s formed on it. When you remove your natural lens, it’s replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL).

IOLs often correct age-related vision loss from presbyopia and other existing refractive errors. If you have the EVO ICL in your eye during cataract surgery, you can easily have it removed along with your natural lens during the procedure.

During the procedure, your surgeon will remove your EVO ICL and switch it with your chosen IOL to correct your vision. The EVO ICL can give you many years of clear, incredible, unassisted vision.

Choosing to get it now will mean more years of incredible vision you can look forward to. Could the EVO ICL be right for you?

Find out by requesting your consultation at Georgia Eye Partners in Atlanta, GA! If your best vision still awaits you, why wait any longer to experience it for yourself?

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