Implantable collamer lenses (sometimes called implantable contact lenses) are growing in popularity, and the procedure can provide significant vision improvements to qualified patients.
EVO Visian ICL – A Permanent Alternative to Contact Lenses
Eyesight Associates offers permanent vision improvement to patients with moderate to severe myopia through EVO Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens). During the quick procedure, your ophthalmologist surgically implants a thin, flexible contact lens into each eye, delivering clear vision night or day without the need for added correction. Myopia patients with and without astigmatism can benefit from this procedure indefinitely.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Implantable Contact Lenses?
When vision correction procedures like LASIK or PRK are not an option, patients can speak with the professionals at Eyesight Associates to determine if an ICL procedure is a viable option. EVO Visian ICL is 99% effective for myopic patients between the ages of 21-45 who do or do not have:
- Irregular or thin corneas
- Dry eye syndrome
Benefits of ICLs
Myopia patients with or without astigmatism can say goodbye to corrective lenses thanks to EVO Visian ICL at Eyesight Associates. Benefits of implantable contact lenses include:
- Added UV protection
- Immediate results
- Improved vision at night
- No threat of dry eye syndrome development
- Removable if necessary
- Significant eyesight correction
- Success for many candidates who may not qualify for other corrective procedures
What to Expect During and After the ICL Procedure
Implantable Contact Lens procedures last roughly 30 minutes at Eyesight Associates, and patients can notice results right away.
- Eyedrops – Your ophthalmologist will administer numbing drops to your eyes to ensure a comfortable, painless procedure.
- Incision – Your ophthalmologist will make a small, careful incision in the cornea to prepare for lens placement.
- ICL – Your lens will be placed into the incision and correctly positioned within the cornea.
- Final steps – Your ophthalmologist will complete the procedure and monitor your recovery for a few hours.
After the Procedure
You can expect to administer eye drops within the first two weeks following surgery and may experience discomfort in the first few days. Results of the procedure are immediate, and you will quickly notice vision improvement. Many patients report better vision than they ever had with glasses or traditional contacts.
You will experience some glare early after the procedure, but this fades with time.
Your ophthalmologist will arrange several visits throughout the first year following lens implantation to ensure your procedure was successful.
In the first year, you will meet with your doctor:
- The day after the procedure
- One month later
- Six months later
After your first year, you will meet with your ophthalmologist annually for routine checkups.