Vision correction procedures are an increasingly popular alternative to traditional visual aids like contact lenses and glasses. A vision correction procedure can give you total freedom from glasses and contact lenses if you have a refractive error. 

But there are several kinds of vision correction procedures to choose from, making it challenging to know which one is right for you. One great and sometimes overlooked option is the EVO ICL. 

This vision correction procedure is unique and has many advantages over other procedures. It may be perfect for you! 

Keep reading to learn more about the EVO ICL, what makes it unique, and what a good EVO ICL candidate looks like!

What is the EVO ICL?

EVO ICL is a minimally invasive procedure that implants an additive lens inside your eye. The EVO ICL is placed behind the iris and in front of the natural lens. 

This lens is called an ICL or Implantable Collamer Lens. It functions like a permanent contact lens by changing how light refracts before it passes through your natural lens to correct a refractive error. 

The EVO ICL can only correct nearsightedness and astigmatism. The ICL is made from collamer. Collamer is a material that’s closely related to collagen. 

Collagen is a protein your body naturally produces, so your body recognizes collamer as part of your body rather than a foreign substance. This makes the ICL highly biocompatible and helps it integrate with the rest of the eye. 

After your eyes heal from the EVO ICL procedure, you won’t be able to feel the lens in your eye. It’s also virtually invisible to others. But the best part is that you’ll have better vision than when you depended on glasses and contact lenses to see! 

EVO ICL Vs. Refractive Laser Eye Procedures

When most people think of vision correction procedures, they think of LASIK. LASIK is one of several refractive laser eye procedures. 

These procedures use lasers to reshape the eye, removing corneal tissue to correct how light refracts through the eye. While refractive procedures are minimally invasive, the EVO ICL takes it a step further. 

The EVO ICL is less invasive than LASIK because it doesn’t remove any tissue from the cornea. That means recovery is faster, and the procedure has a lower chance of inducing dry eye as you heal. 

Unlike LASIK, the EVO ICL can only correct astigmatism and nearsightedness. LASIK can correct all refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. 

However, EVO ICL can correct twice as much nearsightedness as LASIK. LASIK can only correct -11.00 diopters, but the EVO ICL can correct up to -23.0 diopters. If you’re severely nearsighted, the EVO ICL may be the only procedure to correct your vision completely.

EVO ICL Benefits

The EVO ICL is less invasive than other vision correction surgeries, allowing it to produce incredible results. Most patients achieve 20/20 vision or better without needing glasses or contact lenses. 

The procedure helps patients see better than glasses or contact lenses ever could and even helps patients see better at night. If you want to achieve crisp, clear vision, the EVO ICL can help you get there!

But that isn’t all because the EVO ICL has built-in UV filtering, protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays from the sun. EVO ICL patients should still use sunglasses, but the extra protection will help your eyes stay healthy and lower your risk for eye disease caused by UV damage. 

Like Having a “Permanent Contact Lens”

The EVO ICL functions like a permanent contact lens. It changing how light refracts before it passes through your natural lens, which corrects the refractive error causing poor vision. 

It’s a Reversible Procedure

Then there’s the feature that many find most appealing about EVO ICL. The EVO ICL is the only reversible vision correction procedure

The option to remove the EVO ICL provides patients with much-needed peace of mind, but you can remove it anytime. You don’t need to remove it; it will safely sit inside your eye, likely for the rest of your life. 

Knowing this will give you the knowledge that your vision will be the best it’s ever been, but on your terms. Looking at the world in crisp clarity is never better when you don’t have to deal with visual aids to hold you back. 

If you happen to change your mind, you can always have the EVO ICL removed. You can also remove the EVO ICL if you need to have an IOL put in place during cataract surgery or RLE.

EVO ICL can give you fantastic vision for many years, but knowing it won’t prevent age-related vision loss is essential. Even if you get the EVO ICL, you’ll still develop cataracts, presbyopia, or other age-related eye conditions. 

But since it’s reversible, it can ease the transition into an IOL that can better correct age-related vision loss. When you get older and develop cataracts or presbyopia, you can replace your ICL with an IOL.

An IOL, or intraocular lens, replaces the eye’s natural lens and is used to correct presbyopia and can treat cataracts. When you get an IOL for cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange, your surgeon can easily remove your ICL as the IOL can replace its function. 

EVO ICL Candidates

There are so many benefits to choosing the EVO ICL. So is it for you? 

If it sounds appealing, there’s a good chance it may be right for you! You must be between 21 and 45, have a stable prescription that’s remained unchanged for a year or more, and meet other qualifications. But the only way to find out is to schedule an evaluation for the procedure. 

Are you ready to find out if you’re a good candidate for the EVO ICL? Take the first step by scheduling your consultation at Loden Vision Centers in Nashville, TN, today! Isn’t it time to find out if better vision could be waiting for you?