Our goal at Kovach Eye Institute in Chicago is to provide each patient with fully customized vision correction, specifically tailored to their unique needs, goals, and lifestyle. One option we are especially excited to offer is the EVO Visian ICL Lens. The EVO Visian ICL is an innovation in vision correction that can help patients achieve significantly improved vision even if they are not candidates for other procedures like LASIK because they have thin corneas.1
- What is EVO Visian ICL?
- Benefits of EVO Visian ICL
- Who is a Candidate for EVO Visian ICL?
- Preparing for EVO Visian ICL
- The EVO Visian ICL Procedure
- EVO Visian ICL Recovery and Results
- Frequently Asked Questions About EVO Visian ICL
What is EVO Visian ICL?
The EVO Visian is a very thin Implantable Collamer® Lens implant that works in harmony with the human eye. This lens is implanted into the eye to correct common refractive errors like nearsightedness (myopia) and astigmatism without the removal of corneal tissue. The EVO Visian ICL is a good option for patients who may not qualify for LASIK or PRK because they have thinner corneas or severe myopia. This lens is also removable, provides the eye with UV protection, and allows our patients to enjoy significantly improved vision, often without the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.2
The ICL was first introduced in 1997, and the technology has evolved since then. To date, more than 1 million EVO Visian ICL lenses have already been implanted across the globe.
Benefits of EVO Visian ICL
Our patients derive so many benefits from the EVO Visian ICL, including:
- Clear, sharp vision3
- Effective treatment of nearsightedness (myopia) and astigmatism
- A fast, comfortable procedure
- Short recovery time
- Works in harmony with the natural eye, 100% biocompatible
- Reversible if needed
- Built-in UV protection
- No permanent changes to the eye’s structure
- Suitable for patients with thin corneas4
- Does not cause dry eye syndrome, like other refractive surgeries might5
- Excellent night vision6
Who is a Candidate for EVO Visian ICL?
To learn whether you may be a candidate for vision correction with EVO Visian ICL, meet with one of our ophthalmologists for a brief consultation. Ideal candidates:
- Are between the ages of 21 and 45
- Have nearsightedness or astigmatism
- Have not had a vision prescription change in the last year
- Are ready to enjoy visual freedom with reduced or even eliminated need for glasses or contacts
Preparing for EVO Visian ICL
The key to preparing to improve your vision with EVO Visian ICL is to attend a consultation with a Chicagoland eye doctor at Kovach Eye Institute. During this appointment, you’ll undergo an eye examination and learn more about the EVO Visian ICL. If this is the right vision correction option for you, you will be given detailed instructions for the preparation and recovery periods.
The EVO Visian ICL Procedure
The EVO Visian ICL implantation procedure takes only about 20-30 minutes.
To begin, you will recline in a comfortable treatment chair while anesthetic eye drops are administered to numb your eyes, and you will be offered an oral sedative to help you relax. Your eye doctor will put a device in place to gently hold your eyes open so you won’t be concerned about blinking.
Once your comfort is ensured, your ophthalmologist will create a small opening, then insert the Implantable Collamer Lens and ensure it is positioned correctly.
You’ll spend a little time recovering at our surgery center, then you will be released to be driven home by a family member or friend.
EVO Visian ICL Recovery and Results
Little downtime is needed after the EVO Visian ICL procedure: many of our patients return to work within 24 hours. One of the best things about the EVO Visian ICL is that patients notice an improvement in their vision nearly immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions About EVO Visian ICL
How is EVO Visian ICL different from LASIK and PRK?
Laser refractive surgeries such as LASIK and PRK work by altering the shape of the cornea to improve nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Thanks to advances in technology, EVO Visian ICL allows us to improve patients’ vision without removing corneal tissue. This is why the EVO Visian ICL is a particularly appealing option to our patients who may not be candidates for LASIK or PRK. Additionally, because no changes are made to the structure of the cornea during EVO Visian ICL implantation, the lens can be removed should a patient’s vision needs change down the road.
Will insurance cover vision correction with EVO Visian ICL?
Vision correction with EVO Visian ICL is an elective procedure, which means it is rarely eligible for coverage by medical insurance.
How much does EVO Visian ICL cost?
When you come in for your EVO Visian ICL consultation, we will go over pricing. We believe that everyone deserves visual freedom without letting financial concerns get in the way, so we offer payment and financing options.
Will I be able to feel the lens in my eye?
No. Unlike a contact lens that sits on the surface of the eye, once the EVO Visian ICL is in place, it doesn’t interact with other structures in the eye. You won’t feel it at all.
Will others be able to see my EVO Visian ICL lens?
Because the EVO Visian ICL is placed behind the parts of the eye that can be seen by other people.
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