Implantable contact lens, or EVO ICL, is a type of refractive procedure where a biocompatible lens is added in front of the eye’s natural lens, behind the iris, to provide clear, sharp vision both day and night. This procedure is excellent for a large range of nearsighted vision correction with or without astigmatism.
Even people who have been told they were not a candidate for laser vision correction may be a candidate for EVO.
Dr Feinerman was the first surgeon in California to implant the EVO ICL after FDA approval.
It all starts with a comprehensive eye exam and consultation with Dr. Feinerman where he describes the procedure in detail and answers any questions you may have. Dr. Feinerman will review and discuss your individual situation and determine the best treatment plan.
Our staff ensures you are reclined and comfortable. The EVO ICL procedure—performed by Dr. Feinerman—is generally painless and takes only about 10-15 minutes per eye. Patients generally recover very quickly following treatment (within a few hours).
After the procedure, Dr. Feinerman personally calls his patients to ensure they are doing well and to address any questions. During your actual in-person post-op visit, Dr. Feinerman will perform a final examination to ensure recovery is complete.
With over 2 million ICLs implanted worldwide and a 99.4% patient satisfaction rate, EVO is a great choice for many patients.
EVO ICL does not cause dry eyes, unlike LASIK and PRK that can cause some dry eye symptoms after the procedure. Other benefits of EVO ICL are the quick procedure and recovery times, excellent night vision, and UV protection. The lens is also invisible to the naked eye.
EVO ICL can also be done on patients whose corneas are too thin for LASIK or PRK.
What really sets the EVO ICL apart from other vision correction procedures is that it’s reversible. Although very unlikely, if your vision changes in the future, the ICL can be easily removed and replaced.
EVO ICL is an Implantable Collamer™ Lens that corrects common vision problems such as nearsightedness (myopia) and astigmatism. Collamer is a biocompatible material that works in harmony with the eye. The lens, which is slightly smaller than a typical contact lens, is implanted in the eye during a 20 to 30-minute procedure. Unlike laser vision correction surgeries that permanently change the shape of your cornea, the EVO ICL procedure is additive, meaning that no corneal tissue is removed. Worldwide, more than 2 million EVO ICL lenses have been implanted.
EVO ICL offers many benefits for patients who are candidates for the ICL procedure and are seeking a vision solution that allows them the freedom of less dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The advantages of EVO ICL include:
People who want a flexible and biocompatible vision correction option, as well as many patients who are not candidates for laser vision correction, find that EVO ICL is the right procedure for them.
Ideal candidates for EVO ICL:
Vision correction with the EVO ICL is an outpatient procedure that typically takes 20 to 30 minutes. After an initial exam with your ophthalmologist to determine that the EVO ICL is right for you, you will schedule your procedure. On the day of the procedure, your eyes will be numbed with an anesthetic eye drop and your refractive surgeon will implant the ICL between the iris (colored part of the eye) and the natural lens. Your surgeon will likely schedule a follow-up appointment the same day as the procedure.
Yes; the EVO ICL is intended to provide permanent vision correction, but it can be removed or upgraded by your surgeon.
No, patients should not feel the lens as it does not adhere to any structures within the eye and does not move once in place.
No, the EVO lens is placed behind your iris where only your eye doctor will be able to detect it.
Any medical procedure has certain risks associated with it. Potential complications of the EVO ICL procedure, although rare, include inflammation, an increase in eye pressure, or the need for an additional procedure, like an ICL exchange. While these potential risks are mitigated as much as possible, they can all typically be addressed early and without long-term side effects.
Important Safety Information
The EVO ICL lens is intended to correct/reduce nearsightedness between -3.0 D up to -20.0 D and treat astigmatism from 1.0 D to 4.0 D. If you have nearsightedness within these ranges, EVO ICL surgery may improve your distance vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses. Because the EVO ICL corrects for distance vision, it does not eliminate the need for reading glasses, you may require them at some point, even if you have never worn them before. Since implantation of the EVO ICL is a surgical procedure, before considering EVO ICL surgery you should have a complete eye examination and talk with your eye care professional about EVO ICL surgery, especially the potential benefits, risks, and complications. You should discuss the time needed for healing after surgery. Complications, although rare, may include need for additional surgical procedures, inflammation, loss of cells from the back surface of the cornea, increase in eye pressure, and cataracts. You should NOT have EVO ICL surgery if your doctor determines that 1) the shape of your eye is not appropriate, 2) you do not meet the minimum endothelial cell density for your age at the time of implantation, 3) you have moderate to severe glaucoma, 4) your vision is not stable; or 5) if you are pregnant or nursing.
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