Is the EVO ICL Really Reversible?

When it comes to vision correction procedures, you have several options. These include LASIK and PRK. 

But there are other options like the EVO ICL for patients looking to correct their vision while changing their lives for the better. In addition to these benefits, the EVO ICL is also reversible. 

Keep reading to learn more about the EVO ICL, how it works, and what makes it a reversible procedure worth considering!  

What is the EVO ICL?

The ICL in EVO ICL stands for Implantable Collamer Lens. EVO is short for evolution, signifying that the procedure is more advanced. 

The EVO ICL procedure implants the ICL, which acts like a contact lens. However, you don’t have to remove the EVO ICL. 

Instead of sitting on top of your eye, it sits inside your eye, right over your eye’s natural lens. It doesn’t remove tissue from your cornea like LASIK or replace your natural lens to improve vision.

How the EVO ICL Works

The EVO ICL is a simple procedure. First, you’ll receive numbing eye drops to prevent feeling any pain. Next, your surgeon will create a small incision in your eye before folding up the EVO ICL and inserting it into your eye. 

Once the EVO ICL is in your eye, your surgeon will carefully unfurl it and put it in the correct position. There are no sutures or stitches needed as the incision heals. 

The EVO ICL acts as a corrective lens that improves nearsightedness and astigmatism once inside your eye. It works much like the lenses in your glasses or contact lenses by changing how light refracts through your eye, correcting refractive errors. 

However, unlike a contact lens, you never need to change the EVO ICL or remove it. But you have the option to remove the EVO ICL if you ever change your mind about it. This option is unique because the EVO ICL is the only reversible vision correction procedure. 

EVO ICL is the Only Reversible Vision Correction Procedure

One unique benefit to the EVO ICL is that you can remove it, making the procedure reversible. Having the EVO ICL removed is a simple process. 

If you decide that you’ve changed your mind and want to have the EVO ICL removed, you can. However, this is not an option with any other procedure. 

If you get LASIK or PRK, they are permanent because they reshape the cornea to correct refractive errors. However, most patients have no desire to remove the EVO ICL. But knowing you can remove the EVO ICL if you so choose gives patients much-needed peace of mind.

Other procedures, like LASIK, are permanent and are incredibly safe, and have few risks. Although correcting your vision is an excellent way to change your life for the better, some people may feel uncomfortable knowing that it can’t be reversed if they have LASIK.

There is the option for the EVO ICL to be permanent because it can safely sit inside your eye and correct your vision. But having the option to remove it at any time can bring comfort to patients. 

Being reversible isn’t the only benefit of the EVO ICL. There are more reasons to choose EVO ICL over another vision correction procedure.

What Else Sets the EVO ICL Apart?

In addition to providing you with incredible vision, it also is a minimally invasive procedure. Because the EVO ICL only implants a lens to correct your vision, it disturbs less tissue in the eye. 

The EVO ICL is also made of a material called collamer, which is derived from collagen. Collagen is a protein naturally occurring in the body, meaning the EVO ICL is biocompatible with the chemistry of the eye.

It integrates well in the eye because your body doesn’t perceive it as a foreign material. Between being biocompatible and the EVO ICL being a minimally invasive procedure, recovering after having it implanted is fast and comfortable. If you have dry eyes, the EVO ICL is an excellent choice, as there’s less risk of developing dry eyes post-procedure.

If you’re not a good candidate for LASIK because your corneas are too thin, the EVO ICL is also a great alternative. You can have thin corneas and still have EVO ICL safely, as it doesn’t require creating a corneal flap like LASIK. 

EVO ICL also corrects nearsightedness up to twice as much as LASIK can. LASIK can correct up to -11.00 diopters of nearsightedness. In contrast, EVO ICL can correct up to -23.00 diopters. For patients with extreme nearsightedness, EVO ICL may be the only effective way of correcting your vision. 

EVO ICL Candidates

Most patients who want EVO ICL are good candidates for the procedure. However, you should be between the ages of 21 and 45 years of age with a stable prescription before having the procedure. 

You also should be in good health, with no conditions affecting your ability to heal after having EVO ICL. It’s only suited for patients who are nearsighted with mild astigmatism. 

If you’re farsighted or have over 4.00 diopters of astigmatism, EVO ICL cannot correct your vision, and you may need a different vision correction procedure. However, the EVO ICL is an excellent choice for patients who would otherwise qualify for LASIK but have thin corneas. 

It’s also a great choice for anyone who wants to eliminate their dependence on glasses and contact lenses without resorting to a permanent method. EVO ICL can give you incredible vision and freedom from traditional visual aids while also giving you peace of mind, knowing the procedure doesn’t have to be permanent.

If you’re interested in EVO ICL, take the next step! Schedule your consultation at New England Eye Center in Boston, MA, now! Why wait when you could finally have the better vision you’ve always wanted?

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