An Evolution in Visual Freedom™
Also known as the Implantable Collamer Lens, EVO is the new generation in vision correction. Think of it as an implantable lens that works with your natural eye to correct your vision. Our procedure creates options for a much wider range of prescriptions that can free you from glasses and contacts. EVO offers benefits which people suffering from short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism should consider.
Our Advanced Collamer Lens Material
Collamer is a proprietary material used exclusively by STAAR Surgical in EVO and other corrective lenses. This material contains collagen, which naturally occurs in your body. Collamer technology has some unique characteristics that make it an ideal material for a vision correction lens.
Collamer is a unique material that contains collagen which means the lens is made to naturally be in harmony with your eye.
Soft and Pliable
ICLs are easy to implant in the eye because of the soft and flexible structure. And they feel natural in the eye.
The unique Collamer material provides UV Protection.
Who is a Good Candidate for EVO?
- Are between 21 and 60 years old.
- Are short-sighted with mild to severe myopia (-0.5D to -20D).
- Are long-sighted with mild to severe hyperopia (+0.5D to +10.0D)
- Have astigmatism between 0.5 and 6.0 D
- Have not had a change in prescription of more than .5D in a year.
- Are looking for a procedure that doesn’t create dry eye syndrome
Easy 20-30 Minute Procedure
Pre-Op Eye Exam
Before you schedule your EVO appointment your doctor will perform a series of standard tests to measure your eye’s unique characteristics for the procedure. If you are long-sighted, your doctor may recommend or schedule an additional pre-op procedure.
Eye Drops Administered
When you arrive for your procedure your doctor will administer eye drops to dilate your pupils as well as anaesthetise your eyes.
To prepare for the implant your doctor will create one small opening at the base of your cornea to insert the EVO lens. The procedure is painless because of the numbing medication.
Lens Insertion & Positioning
The EVO lens then can be folded and inserted through the small incision your doctor has made. Once the lens is inserted the doctor will make any necessary adjustments to ensure proper positioning in the eye.
At this point the procedure is over and many will have improved vision nearly immediately. Your doctor will prescribe more eye drops intended to clean your eyes and prevent infection following the procedure. You will need someone to drive you home, your doctor will tell you when your vision allows driving.
Post Op & Check-up
Your eyes will continue to improve over the next 48 hours as they adjust and heal from the procedure. You should not rub your eyes for three to five days. Your doctor will schedule a follow up exam and tell you when you can drive, but you should be able to quickly return to your normal daily activities.
How Much Does EVO Cost?
Variable by Doctor and Region*Financing AvailableRead More
EVO costs vary depending on your prescription, location and provider. Upon consultation with an EVO doctor, they will provide you with actual costs, financing options and payment plans.
How much do glasses and contacts cost?
On Average £12,000 Over a LifetimeYour personal cost will vary.Read More
Because EVO is a long-term solution, your costs are fixed to a one-time fee. When you compare with the long-term costs of glasses and contacts, EVO pays for itself. *Based on your age (assuming 30-39 years old) and type of contact lenses and glasses. Costs are estimates provided for comparison purposes only.
What Are The Risks?
It’s important to consider that the EVO is approved by the local health authority, which means it has been determined to be safe and effective. As with any procedure, there are risks to consider. See Important Safety Information and read more about the risks below. If you have any questions or concerns it's always best to speak with a certified EVO doctor.
Over or Under Correction
The most common complication with any refractive procedure is overcorrection or under-correction. EVO physicians take every precaution to take meticulous measurements before your procedure to ensure the right amount of correction is prescribed. Because the EVO lens can be removed, adjustments can be made to reduce any sort of overcorrection or under-correction. The same risks apply to the second surgery.Read More
Risk of Infection
All surgical or refractive procedures involve some form of invasiveness, which means there is a risk of infection. While uncommon, it’s important to realise that an eye infection can have a range of results, from delayed healing to serious eye damage. We try to reduce this risk by starting with sterile products used in a minimally invasive procedure and preventative treatments administered to the affected area.Read More
Halos & Night Glare
In any refractive procedure like Lasik, PRK or EVO there is a possibility of halos and glare around lights at night.Read More
Loss of Visual Acuity
While extremely rare, all refractive procedures can result in damage to the eye including the loss of visual acuity including in most severe cases loss of functional vision.Read More
Damage to the Crystalline Lens
Since EVO is placed inside the eye, there is potential risk in touching the eye’s natural (crystalline) lens. While occurring in less than 1.5% of patients, any damage to the natural (crystalline) lens may cause an opacity (cataract) of the lens and, in the most serious case, may require removal of the cataractous natural lens and replacement of the natural (crystalline) lens with a synthetic lens. The surgical risks for IOLs are similar to ICLs.Read More
Iridotomy Complications (If Iridotomy is required)
During the iridotomy phase of the pre-op treatment a laser is used to make small incisions in the eye. Complications from this incision rarely occur but can cause natural lens or corneal damage, inflammation, increase in intraocular pressure, bleeding and scar formation. Iridotomies are not required for all lens models. Speak with your ophthalmologist to see if your lens model requires this step.Read More
Increase in Eye Pressure
In some cases, an increase in eye pressure can occur as a result of the procedure. In the event of this occurrence your doctor may quickly correct the problem with additional medication or surgical intervention. If not corrected or left untreated the increased pressure could result in loss of vision. Remember to speak with your doctor about your personal situation and considerations.Read More
Remember to speak with your doctor about your personal situation and considerations.