Easy 20–30 Minute Procedure
A quick, painless same-day surgery to help you achieve better vision.
Pre-Op Eye Exam
Before you schedule your EVO ICL procedure your doctor will perform a series of standard tests to measure your eye’s unique characteristics for the procedure. Once your doctor determines that the EVO ICL is a good option for you, they will educate you about the procedure and what to expect both during and after the procedure.
Getting Your EVO ICLs
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 ICL lens. The procedure is painless because of the numbing medication.
Lens Insertion & Positioning
The EVO ICL 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 patients will have improved vision nearly immediately. Your doctor will prescribe more eye drops intended to aid in the healing process following the procedure. You will need someone to drive you home. Your doctor will tell you when your vision allows driving.
How much does the EVO ICL procedure cost? Is it more expensive than LASIK?
EVO ICL and LASIK costs vary depending on various factors that may include your prescription, location and provider. Upon consultation with a EVO ICL doctor, they will provide you with your specific cost, financing options and payment plans.
On Average, contact lenses cost £10,000 Over a Lifetime.* Your personal cost will vary.
Because EVO ICL is a long-term solution, your procedure costs are generally fixed to a one-time fee. When you compare with the long-term costs of contact lenses, EVO ICL typically pays for itself.
*Popular daily disposable contacts, on average, cost about £500 a year. So over 20 years, a patient will spend £10,000 on contact lenses.
Who is a Good Candidate for EVO ICL?
EVO ICL Candidates
- Are between the ages of 21 and 60 years.
- 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
Real Life Stories From Real Life Patients
The thing that I love about ICLs is that they are putting a lens in there that can be removed.
Jennifer Puno, Web Designer
I feel like a big part of health is using what your body already has. ICLs is in line with that because it’s keeping your eye completely intact. My eye is still my eye.
Eve Torres Gracie, Jiu Jitsu Instructor
I would never be able to just wake up and go, and now I can literally just roll out of bed and go straight to the farmers market.
Sara Tso, Chef
There’s a few big road blocks to having glasses and being a photographer. Now I’ve got ICLs and I can run out and live my life unhindered.
Andrew Oxenham, Photographer
I had my first opportunity to put my ICLs eyes to the test recently in the Amazon rainforest, and it couldn't have been more exciting to be able to spot rare species better than ever.
Phil Torres, Entomologist, TV Show Host
Of people surveyed would have the procedure again¹
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Important Safety Information
The ICL is designed for the correction/reduction of myopia in adults, 21 to 60 years of age, ranging from -0.5 D to -20.0 D with or without astigmatism up to 6.0 D and the correction/reduction of hyperopia in adults, from 21 to 45 years of age, with hyperopia ranging from +0.5 D to +16.0 D with or without astigmatism up to 6.0 D. In order to be sure that your surgeon will use a ICL with the most adequate power for your eye, your nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism should be stable for at least a year before undergoing eye surgery. ICL surgery may improve your vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses. ICL surgery does not eliminate the need for reading glasses, even if you have never worn them before. ICL represents an alternative to other refractive surgeries including, laser assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), incisional surgeries, or other means to correct your vision such as contact lenses and eye glasses. Implantation of an ICL is a surgical procedure, and as such, carries potentially serious risks. The following represent potential complications/adverse reactions reported in conjunction with refractive surgery in general: additional surgeries, cataract formation, loss of best corrected vision, raised pressure inside the eye, loss of cells on the innermost surface of the cornea, conjunctival irritation, acute corneal swelling, persistent corneal swelling, endophthalmitis (total eye infection), significant glare and/or halos around lights, hyphaema (blood in the eye), hypopyon (pus in the eye), eye infection, ICL dislocation, macular oedema, non-reactive pupil, pupillary block glaucoma, severe inflammation of the eye, iritis, uveitis, vitreous loss and corneal transplant. Before considering ICL surgery you should have a complete eye examination and talk with your eye care professional about ICL surgery, especially the potential benefits, risks, and complications. You should discuss the time needed for healing after surgery.
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1. Patient Survey, STAAR Surgical ICL Data Registry, 2018
2. Sanders D. Vukich JA. Comparison of implantable collamer lens (ICL) and laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for Low Myopia. Cornea. 2006 Dec; 25(10):1139-46. Patient Survey, STAAR Surgical ICL Data Registry, 2018
3. Naves, J.S. Carracedo, G. Cacho-Babillo, I. Diadenosine Nucleotid Measurements as Dry-Eye Score in Patients After LASIK and ICL Surgery. Presented at American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) 2012.
4. Shoja, MR. Besharati, MR. Dry eye after LASIK for myopia: Incidence and risk factors. European Journal of Ophthalmology. 2007; 17(1): pp. 1-6.
5a. Lee, Jae Bum et al. Comparison of tear secretion and tear film instability after photorefractive keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis. Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery , Volume 26 , Issue 9 , 1326 - 1331.
5b. Parkhurst, G. Psolka, M. Kezirian, G. Phakic intraocular lens implantantion in United States military warfighters: A retrospective analysis of early clinical outcomes of the Visian ICL. J Refract Surg. 2011;27(7):473-481.