ICL (Implantable Collagen Lens) or IMPLANTABLE CONTACT LENS:
ICL, also known as the Implantable Collamer Lens or Implantable Contact Lens, is a type of refractive procedure to help correct common visual problems like near-sightedness (myopia), astigmatism and farsightedness (hyperopia). Simply put, ICL is a removable lens implant that is an attractive alternative to LASIK and other refractive procedures.
ICL is an excellent option for patients who have a wide range of refractive errors (short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism). It is also a great option for many patients who are excluded from other forms of vision correction such a laser refractive surgery, because of their eye characteristics, such as thin corneas or dry eye.
The EVO Visian ICL is a soft, flexible lens that is positioned in your eye between the iris (coloured part of the eye) and your natural lens. EVO Visian ICL can be described as additive vision correction. Unlike other refractive procedures, the EVO Visian ICL procedure does not remove the corneal tissue or natural lens, but works in harmony with your natural eyes to provide exceptional quality of vision and allowing for natural accommodation (to be able to see both distance and near).
EVO Visian ICL is able to treat a large range of refractive errors (between -18 dioptres to +10) and astigmatism up to 6 dioptres in adult patients who are between 21 and 60 years of age.
HOW THE ICL CORRECTS YOUR VISION?
The EVO Visian ICL functions to focus light properly back onto the retina in a similar way glasses and contact lenses do. The EVO Visian ICL is placed into a space of the eye directly behind the iris (the coloured part of the eye) and in front of the natural lens. In this position, the EVO Visian ICL functions to focus light properly onto the retina helping create sharp, clear vision.
IS ICL SAFE?
Over the past 20 years, ICLs have been implanted in over 1,000,000 eyes worldwide. The EVO Visian ICL has a proven record of performance and safety. Analysis of EVO Visian ICL complications shows a very low risk of cataract formation. Eye pressure may increase temporarily in a small percentage of patients which can be managed with drops and the ICL lens size can be exchanged or removed if necessary.
AM I ELEIGIBLE FOR ICL?
EVO Visian ICL may be suitable for patients 21 years old and above who have not had a change in prescription of more than 0.5D in a year.
WHY PEOPLE CHOOSE EVO VISIAN ICL?
EVO Visian ICL offers patients sharp, clear vision, with excellent night vision. EVO Visian ICL provides quick results and often times, patients can achieve improved vision immediately following procedure. EVO Visian ICL is great for thin corneas and dry eyes and for high nearsightedness and is able to correct and reduce nearsightedness (myopia) of up to -20D.
The EVO Visian ICL procedure does not induce dry eye syndrome and EVO’s proprietary lenses are made of biocompatible Collamer. That means the lens material works in harmony with the natural chemistry of your eye and body.
The ICL is a fully removable option, so should your prescription update or if other vision needs arise, if you and your doctor decide, the surgeon can simply remove the lens.
The ICL is a quick procedure with fast recovery. Most procedures are completed within 20-30 minutes or less. With a minimally invasive procedure, many achieve improved vision nearly immediately.
Over 99% of patients say that they would have the EVO ICL procedure again.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THE PROCEDURE?
The ICL is an easy 20-30 Minute procedure.
1. Pre-Op Eye Exam:
Before you schedule your ICL appointment we will perform a series of standard tests to measure your eye’s unique characteristics for the procedure. If you are farsighted, your doctor may recommend or schedule an additional pre-op procedure.
2. Eye Drops Administered:
When you arrive for your procedure your doctor will administer eye drops to dilate your pupils as well as numb your eyes.
3. Lens Insertion:
To prepare for the implant your doctor will create one small opening at the base of your cornea to insert the EVO Visian ICL. The procedure is painless because of the numbing medication.
4. Lens Positioning:
Once the lens is inserted your doctor will make any necessary adjustments to ensure proper positioning in the eye.
5. Final Step:
At this point the procedure is over and many will have improved vision nearly immediately. Your doctor will prescribe more eye drops intended to prevent infection following the procedure.
6. Post Op & Check-up: You should return to the clinic as directed by your doctor for required follow up visits after your procedure. Follow all of your doctor’s instructions after the implantation of the EVO Visian ICL.
“Important Safety Information for EVO Visian ICL: Before considering EVO Visian ICL surgery you should have a complete eye examination and talk with your eye care professional about EVO Visian ICL surgery, especially the potential benefits, risks, and complications. You should discuss the time needed for healing after surgery.”