The EVO ICL Lens (Implantable Collamer Lens) is a refractive surgery that is designed to correct nearsightedness (myopia). EVO ICL offers many benefits for patients who are seeking a flexible vision correction option that can help them reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. Our experienced ICL surgeons offer vision correction with the EVO ICL in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach area.

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Advantages of the ICL

The EVO ICL Lens procedure utilizes a phakic intraocular lens, which is composed of collamer—a soft, flexible polymeric material. This is biocompatible with the collagen in the cornea, providing a comfortable vision correction solution. EVO ICL can be compared to an implantable contact lens, as it is an additive technology that does not involve removing or replacing the eye’s natural lens for improvement. The EVO ICL is folded and placed through a tiny incision (3.0mm long) between the iris (colorful part of the eye) and the natural lens.

“With the EVO ICL lens, I no longer have to deal with the daily hassles of contacts and glasses.”
– Joe Jonas

Advantages of the EVO ICL

EVO ICL—What to Expect

Preparing for Vision Correction with EVO ICL

If you are wondering which vision correction procedure is right for you, a consultation appointment with our experienced eye doctors should be your first step. We will examine your eyes and discuss your vision goals to determine if you are a candidate for EVO ICL. If you decide it is right for you, we’ll provide you with detailed pre-procedure instructions.

Your EVO ICL Procedure

Your vision correction team will answer any last minute questions, and make sure you are comfortable and get you ready for improved vision! Your eyes will be numbed with anesthetic eye drops and you will be offered an oral sedative to help you relax. The actual procedure takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

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Recovery and Results After EVO ICL

We will advise you to take it easy for the rest of the day after your procedure, but minimal recovery time is needed. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure. We will review any post-procedure instructions with you and schedule a follow-up appointment to check your progress.

You should notice vastly improved vision right after your surgery. EVO ICL is clinically proven to provide sharp, clear vision, including excellent night vision.3 After vision correction with EVO, patients can enjoy the freedom of life with less dependence on glasses or contact lenses.

“I just did the EVO eye procedure and I now have 20/20 Vision.”
– Actress Peyton List

Frequently Asked Questions About EVO ICL

See below for common questions about the EVO ICL procedure, as well as answers from our Norfolk and Virginia Beach eye doctors.

Am I a good candidate for EVO ICL?

Those between the ages of 21 and 45 who suffer from moderate to severe myopia tend to be the best candidates for EVO ICL. Patients should not have previously undergone corrective eye surgery, and they should not have a history of an ophthalmic disease such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or iritis.

What are the benefits of EVO ICL?

EVO ICL can effectively correct myopia without damaging the corneal tissue. The small incision is just large enough to fit the lens and doesn’t require any sutures. This lens is composed of the biocompatible material Collamer, which functions well with the body and doesn’t cause a reaction. Once this is placed inside the eye, you can achieve long-lasting vision improvement.

What if my vision changes?

Should your eye prescription change, EVO ICL can be replaced. You can also wear glasses or contact lenses to account for the vision change, or you may have the EVO ICL lens removed to undergo a surgical eye correction.

Can the lenses dry out or get dirty like a contact lens?

No. The EVO ICL lens doesn’t require any maintenance, though we recommend continuing to see your eye doctor once a year to monitor your eye health.

Is the EVO ICL noticeable to others?

No. The EVO lens cannot be seen by the naked eye, so no one will notice you are even wearing a corrective lens. Only your eye doctor will be able to detect the presence of a lens.

What is the EVO ICL composed of?

The lens material used in the EVO ICL procedure contains a purified collagen known as Collamer. Proprietary to STAAR Surgical Company, this material is a stable option that responds well with the body. The lens also provides a filter from ultraviolet light.

How long will the EVO ICL stay in my eye?

The EVO ICL is meant to stay in the eye without the need for additional care. If the lens needs to be removed or replaced, a trained ophthalmologist can easily do so.

Can the EVO ICL be felt once it is in place?

No. Since the lens is placed between the iris and the natural lens, patients don’t notice the sensation that a foreign object is in their eye.

Contact Virginia Eye Consultants

Want more information about EVO ICL? Schedule your consultation or call (800) 679-1541 to learn more from our friendly, knowledgeable staff.

1 Igarashi A, Kamiya K, Shimizu K, Komatsu M. Visual performance after implantable collamer lens implantation and wavefront-guided laser in situ keratomileusis for high myopia. Am J Ophthalmol. 2009 Jul;148(1):164-70.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2009.02.001. Epub 2009 Apr 17. PMID: 19375059. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19375059/. Accessed December 3, 2021
2 Ganesh S, Brar S, Pawar A. Matched population comparison of visual outcomes and patient satisfaction between 3 modalities for the correction of low to moderate myopic astigmatism. Clin Ophthalmol. 2017 Jul 3;11:1253-1263. doi: 10.2147/OPTH.S127101. PMID: 28740361; PMCID:
3 Martinez-Plazs E, Lopez-Miguel A, Lopez-De La Rosa A, et al. Effect of the EVO+ Visian Phakic Implantable Collamer Lens on Visual Performance and Quality of Vision and Life, Am J Ophthalmol 2021;226: 117–125.

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