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The EVO ICL by STAAR Surgical is an Implantable Collamer® Lens (ICL), also known as an Implantable Contact Lens. The EVO ICL is implanted in the eye behind the iris and in front of the natural lens to correct nearsightedness that ranges from -3.00 diopters to -20.00 diopters. Vision correction with the EVO ICL is classified as high definition vision due to the sharpness and clearness of the vision achieved.1

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What is EVO ICL?

Composed of Collamer®, a collagen copolymer, the EVO ICL is compatible with the natural chemistry of the body so there are minimal risks of lens rejection. Additionally, the EVO ICL has anti-reflective properties and provides ultraviolet protection.

Graphic showing the EVO lens itself

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The Benefits of EVO ICL

  • Quality of vision obtained2
  • Does not cause dry eye syndrome3
  • Excellent night vision4
  • Ideal for patients with thin corneas5
  • Compatibility of the implant with the body’s immune system
  • The broader treatment range for patients with myopia exceeds that of LASIK or PRK
  • No additional maintenance
  • Safe
  • Lens placement is not visible to patient
  • Removable and replaceable
  • Ultraviolet protection

Candidates for the EVO ICL Procedure

For optimal safety and best results, patients should not have a history of ophthalmic surgery or diseases such as iritis, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy. After a thorough medical examination of the eyes and an evaluation of the patient’s vision history the doctor will determine whether or not this treatment is appropriate.

Patients must meet the following requirements for the procedure:

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Patients with thin corneas or dry eyes, who are not candidates for LASIK or PRK, may be eligible for EVO ICL vision correction. EVO ICL vision correction may not be suitable for women who are pregnant or nursing or for patients with certain aspects of eye anatomy.6

Will Levis, EVO ICL patient

“I’ve always had vision, but not the best eyesight.
For me, EVO ICL changed everything.”
– Will Levis, NFL Quarterback

Meet Our EVO ICL Surgeons

Andrew D. Barfell, M.D.
Amar Shah, M.D., M.B.A.

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The EVO ICL Procedure

On the day of the EVO ICL implantation, the surgeon will numb the eyes with a topical anesthetic before making an opening at the base of the cornea to insert and position the lens. A gel-like solution will be used during the procedure to cushion and protect the eye while the lens is being placed behind the iris of the eye.

In most cases, sutures are not needed because the incision is a smaller size. Eye drops will be administered to prevent infection or inflammation during both the procedure and recovery periods. An eye patch or shield may be used for further protection and comfort after the procedure. Patients should arrange to have someone provide transportation after the procedure. In total, the entire procedure takes 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

Results and Recovery After the EVO ICL Procedure

After the EVO ICL is implanted, patients will likely only need a day or two for recovery, with little to no side effects. Noticeable vision improvement will occur almost right away. The lens remains invisible to others due to its position behind the iris.

The patient will need to return to the surgeon’s office the next day so that the results of the procedure can be evaluated. While the lens is meant to be kept in place for permanent vision correction, it can be removed if necessary. For patients over the age of 40, the EVO ICL can correct your distance vision, but may still require reading glasses for near vision. Your doctor will review your options will you.

Patients will still be able to wear reading glasses for presbyopia after this procedure as well.

Graphic showing the position of the EVO lens behind the iris

Safety of the EVO ICL Implantation

The EVO ICL procedure is not typically associated with the same complications found with either LASIK or PRK. Unlike LASIK or PRK, the EVO ICL procedure is an additive procedure that does not require removal of corneal tissue. Clear distance is achieved without permanently altering the structure of the eye. When complications do occur, they are usually mild and can be corrected by the doctor.

Patients experiencing severe eye pain or a decrease in vision should contact their surgeon immediately.

Jimmy Yang, EVO ICL patient

“Now I can play, exercise or dance, without worrying about my vision.”
– Jimmy O Yang, Comedian

Frequently Asked Questions about EVO ICL

Will I be able to see or feel the implanted lens in my eye?

No. Once the EVO ICL is implanted, it is invisible and cannot be felt in the eye. All you’ll notice is clearer vision.

Can I afford EVO ICL?

EVO ICL is considered an elective procedure, and is not covered by most of our patients’ insurance plans. Pricing varies depending on each patient’s unique needs.

Many of our patients feel that the cost of EVO ICL is well worthwhile when considered against the ongoing expenses of glasses and contact lenses. If you are interested in making this investment in your sight, we will be happy to educate you about the many financing and payment options available here at The Cincinnati Eye Institute.

Is vision correction with the EVO ICL permanent?

EVO ICL is meant to be a permanent solution offering our patients long-term clear vision. Still, a benefit of this option when compared to laser vision correction procedures is that the lens is removable and replaceable. In the very rare event that a patient’s vision needs change after implantation, we can make adjustments to make sure they achieve optimal vision.

Schedule an Appointment

To learn more about EVO ICL and whether you are a candidate, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

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3 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: PMC5505606. Available: Accessed December 3, 2021.
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6 Parkhurst GD, Psolka M, Kezirian GM. Phakic intraocular lens implantation in United States military warfighters: a retrospective analysis of early clinical outcomes of the Visian ICL. J Refract Surg. 2011 Jul;27(7):473-81. doi: 10.3928/1081597X-20110106-03. Epub 2011 Jan 17. PMID: 21243974. Available: Accessed December 3, 2021.

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