Get to Know the EVO ICL Procedure

Published by Lance Kugler, MD on January 23, 2024

If you’re considering vision correction surgery, you may have heard of EVO ICL procedure. But what exactly is EVO ICL, and how does it work? 

Many prospective Omaha LASIK patients know EVO surgery as one of several versions of modern LASIK surgery. Kugler Vision offers the EVO ICL as an attractive option for individuals who are not good candidates for LASIK, or who simply prefer a different type of procedure. If you have ever been told LASIK isn’t a good fit for you, it’s worth giving EVO ICL a second look.

Here’s everything you need to know if you are considering EVO ICL surgery as an alternative to LASIK.

What is EVO?

Unlike other types of vision correction surgery, EVO ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) does not involve reshaping the cornea. With EVO, the surgeon implants a small, flexible lens inside the eye to correct vision. The lens is made of a biocompatible material called Collamer, which is designed to be well-tolerated by the body.

EVO ICLs are tailored to each unique eye, so the procedure can be used to correct a variety of vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. 

How does EVO ICL work?

During the EVO ICL procedure, a surgeon makes a tiny opening in the corneal surface of the eye and inserts the implantable contact lens behind the iris, the colored part of the eye. The lens is positioned in front of the eye’s natural lens, which allows it to correct vision problems without altering the shape of the cornea.

Once in place, the EVO ICL lens works in a similar fashion to an external contact lens. The lens bends and focuses light as it enters the eye, which corrects vision problems and improves visual acuity. Unlike a traditional contact, EVO never needs to be cleaned, removed daily, repositioned or maintained in any way.

What are the benefits of EVO ICL?

EVO ICL offers several unique benefits. For one, it can correct a wider range of vision problems than other procedures. Additionally, because it does not involve reshaping the cornea, it can be a good option for people with thin corneas or other corneal abnormalities.

ICL surgery is also reversible, which means that if a patient’s vision changes or they simply desire to do something different, the lens can be easily removed or replaced.

How safe is EVO ICL?

The risks associated with EVO ICL surgery are low, and most patients experience a significant improvement in their vision almost immediately after the procedure. 

Like any surgical procedure, EVO carries minimal risk of infection, inflammation or increased pressure in the eye. These small risks can be lowered substantially by following the surgeon’s post-operative instructions and keeping up with follow-up appointments and care. Some patients may also experience glare, halos or other visual disturbances for a period of time following surgery.

Is EVO ICL right for you?

If you’re considering EVO ICL or any other type of vision correction surgery, consult with an experienced eye surgeon at Kugler Vision to determine the most appropriate option for your visual needs, lifestyle and goals. 

As modern vision correction specialists, we at Kugler Vision are committed to serving Omaha LASIK patients’ needs on the journey to a life free from visual barriers. Take the first step with a thorough eye analysis to determine if you qualify for Modern LASIK. Omaha-area patients who aren’t candidates for LASIK may be candidates for one of our 6 other advanced vision correction treatments. Book online at LASIKOmaha.com.

Lance Kugler, MD, is a specialist in LASIK and vision correction surgery and CEO of Kugler Vision. A proud Omaha native, he is passionate about improving lives through clear vision. Dr. Kugler serves on several national boards, and his practice is recognized internationally as a center of excellence. Dr. Kugler is one of the original founders of the Refractive Surgery Alliance, an international organization comprised of over 350 of the world’s leading vision correction surgeons; he also served as its first president. In 2019, Dr. Kugler was selected as a TEDx speaker, and delivered a talk in Omaha about the worldwide epidemic of nearsightedness and refractive solutions. Dr. Kugler is an Associate Professor of Refractive Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Truhlsen Eye Institute, has been published in many medical journals, and participates in numerous clinical studies to advance the field of vision correction surgery. Additionally, Dr. Kugler is proud to be a Board Certified Fellow of the World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences. Dr. Kugler and his wife are proud parents to five active kids. When he has a spare moment, he enjoys skiing, tennis, travel, and fine coffee.

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