Intro

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 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 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 ICLs

When you arrive for your procedure your doctor will administer eye drops to dilate your pupils as well as anesthetize your eyes.

Small Opening

To prepare for the implant your doctor will create one small opening at the base of your cornea to insert the ICL lens. The procedure is painless because of the numbing medication.

Lens Insertion & Positioning

The 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.

Returning Home

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.

Cost blocks

How much does the ICL procedure cost? Is it more expensive than LASIK?

ICL and LASIK costs vary depending on various factors that may include your prescription, location and provider. Upon consultation with an ICL doctor, they will provide you with your specific cost, financing options and payment plans.

On average, contact lenses cost $12,000 over a lifetime.* Your personal cost will vary.

Because 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, ICL typically pays for itself.

*Popular daily disposable contacts, on average, cost about $600 a year. So over 20 years, a patient will spend $12,000 on contact lenses.

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Who is a Good Candidate for ICL?

ICL Candidates

  • Are between 21 and 45 years old.
  • Are nearsighted with mild to severe myopia (-3D to -20D).
  • 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. ICL 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 farmer's market.

Sara Tso, Chef

There’s a few big road blocks to having glasses and being a photographer. Now I’ve got ICL and I can run out and live my life unhindered.

Andrew Oxenham, Photographer

I had my first opportunity to put my ICL 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

2 Million+

Lenses Distributed

99.4%

Of people surveyed would have the procedure again¹

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Important Safety Information

EVO & EVO TICL is designed for the correction of moderate to high near-sightedness (-0.5 to -18.0 dioptres (D)) and the reduction of near-sightedness in patients with up to -18 dioptres (D) of near-sightedness with less than or equal to 6.0 dioptres (D) of astigmatism. It is indicated for patients who are 21 to 60 years of age. In order to be sure that your surgeon will use a EVO with the most adequate power for your eye, your near-sightedness should be stable for at least a year before undergoing eye surgery. EVO surgery has been documented to safely and effectively correct near-sightedness between -0.5 dioptres (D) to -18.0 dioptres (D) and partially correct near-sightedness up to -18 dioptres in eyes with up to 6.0(D) of astigmatism. If you have near-sightedness within these ranges, EVO surgery may improve your distance vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses. EVO surgery does not eliminate the need for reading glasses, even if you have never worn them before. The EVO represents an alternative to other refractive surgeries including, laser assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), incisional surgeries, or other means to correct myopia such as contact lenses and eye glasses. EVO is not intended to correct any astigmatism you may have. Implantation of the EVO is a surgical procedure, and as such, carries potentially serious risks. Please discuss the risks with your eye care provider. The following represent potential complications/adverse events reported in conjunction with refractive surgery in general: 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, EVO Visian ICL dislocation, macular oedema, non-reactive pupil, pupillary block glaucoma, severe inflammation of the eye, iritis, uveitis, vitreous loss and corneal transplant. Before considering EVO surgery you should have a complete eye examination and talk with your eye care professional about EVO surgery, especially the potential benefits, risks and complications. You should discuss the time needed for healing after surgery.

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References

1Patient Survey, STAAR Surgical ICL Data Registry, 2018

2Sanders 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.

3Naves, 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.

4Shoja, MR. Besharati, MR. Dry eye after LASIK for myopia: Incidence and risk factors. European Journal of Ophthalmology. 2007; 17(1): pp. 1-6.

5aLee, 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.

5bParkhurst, 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.

*American Refractive Surgery Council