What Is EVO ICL? Exploring the Benefits in 2023

Are you tired of the daily hassle of glasses and contact lenses? Imagine waking up and being able to see, free of any restrictions. EVO Visian ICL is a breakthrough in vision correction technology that offers a less invasive alternative to LASIK and PRK. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of this implantable collamer lens, the procedure itself, and the life-changing experiences of real patients who have undergone the EVO ICL treatment.

Key Takeaways

  • EVO Visian ICL is an innovative lens placed just beneath the surface of the eye, designed to correct vision issues without removing corneal tissue.

  • The procedure offers to treat mild to severe nearsightedness, provides extra uv protection, and is a less invasive alternative to laser-based surgeries with immediate improvement in vision.

  • ICL surgery, since it's correcting the vision closer to the nodal point, could potentially give patients better vision then they have ever seen with glasses or contact lenses

Understanding EVO Visian ICL: The Implantable Collamer Lens

EVO Visian ICL is a refractive implant designed to treat nearsightedness (myopia) and astigmatism without the need to remove corneal tissue, making it a different option compared to corneal refractive surgery like LASIK and PRK. This innovative technology is a type of ICL surgery that works in harmony with the eye’s natural crystalline lens, eliminating in most patients the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Our doctors at LASIK San Antonio have extensive experience with implantable collamer lenses (ICL). We have been involved in clinical trials, including implantable collamer lens implantation, making us reliable and trustworthy experts in the field.

How EVO ICL Works

Constructed from biocompatible collamer material, the EVO ICL is inserted just beneath the surface of the eye. It is positioned behind the iris and in front of the eye’s crystalline lens. This strategic placement enables the correction of common vision problems such as myopia or myopic astigmatism, without the need to remove any corneal tissue.

The EVO ICL offers enhanced visual acuity, increased adaptability and customizability, and cost-effectiveness over time, making it a viable alternative to traditional contact lenses. Patients often report significant vision improvements, including 20/20 vision or better, and a swift recovery period, allowing them to quickly return to their daily activities.

Candidates for EVO ICL

Ideal candidates for EVO Visian ICL procedure are typically individuals with stable myopia and astigmatism prescriptions. If a patient has been told they are not a candidate for LASIK, because their corneas are "too thin", then this could be an option for them. When you consult with one of our LASIK San Antonio eye experts, we will help you determine if EVO Visian ICL procedure is the right choice for you.

The EVO Visian ICL Procedure: What to Expect

The EVO Visian ICL procedure is a swift, comfortable process requiring minimal preparation, a 10-minute surgery per eye, and a rapid recovery period. This quick and painless procedure allows patients to experience immediate vision improvement and return to their usual activities within a day or two.

From the comprehensive eye exam and discussion of potential risks and benefits during the initial consultation, to the actual surgery and recovery, the entire EVO Visian ICL procedure is designed to be as seamless and stress-free as possible for patients.

Some patients choose EVO Visian ICL just because it provides UV protection, I mean who doesn't like a little extra UV protection? Other people have wondered if it helps in reducing the formation of cataracts. No studies have shown this, but only time will tell.

Preparing for Surgery

Patients should follow pre-surgery guidelines provided by their surgeon for cataract surgery, including discontinuing contact lenses prior to the procedure and arranging for transportation post-surgery. We give some happy medication prior to the surgery, thus the reason for needing a driver after surgery.

During Procedure

The EVO ICL procedure is performed under local anesthesia, ensuring the patient’s comfort throughout the process. The procedure involves the following steps:

  • Dilating drops are placed in both eyes to allow room for the ICL.

  • A tiny opening is made in the cornea.

  • The lens is placed just beneath the surface of the eye.

  • The lens is positioned in place, and adjusted if needed, especially if we are correcting astigmatism. Remember, the implantable collamer lens is in front of the natural lens but behind the iris.

  • This allows for optimal vision correction.

No sutures are necessary, as the opening made during the procedure is minimal and self-healing. This further contributes to the quick and painless nature of the EVO ICL procedure, making it an attractive option for those seeking vision correction.

Post-Procedure Recovery

Recovery from EVO ICL is typically fast, with most patients experiencing the following:

  • Returning to work within 1-2 days

  • Little to no pain

  • Enjoying the benefits of improved vision

  • Resuming normal activities without significant disruption

Many patients ask, "When can I go back to work after ICL surgery?" Typically we say that the next day you are going to be light-sensitive because you are recovering from being dilated. If you are ok with that, then feel free to go back to work as long as you are not going to get water, sweat, or makeup in the eyes. We have had doctors who have the surgery themselves go back to work the next day. And other doctors who took off the next day just in case.

Key Benefits of EVO Visian ICL

EVO Visian ICL offers numerous benefits that make it a compelling choice for those considering vision correction. In addition to the UV protection, it provides excellent visual quality. In the EVO Visial ICL clinical trial almost half of the patients gained at least one line of vision, or another way to say this would be that these patients after ICL surgery had never seen as good as they did post-operatively.

Another reason patients choose this procedure is dry eye. Of all the procedures, we typically see the least amount of dryness after ICL surgery. Around 20% of patients stop wearing contacts every year because of poor vision or dryness. Typically glasses are not preferred so surgery is an option considered by these patients. ICL works great for these patients.

EVO ICL offers clear vision to many who may not have been eligible for other laser based vision correction procedures. The transformative results of EVO ICL are evident from the numerous satisfied patients who have undergone the procedure.

Vision Improvement

EVO ICL provides vision improvement almost immediately, with many patients achieving 20/20 vision or better. The significant enhancements in visual acuity contribute to high patient satisfaction and a notable improvement in their quality of life.

Furthermore, EVO ICL offers excellent night vision, a benefit not always achieved with other vision correction procedures. This advantage allows patients to experience high-definition vision both during the day and at night, providing a truly comprehensive solution for their vision needs.

Flexibility and Adjustability

The adjustable lenses of EVO ICL offer the following benefits:

  • Greater flexibility in addressing vision changes over time

  • The ability to adjust or remove the lens to accommodate changing vision needs

  • A customizable solution tailored to the individual’s needs

Long-Term Savings

EVO ICL can be a cost-effective solution in the long run, reducing or eliminating the need to purchase glasses and contact lenses. While the initial cost of the procedure may be higher than other vision correction options, the potential savings over time can make EVO ICL a wise investment in one’s vision and overall quality of life.

Comparing EVO ICL to LASIK and PRK

In comparison to LASIK and PRK, EVO ICL offers unique advantages that make it a standout option for vision correction. With no corneal tissue removal required and suitability for patients with thin corneas, EVO Visian ICL may be the procedure indicated for someone like you. Patients who have thin corneas, dry eye, high myopia, or high astigmatism can potentially have better results compared to LASIK or PRK.


The main difference between LASIK and EVO ICL is that LASIK involves two laser to reshape the cornea, while EVO ICL uses a lens just beneath the surface of the eye to correct myopia and myopic astigmatism.


The main difference between EVO ICL and PRK is that PRK involves 1 laser, and is a more painful procedure with a slower visual recovery, while EVO ICL uses a lens to correct the vision in a significantly quicker and significantly less painful way.

By offering a less invasive and more adjustable option than PRK, EVO ICL provides patients with a versatile solution for their vision needs. Sometimes patients have been so used to "feeling their contacts" and are afraid they might feel this lens, but this lens goes in a place where there are no nerves, so patients don't "feel" this lens.

Cost and Financing Options for EVO Visian ICL

The cost of EVO Visian ICL is significantly less than what you would pay for glasses and contact lenses your entire life. Having said this, the cost of EVO ICL ranges between $3500-$7000 per eye. Multiple financing options are available through any of the institutions listed below

Payment Plans and Financing

Various financing options and payment plans are available to help make EVO ICL more affordable for patients. These options can include third-party lenders like CareCredit or Alphaeon, which offer flexible payment terms and allow patients to spread the cost of their procedure over time.

Real-Life Experiences: EVO Visian ICL Testimonials

Hearing from real-life EVO Visian ICL patients can provide invaluable insights into the procedure and its outcomes. Joe Jonas, Max Straus, and many more athletes and celebrities are choosing the life-changing results of EVO ICL. Check out the video to hear Joe report remarkable vision improvement and increased freedom from the constraints of glasses and contact lenses.


In conclusion, EVO Visian ICL offers a less invasive and more flexible alternative to traditional vision correction procedures such as LASIK and PRK. With its unique benefits, including significant vision improvement, favorable early clinical outcomes, and potential long-term savings, EVO ICL has the power to change lives and provide improved vision for countless individuals. If you’re considering vision correction, EVO ICL may be the life-changing solution you’ve been searching for.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Evo ICL better than LASIK?

The EVO ICL can treat more extreme levels of nearsightedness and astigmatism than LASIK, as it does not involve any removal of the eye’s natural tissue.

​​​​​​​Therefore, EVO ICL is often a better choice for those with high myopia, dry eye, astigmatism and thin corneas.

What is Evo ICL surgery?

Evo ICL surgery is a pain-free eye surgery used to improve vision and reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses. It involves the use of a refractive lens implant to correct issues such as myopia and astigmatism, without removing any corneal tissue such as Lasik eye surgery.

Is Evo ICL permanent?

Yes, EVO ICL can be a permanent, implantable lens that offers enhanced vision without the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, this procedure is reversible. So if you really didn't like waking up and just being able to see, then we could take them out.

What vision issues can EVO ICL address?

EVO ICL can address myopia and astigmatism, including myopic astigmatism, making it a versatile vision correction option. It can be used to correct a wide range of refractive errors, from mild to severe, and can be tailored to the individual patient’s needs.

The procedure is minimally invasive and can be completed in a single visit.

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