Eye Center of Texas is proud to offer our patients the EVO Visian ICL and Toric ICL procedures in Houston. Both are game-changing, breakthrough procedures that are designed to treat myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. But what are the differences between EVO Visian ICL and Toric ICL, and how do I know if I’m a candidate for these new vision correction surgeries?
The eye surgeons at Eye Center of Texas are here to explain the differences between these minimally invasive, cutting-edge procedures, and tell you if you might be eligible to break free from contact lenses and glasses with an ICL implant.
What is EVO Visian ICL?
EVO Visian ICL received FDA approval in 2022 as a safe and effective treatment for myopia with and without astigmatism. The procedure has been available overseas for years and is clinically proven to correct vision problems like nearsightedness (myopia) and astigmatism.
The half-hour, outpatient procedure is minimally invasive. The surgeon implants a biocompatible, flexible Collamer® lens into the eye between the natural lens and iris, allowing the implant to work in harmony with your natural eye, without the removal of any corneal tissue.
Crystal clear vision, excellent night vision, and UV protection are all available without the removal of tissue from the eye — and the procedure is completely reversible. Unlike other vision correction surgeries, the lens is completely removable. Because the procedure involves the addition of a lens, as opposed to the removal of your cornea, you can easily replace the lens should you ever have eye complications that require surgery.
Our very own Dr. Edward C. Wade is the first eye surgeon in Houston, and one of the first surgeons in the state, to offer the EVO Visian ICL procedure. Eye Center of Texas is proud to be at the forefront of innovation. We also have Dr. Yasir Ahmed, one of the first surgeons in Houston to offer the EVO Visian Toric ICL procedure.
What is Toric ICL?
EVO Visian Toric ICL is a version of the EVO Visian ICL procedure that provides eye surgeons with a new tool for treating more advanced cases of myopic astigmatism. Toric ICL treats myopia and astigmatism at the same time and eliminates the standard of correcting the two with separate procedures, which can be costly and time-consuming.
Toric lenses are soft, pliable lenses that have different strengths at different meridians, and allow the lens to rotate and reorient themselves on the cornea. Similar to EVO Visian ICL, the lens is completely replaceable, so should your vision change meaningfully, your eye surgeon can replace the Collamer® lens with minimal discomfort and downtime.
Dr. Yasir Ahmed is one of the first surgeons in the state to offer the Toric ICL procedure in Houston. If you have been searching for vision solutions and are not a good candidate for LASIK due to thin corneas or severe astigmatism, Toric ICL might be the procedure for you.
Benefits of EVO Visian ICL and Toric ICL
Both procedures are low risk, minimally invasive, and are long-term solutions for vision problems. The Visian ICL procedure is FDA-approved for myopia between -3.00 to -20.00 D. The Toric ICL procedure can correct astigmatism in the range of 1.00 to 4.00 D! There is no minimal corneal thickness requirement, making it an option for those with thin corneas, for whom laser-based procedures are not an option. Some other benefits of ICL procedures are:
- Toric lenses have the unique ability to treat myopia and astigmatism
- UV protection
- Excellent night vision
- Short recovery time
- Removable by your doctor
- Does not cause dry eyes
- Does not remove any corneal tissue
If you’re on the path to clear vision and need solutions, the first step is to call Eye Center of Texas, where treatments, check-ups, or vision correction surgery are performed by some of the best surgeons in Texas.
Am I a candidate for an ICL implant?
Some criteria for patients that qualify for ICL are:
- Moderate to severe myopia
- Aged 21-45: ICL is not often performed in patients with presbyopia, or farsightedness, which tends to set in with age
- Correct pupil size — which is not exceptionally large or small
- Six months to one year of static vision prescription: Your surgeon won’t want to perform the procedure if your vision is rapidly changing.
- Not allergic to anesthetic eye drops, as the outpatient procedure requires their use
- Not pregnant or breastfeeding
- Not on steroids or immunosuppressant drugs
You can still receive the procedure if you have dry eyes or thin corneas. Patients with thin corneas, who may not qualify for LASIK in Houston, are often still candidates for ICL implants. The only way to know for sure is to come into Eye Center of Texas for a consultation and to have a doctor tell you what is best for your journey to clear vision.
Interested in EVO Visian ICL or Toric ICL? Call Eye Center of Houston today!
EVO Visian ICL and Toric ICL are non-invasive, long-lasting procedures that can allow you to break away from glasses or contacts — even if you are disqualified from other vision correction surgeries due to thin corneas or severe astigmatism. Whichever procedure is best for you can be determined by our surgeons.
Eye Center of Texas is proud to have two surgeons at the forefront of this technology — Dr. Wade and Dr. Ahmed. Give Eye Center of Texas a call at 713-797-1010 today or request an appointment online to learn more about the exciting new frontier in vision solutions.
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