Eye Center of Texas is the first ophthalmologist practice in Houston to offer this breakthrough vision correcting procedure
Eye Center of Texas’s very own Dr. Edward Wade is the first eye surgeon in Houston, and one of the first doctors in Texas, to provide EVO ICL — and Dr. Yasir Ahmed is one of the first in Houston to provide EVO Toric Visian ICL. If you have been searching for vision solutions that allow you to break free of your contact lenses or glasses, but believe that you may not be a good candidate for LASIK, let us tell you about a game-changing vision correction procedure: EVO ICL.
What is EVO ICL?
EVO ICL, formerly known as EVO Visian ICL, is an FDA-approved implantable lens that is clinically proven to correct common vision problems such as nearsightedness, or myopia, and nearsightedness with astigmatism.
This minimally invasive procedure involves implanting a biocompatible, flexible Collamer® lens into the eye between the iris and the natural lens to deliver sharp, clear vision, excellent night vision, and UV protection all in one. Unlike other vision correction options, EVO Visian ICL does not remove any tissue from the eye and the added Collamer lens can be removed by your doctor at any time.
How long does EVO ICL last?
The answer will differ for everyone depending on your prescription and age, but the clear vision you achieve through this ICL eye surgery could last indefinitely. And because the lens is completely removable and replaceable, if your prescription ever does change, your eye surgeon can replace the Collamer® lens with one that reflects any recent vision changes.
What to expect from the EVO ICL procedure
Before beginning the ICL eye surgery, your eye doctor will administer numbing eye drops into your eye. For most patients, these numbing drops are all that’s needed to make the procedure virtually painless. Your eye doctor will then create a small opening in your cornea that is used to insert and position the lens. This technique is safer and more accurate than other techniques because it avoids putting pressure on the delicate nerves in your eyes.
The entire procedure takes between 20–30 minutes with most patients experiencing almost immediate results and a quick recovery time.
The benefits of EVO ICL
EVO ICL is a low-risk, quick procedure that uses a specially designed lens that’s gently placed in the eye for maximum comfort and lasting results. This vision correction procedure can help you break free from visual limitations due to contacts or glasses.
Because the procedure involves adding a lens to your natural eye rather than changing the tissues in your eyes, the added lens is completely removable, making the procedure completely reversible. This also means that the lens can be replaced at any time should you desire future eye surgery.
As with any vision correction or ICL eye surgery, there are risks. These may include but are not limited to:
Temporary swelling or inflammation
Need for a second procedure
Increase in eye pressure
Reduced visual acuity
What makes EVO ICL different from other vision correction procedures?
The EVO ICL procedure is different from other vision correction options because it does not involve the removal of corneal tissue. Instead, the additive lens works in harmony with your natural eye, to create the desired results without causing dry eye syndrome. This 20-30 minute outpatient procedure can grant you freedom from the inconveniences of contact lenses or eyeglasses with a quick recovery and little downtime.
Wondering which option is right for you: EVO Visian ICL vs. LASIK? If you are not a good candidate for LASIK in Houston due to thin corneas, the EVO lens may be a better option for you. To know more about which vision correction procedure is right for you — PRK surgery or ICL vs. LASIK — talk to your eye care professional at your initial consultation.
Is EVO ICL right for me?
The EVO lens is a great option for patients with moderate to severe nearsightedness either with or without astigmatism, even if they have a thin cornea. To qualify for EVO Visian ICL, you must have maintained your prescription for at least one year.
*Keep in mind that because the lens is made to correct distance vision, there is a chance that you may still need reading glasses after the procedure.
Looking to break free from eyeglasses and contact lenses? Get EVO ICL at Eye Center of Texas in Houston!
EVO ICL is a quick, easy, and noninvasive procedure that can allow you to live a life that is not dependent on glasses or contact lenses. Eye Center of Texas is proud to be at the forefront of this latest evolutionary procedure with our very own Dr. Wade being one of the first eye surgeons in Houston to provide EVO Visian ICL and Yasir Ahmed, M.D., another certified surgeon, offering the EVO procedure starting in May 2022 as well.