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EVO ICL Long Beach

Clear vision with a 5-star experience

Lucent Vision now offers the EVO ICL, which is an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved eye surgery to give you freedom from glasses and contact lens. With the EVO ICL we are able to safely improve visual perception without the use of a laser. Adding this cutting-edge technology to our refractive surgery offerings reinforces our position as the leader of premium vision correction surgery with a personalized experience in the Long Beach California area. In the hands of an experienced surgeon like Dr. Nimesh Pathak, the EVO ICL can deliver very high patient satisfaction with excellent vision.

What is EVO ICL?

The EVO ICL (implantable collamer lens) is a corrective lens that can be implanted into the human eye to improve visual acuity by correcting near-sightedness and astigmatism. This new technology, also known as a phakic intraocular lens, is an alternative to LASIK and other laser vision correction procedures. The lens implant is gently and painlessly placed behind the iris to correct refractive errors such as myopia and astigmatism which cause blurry vision. One of the unique benefits of the EVO ICL is that it allows us to avoid making any permanent changes to the cornea so that the risk of dry eye syndrome is less than with other laser procedures.

6 Benefits of EVO ICL in Long Beach

  1. The lens implant is permanent but removable if necessary.
  2. Excellent vision day and night.
  3. Less likely than LASIK to be associated with Dry Eye Disease.
  4. The lens implant has an ultraviolet light filter to protect your natural lens and the retina behind it.
  5. It is made of collagen-based material that demonstrates biocompatibility with your eye.
  6. Does not permanently alter your corneal tissue like other laser-based vision correction surgeries.
  7. It may be the best vision correction option for patients with severe nearsightedness.

What can I expect during my EVO ICL procedure?

The EVO ICL procedure is performed with anesthesia to prevent pain and anxiety, and it usually takes about 45 minutes for the lens implantation in both eyes. As an experienced vision correction surgeon, Dr. Pathak will be able to coach you and support you through the procedure. You will be asked to focus on a group of lights; your visual perception during the procedure will seem like a kaleidoscopic light show of colors and shapes. Typically there are no surgical sutures required with the EVO ICL procedure. After the lens implantation is completed, a clear protective shield will be placed over each eye and you will be able to go home with the help of a friend or family member.

What is the difference between EVO ICL and LASIK?

The primary difference between LASIK and EVO ICL is that LASIK achieves vision correction by using a laser to reshape the cornea while EVO ICL achieves this effect with the implantation of a lens behind your iris. The other major differences between the two vision correction procedures include:

  1. LASIK is approved for refractive errors ranging from a small amount of myopia (a prescription of -0.50) all the way to a more significant amount of myopia (a prescription of -12.00). The range for the EVO ICL though is starting at a little more moderate myopia (a prescription of -3.00) to very severe myopia (a prescription of -20.0). Myopia is another term for near-sightedness.
  2. LASIK is not a good option for patients who have thin corneas or an abnormal corneal topography (or corneal map). The EVO ICL may be a safe alternative for these patients.
  3. Accurately correcting vision with LASIK involves the permanent re-shaping of the cornea, while the EVO ICL is passed through a small incision in the cornea and placed in front of the natural crystalline lens.
  4. The EVO Implantable Collamer Lens can be removed surgically by a qualified eye care professional in the future if necessary. On the other hand, LASIK is a type of permanent vision correction where the cornea cannot be brought back to its original state in the future.
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Can EVO ICL be removed if my vision changes in the future?

The EVO ICL can be removed from the human eye in the future, if necessary. Among vision correction options, EVO ICL is the only one that is potentially reversible. If there is a vision impairment as you age, such as the development of a cataract and need for cataract surgery, a surgical procedure can indeed be done to remove the EVO ICL from your eye. This removal procedure can be done with minimal discomfort in the hands of an experienced eye physician like Dr. Nimesh Pathak.

Is the EVO ICL lens visible to others or detectable when worn?

Unlike traditional contact lenses, the EVO ICL is not detectable by the people that you interact with in your daily life. Since the biocompatible lens is transparent and placed behind your iris, it is not visible with the naked eye. If an eye doctor performs an eye exam with a microscope in a doctor’s office, then they may see the EVO ICL inside of your eye. The EVO ICL delivers improved vision without any noticeable changes to the natural eye.

Will I feel the EVO ICL lens once it is implanted?

You will not be able to feel the EVO ICL lens once it has been implanted in your eye. The lens rests quietly in front of your natural lens inside of your eye. The EVO ICL delivers clear vision without any long term irritation or discomfort.

What is the typical recovery time after EVO ICL surgery?

Most patients notice almost immediate vision improvement after their EVO ICL procedure. Recovery time is short after the EVO ICL because it is a minimally invasive procedure. During the first week after your procedure you will need to use medicated eye drops to minimize any inflammation related to the healing process. You will be asked to refrain from eye rubbing, jarring activities (running, jumping, weigh-lifting, contact sports, swimming), and heavy lifting for at least a week after your procedure. You will be able to return to your daily activities such as walking, driving, reading, and working on a computer within a couple of days after your procedure.

Does EVO ICL offer UV protection?

Not only does the EVO ICL correct vision, but the technologically advanced lens material also has a UV filter to protect the intraocular structures from the damaging effects of UV light. Some ophthalmology studies have suggested that UV light may contribute to certain diseases that may cause long term visual impairment such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

What is the age range for suitable candidates for EVO ICL?

The ideal age range for EVO ICL candidates is ages 21 to 45. Over the age of 45, most people develop an age related condition known as presbyopia. This condition refers to a gradual stiffening of the natural lens inside of the eye which makes near vision activities more difficult. It is due to these age-related changes in the eye’s natural lens that patients over the age of 45 are typically not good candidates for the EVO ICL.

Is EVO ICL surgery painful?

The EVO ICL surgery is not painful because a sufficient amount of anesthetic eye drops are used are placed onto the surface of your eye prior to the procedure. Most patients will also receive anti-anxiety medication orally or through an IV to reduce any anxiety that may be associated with having a medical procedure done to the eye. Most patients experience minimal discomfort during lens insertion, and they notice a significantly clearer vision almost immediately after their procedure.

How much does EVO ICL cost?

The cost of the EVO ICL is typically more than the cost of laser-based vision correction procedures such as LASIK or PRK. The higher cost of the procedure has a lot to do with the expense of the advanced technology lens that is implanted into the eye. With our transparent pricing we can inform you of all the costs associated with the procedure when you schedule your consultation.

Does EVO ICL correct both nearsightedness and farsightedness?

The EVO ICL is FDA approved for the correction of nearsightedness and astigmatism. Nearsightedness is also known as myopia and refers to a problem where distance objects are blurry without the use of corrective lenses. On the other hand, astigmatism refers to an asymmetry in the shape of the cornea that leads to blurry vision that also requires the use of corrective lenses. On the other hand, farsightedness typically refers to a problem where there is blurry vision at near and far that requires the use of glasses or contact lenses. It can be very confusing! When you come to our office for an eye examination during your consultation, we will perform a refraction to determine which one of these refractive errors is making your vision blurry.

Can I wear contact lenses after having EVO ICL surgery?

The EVO ICL procedure is an excellent option for patients seeking clear vision without the use of contacts or eyeglasses. Nonetheless, you can continue to use colored contact lenses for their cosmetic effect.

About the Author

Dr. Nimesh Pathak

Nimesh Pathak, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has dedicated his career to vision correction procedures such as LASIK and premium cataract surgery. Dr. Pathak earned his medial degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago. He also completed a fellowship in Cornea/Dry Eye Disease and Refractive Surgery at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City He has given thousands of patients visual freedom in pursuit of his goal to deliver the benefits of clear vision with a personalized experience.

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