EVO Visian ICL2019-06-28T14:17:30-06:00

EVO Visian ICL: Implantable Collamer Lenses

Implantable Collamer Lens | Implantable Contact Lens in St. Louis

Let’s face it: contact lenses can be a hassle. Putting them in, taking them out, and avoiding fun activities like swimming and wake boarding are not only inconvenient—contact lenses take away your freedom to enjoy the moment.

Brinton Vision is proud to be among the first in the United States to provide EVO Visian ICL. These implantable collamer lenses, sometimes called implantable contact lenses, are the next generation in lens technology. EVO Visian ICL lenses have been used safely and effectively in countries worldwide, but United States FDA approval has taken some time. Brinton Vision’s close partnership with EVO Visian ICL maker, STAAR Surgical Company, has paved the way for us to lead the nation in providing this exciting LASIK alternative.

Is it Safe?

EVO Visian ICL is proven and safe. It has been available in Europe since 2002, and the success rate is impressive. Like Visian ICL, EVO is made from a biocompatible material called collamer. It works with your own body to correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. It is an especially good option for people who have been told they are not candidates for LASIK due to thin corneas, high astigmatism, or very strong prescriptions. Many St. Louis patients who qualify for LASIK can attain even better vision with EVO Visian ICL. As an added bonus, patients are less likely to struggle with dry eyes following an ICL procedure compared with contact lenses, and other corrective options.

How Does It Work?

EVO is the next generation of Visian ICL, which has been life-changing for many of our patients. More than a million people in 63 countries have received ICL implants since 1993, and that number is growing. The EVO Visian ICL provides the same incredible visual freedom as the original version, but it is designed to be a little simpler and more comfortable to insert.

During the procedure, no tissue from the cornea is removed. A specially made lens is inserted into a tiny self-healing incision, behind the iris of the eye and in front of the lens. This type of lens is called a phakic intraocular lens (phakic IOL) because it works with the existing eye structures to improve vision.

You’ll notice results immediately, and by the next morning, our patients tell us that they are amazed by the clarity and details they can see from the moment they open their eyes.

About the EVO ICL Procedure

All of our procedures take about 15 minutes, however, you should plan to be at Brinton Vision for approximately two hours, as we test you before and after the procedure. Come with a friend or family member who can drive you home, since your vision may not yet be optimal in the early recovery period.

Just as when you visit your optometrist for a routine eye exam, you don’t need to wear special clothing or change clothes on your procedure day. The only thing we will add to your ensemble is a blue cap, which you’ll wear during your procedure.

You’ll lie down on a comfortable bed and anesthetic drops will be used to numb your eye. A small, gentle eyelid holder will be put into place so that you do not need to worry about blinking during the procedure.

Once the EVO Visian ICL procedure begins, it lasts only a few minutes. A small slit measuring about 3mm will be made to the side of the cornea. A permanent contact lens designed for you is rolled up like a scroll and inserted through this slit.

Small slits heal quickly, and vision is typically clear within a few hours of surgery. In the following days, it becomes even sharper with healing.

What to Expect After EVO ICL

Following your procedure, our experienced surgical technicians will provide you with instructions as well as eye shields to wear for the first week so that you don’t accidentally rub your eyes while you sleep.

EVO Visian ICL patients typically experience little if any discomfort during or after the procedure. Most patients are able to resume regular activities, including returning to work, the day after surgery. A follow-up examination will be scheduled a few hours after your procedure, as well as the morning after surgery so that Dr. Tersigni, Dr. Poore, Dr. Chesnut, or Dr. Brinton can personally ensure that your new vision is progressing well.

Each EVO Visian ICL is positioned behind the iris (the colored part of the eye). You will not be able to feel it or notice that it’s there. Unless you share it with others—and we hope you do—only your surgeon will be aware that vision correction has taken place.

Although the EVO Visian ICL is intended to remain in place for life, a qualified ophthalmologist can remove or update the lens to meet changes in your vision needs or health circumstances.

Benefits of EVO Visian ICL

No Dry Eye Syndrome

Fast Lens Recovery

Lens Removal

What is the difference between Visian ICL and Visian Toric ICL?2018-10-25T15:59:23-06:00

The Visian ICL is a very effective implantable collamer lens (sometimes called an implantable contact lens) for many people who have moderate to severe myopia, or nearsightedness. Until now, however, people with steep astigmatism were not candidates for ICL, or for many other procedures. Visian Toric ICL was developed specifically for those patients in mind. It treats myopia as well as astigmatism, and it has also been effective in managing an eye disease called kerataconus.


Am I a candidate for ICL?2018-08-21T08:28:04-06:00

A good ICL candidate is typically 18 years or older and who has a moderate to high prescription for nearsightedness. Patients should not have had previous eye surgery, and they should not have been diagnosed with eye disease. You may be a good candidate for ICL even if you have been told that you are not a candidate for LASIK.

Will I experience halos and/or glare after my procedure?2018-08-21T08:22:22-06:00

Early after a vision correction procedure it is common to see halos and glare, particularly around lights at night. Our patients say that this is prominent at first, then dissipates over time to the point where it either completely goes away or is less noticeable. Glasses and contacts often have this same effect, as does applying artificial tears before driving at night.

How successful is Visian ICL?2019-05-28T12:04:25-06:00

To-date, Visian ICL has been used in over 1,000,000 patients worldwide with a success rate of over 99 percent. Visian ICL is a premium and primary option for patients with moderate to severe myopia, or who are not candidates for LASIK.

Are there any risks to Visian ICL?2018-08-21T08:30:14-06:00

Vision correction surgeries are, as a whole, among the most successful procedures available today. That being said, every human body is unique. No two eyes are alike, and in rare cases, there may be a risk of complications. At Brinton Vision, we work hard to minimize that risk by taking the time and utilizing the most advanced technology to ensure you are a good candidate for any of our procedures and achieve the outcome you desire. Still, it is impossible to eliminate all risks.

Though they are extremely rare and are specific to each individual, potential complications can be:

  • Under correction or over-correction: This is particularly problematic if a surgeon does not pay close attention to evaluation procedures, and it is a risk that can be virtually eliminated with thorough testing and skilled optic specialists.
  • Dryness: Dryness is very rarely a long-term side-effect, particularly in practices like Brinton Vision where adequate testing is done to ensure that each patient truly is a good candidate for each available procedure.
  • Night vision and other vision disturbances: Some patients report glares, halos, and starbursts at night following surgery. These are fairly common during the healing period, but thanks to technological advances, these are extremely rare once the slit has healed.
  • Cataracts: There is a very small risk that cataracts may develop following ICL procedures. If this happens, it is possible to remove the ICL and implant an intraocular lens.

Risks of Visian ICL surgery can be minimized by thorough testing, such as a Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis, which properly ensures patients are ideal candidates for the procedure. Also, there is no substitute for training and experience, and skillful use of the most modern of technology. Any patient considering ICL surgery is encouraged to discuss all relative advantages, disadvantages, risks and benefits with a refractive surgeon trained and experienced in Visian ICL surgery.