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What is EVO Visian ICL?

For patients who are not good candidates for laser vision correction, we frequently recommend the STAAR® EVO Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) procedure.

  • EVO ICL surgery is a corrective procedure that can effectively cure myopia (nearsightedness).
  • During this procedure, an eye surgeon will implant a collamer lens directly behind the iris in order to correct vision issues with objects at close range.
  • Patients experience an immediate improvement in vision quality and are “Wowed” by the results.
  • The recovery for EVO ICL is quick and pain-free, and may be as little as one day, due to the very small opening required. Patients typically experience minimal discomfort, and many times go back to work the next day.
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Are You a Candidate for EVO ICL?

Is this the vision correction you have been waiting for?

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Patients who have thin corneas or experience routine dry eyes who have been told they are not a candidate for LASIK or PRK might just be eligible for the EVO ICL vision correction procedure. Call us to find out more.
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Experience the More Natural Choice to LASIK

For years, the only method of permanent vision correction that didn’t involve glasses or contacts was corrective LASIK laser eye surgery. With the advent of EVO ICL, however, that’s all changed. Not only is there now a new alternative, but EVO ICL may actually produce superior vision quality. It’s vision that’s sharper, clearer, more vivid and has greater depth and dimension in a simple, 15-minute outpatient procedure.

If your corneas aren’t appropriate for LASIK surgery, then the STAAR® EVO ICL may be an excellent alternative. While LASIK involves cutting and removing eye tissue that cannot be replaced, concerns involving the cornea typically do not apply to EVO ICL. In fact, no natural corneal tissue is permanently removed or reshaped in any way during implantation of EVO ICL.

With these FDA approved devices, a tiny contact lens is inserted inside the eye, where it remains permanently. Studies show that EVO ICL corrected vision is sometimes better than with glasses or LASIK. Another benefit to EVO ICL is that the procedure is reversible, whereas LASIK is not. One of the important advantages of EVO ICL is that while it can permanently correct your vision, in the unlikely event that an EVO ICL patient experiences negative side effects after surgery, the lens can be removed and/or replaced if necessary.

EVO ICL is the procedure of choice for patients who need and expect high quality results in performance and safety. When STAAR® Surgical, the manufacturers of EVO ICL, asked patients to rate their experience, over 99% were satisfied with their results with EVO ICL and 100% of US military personnel surveyed believe they function and perform better since they received EVO ICL. When compared to other surgical vision correction procedures, EVO ICL delivers sharper vision and high patient satisfaction.

2 Million +

Lenses Implanted


Patient Satisfaction

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Good Candidates For EVO ICL Include Patients Who

  • Are between the ages of 21 and 45.
  • Are nearsighted with or without astigmatism* or farsighted*, including those with mild, moderate, and severe myopia (as low as -3D to as high as -20D prescription) with minor or no occurrence of astigmatism. The Visian Toric ICLTM, capable of correcting myopia with astigmatism, is currently under review with the U.S. FDA. The Visian TICLTM is currently available only outside of the United States.
  • Have sufficient anterior chamber depth and acceptable endothelial cell density (this will be determined by an ophthalmologist after a comprehensive eye exam).
  • Have not had a change in their eyeglass prescription of more than 0.5D in a year.
  • Are not currently pregnant.
  • Have no other contraindications including no known allergies to medications used during refractive surgery.
  • Have dry eyes, severe myopia, or a thin cornea (non-LASIK candidate).

After a comprehensive eye examination, Dr. Cutarelli will discuss various refractive surgery options including the implantation of a lens like EVO ICL, and/or LASIK laser refractive surgery. Based on your correction needs, eye health, medical history, and desired outcome for refractive surgery, Dr. Cutarelli will determine if you are a good candidate for EVO ICL.

Hear From Those Who Have Discovered Visual Freedom With EVO ICL

  • “Visian ICL feels like I am finally experiencing life the way it is meant to be experienced; there are no more barriers between me and the world.”

    -Gayane Khechoomian, Attorney

  • “In the past, I would make short term decisions that would be cheaper and would fix the problem short term. This (Visian ICL) fixed the problem long term.”

    -Ashley Acda, Teacher

  • “I would never be able to just wake up and go, and now I can literally just roll out of bed and go straight to the farmer's market.”

    -Sara Tso, Chef

  • “I had my first opportunity to put my Visian ICL eyes to the test recently in the Amazon rainforest, and it couldn’t have been more exciting to be able to spot rare species better than ever.”

    -Phil Tores, Entomologist, TV Show Host

What Happens during the EVO ICL Procedure?

Pre-Op Exam

Eye Drops Administered

Small Opening

Lens Insertion and Positioning

Post-Op & Check Up

EVO ICL Advantages

No post-surgical dry eye
UV protection built into lens
Better surgery for thin corneas
Excellent night vision
Extreme clarity and detail reported by patients
Safe & Advanced biocompatible material design
Amazing, rapid wow factor after surgery
Short recovery time
The lens is also removable
Procedure is relatively quick (30 minutes)

Dr. Cutarelli has performed over 80,000 surgical procedures!

  • Cataract Surgery
  • NearVision Institute™
  • Inlay/Implant
  • Keratoconus Center
  • Corneal Transplant
  • NearVision Lens Implant

What Our Patients Say

Star Rating

Cecil 104.3

I’ve worn contacts and/or glasses since I was 9 years old and I hated them. The hassle of contacts was annoying and I seemed to break my glasses whenever I’d play a pickup game of basketball.

Cecil Lammey – 104.3 The Fan

Karen Vega

From my consultation to the day of my surgery, and every follow up appointment, each step has been so straightforward and I am blown away with the results. I can know read signs from a distance when I drive. LASIK is the best thing I could have done for myself and my career.

– Karen Vega

  • On behalf of myself, my family and relatives, we would like to express our greatest gratitude towards the excellent treatment we received while in your care. We are all pleased with the end results of our laser eye surgery. Because of the excellent treatment given to my family and myself, I would widely recommend other interested clients to Dr. Cutarelli. -Jerry, Linda, Lucinda, Tony, Valerie, Louise, Philip, Ronnie, Stephen, Theresa and Timothy

    The Malouff, Gallegos, Padilla, Ruybal, Lobato and Gonzales Families

  • I traveled from Detroit to have LASIK surgery with Dr. Cutarelli. It was the best thing that I have done for myself! My vision is fantastic and I recommend him fully.

    Tanya Knight, Pharmacist

  • I would like to extend my appreciation to Dr. Cutarelli and his staff for their excellence in customer service and care in perfecting my vision. As a former NFL Chicago Bear and Buffalo Bill I would have given anything to have had LASIK surgery and improved vision when I was playing. I love not having to wear glasses anymore!!

    Leonard Walterscheid, Former NFL Player

  • Everyone at the office was so helpful. We were afraid John's eyes were beyond help. After seeing the Drs. we were blown away that everyone treated John as if he was the only patient in the office. Everything was explained. All our questions were answered. They took so much time explaining our options completely. Special thanks to Betty, she was just amazing pushing the insurance through. She is very patient, kind, as if John were her own family. We came in a patient and left feeling we are part of a family. The knowledge and expertise blew us away. We can't say thank you enough for giving John his sight back.


  • Cutarelli was a GREAT choice for my procedure! Everyone on the staff, from pre-op, financing, surgery, and post-op care were fantastic! They were able to get me seeing 20/20 despite a very poor prescription and strong astigmatism. Thank you!

    Mitchell M.

  • I'm very happy with the results. My vision is back + I don't need my glasses to see out of this eye. Looking forward to getting the other eye done + getting back to not having glasses.

    Richard A.

  • Staff and doctors are great and knowledgeable and strive to use "real" understandable English to answer any and all questions. All staff members are friendly and strive for patient happiness. Excellent and professional in every way.

    Ronald R.

  • I am very pleased with the results of my Monovision surgery. Great staff. Very professional with excellent follow-up program. Thanks!

    Dan J.

  • Dr Cutarelli and everyone in that office are just the nicest, most educated people I’ve known in their profession. They are all just awesome. The two DESEK surgeries I had at Harvard Park went more smoothly than I ever imagined! And again, the staff was just awesome. I would recommend Cutarelli Vision to anyone for any type of optical procedure. They are number one in my book!!!

    Rick Martinez

  • I'm a doctor, so finding a doctor I could trust with my vision was important. Dr. Cutarelli's credentials were impressive! Now, thanks to Dr. C, my vision after LASIK is amazing." "Prior to LASIK, I had to wear contact lenses or glasses and it was difficult to perform in the sports I enjoy like skiing and scuba diving. After having LASIK surgery at Cutarelli Vison, I have recommended them to many of my own colleagues, and they have also been very impressed.

    Rick Lopez, MD

  • When I was diagnosed with a cataract in my left eye, I was referred to Dr. Cutarelli. From the start, he and his staff were attentive, capable, and efficient. I was able to experience dropless cataract surgery - one of the latest advancements in cataract removal. My surgery went quickly and smoothly - and on day one my eye was clear and corrected to 20/20 vision!

    Monte F.

  • I was VERY against doing Lasik surgery and I was very nervous about my wife doing the surgery. I told my wife that I would never do it! But after going with her to all of her appointments and the surgery appointment and then seeing how well her lasik turned out, I changed my mind. I was so impressed with Dr. Cutarelli and his team. They are very professional and caring and answered all of my questions over and over again. I am so glad I don't have to wear glasses any more.


  • This is something I've wanted to do for myself for 20 years! Within the first 4 hours post-op, I was already seeing clearly! This is the greatest thing I've ever done for myself! I recommend it to anyone who is tired of dealing with glasses and contacts like I was. It really is a life changing experience! When my kids asked me the next morning if I could see, all I could do was cry. Happiness is an understatement.

    Jolene S.

  • I am thrilled to have LASIK surgery. The best part is being able to wake up and go to the gym without fighting to put in contacts. I truly live by the phrase I heard from a dear friend that the only thing I regret about LASIK surgery is not doing it sooner.

    Melissa C.

  • Best decision I ever made! Dr. Cutarelli and his staff were so kind and professional throughout the entire process. I wish I hadn't waited so long!

    Nicholas G.

  • I am so happy I finally got LASIK! The procedure was so fast and the staff and doctors were friendly. I wish I did this years ago.

    Lauren K.

  • I have worn glasses and contacts since I was 9 years old. From the front desk to the surgeon, the staff are all professional, friendly and welcoming. All fears and questions were answered. The procedure was the easiest and quickest procedure ever! Dr. Cutarelli made me feel comfortable and talked me through the procedure so I would feel calm during the surgery. Almost a year later, I am 20/15 and love being able to see!

    Jessica K.

  • After looking up a couple different LASIK eye places, I found Cutarelli Vision to be the most convenient. I was able to make my consultation without any hassle. They let me choose the date and payment options without any pressure. Dr. Cutarelli was extremely good during surgery and made me feel very comfortable. I would recommend anyone who is interested to Cutarelli Vision.

    Lanee S.

  • I had Dr. Cutarelli do LASIK on my eyes. Love the outcome! I would advise everybody to have it done. This is the best thing for me. Also, love the staff at Cutarelli Vision. They are so awesome!

    Jessica G.

  • I love being able to see without cheaters! I always had to search for them. I had about 15 pairs around, but was always searching. Now, I no longer have to worry about them!

    Mary H

  • I don't know why I waited so long. Everyone should come see Paul Cutarelli if you're thinking about LASIK. Make an appointment! The team at Cutarelli is amazing. Best decision I've ever made.

    Glenda H.

  • Dr. Cutarelli's staff was incredibly helpful and able to answer all my questions before and after the procedure. Would definitely recommend them.

    Ryan A.

  • Dr. Cutarelli and his staff were great. The procedure was quick and easy and I can now see without looking for my glasses!

    Stephen S.

  • Coming into my procedure, I was afraid and had no real idea of what I I was getting myself into. Dr. Cutarelli and the other doctor and staff were able to calm my nerves and explain everything to me in layman's terms. Now, I am able to see 20/50 only 11 days after my corneal transplant for Keratoconus in the Denver Tech Center location. I am so extremely grateful for everything they have done for me.

    Nicholas T.