Posted on: 12/1/23

Refractive Surgery

If you have been considering vision correction surgery, the upcoming holiday season is the perfect time to give yourself the gift of better vision. 

Implantable collamer lenses, such as EVO ILC, are a safe and effective alternative to LASIK. This reversible vision correction procedure is excellent for people who want to reduce their dependence on visual aids like glasses and contact lenses.

The EVO ICL can also be a good option for those who are not good candidates for LASIK. Keep reading to learn more about the EVO ICL, including whether or not you should consider it this holiday season!

What is the EVO ICL?  

EVO ICL, or Implantable Collamer Lens, is a thin, pliable collagen (Collamer) lens that can be implanted in the eye. The lens itself is a flexible, biocompatible material with a corrective prescription like a standard contact lens or glasses. 

During the EVO ICL procedure, your eye doctor inserts the lens behind the cornea, which changes how light focuses on your retina, improving focus and visual acuity. Research shows that, among people with moderate nearsightedness, a majority of EVO ICL recipients achieve 20/20 vision or better.

Once inserted, EVO ICL won’t be visible to yourself or others, and you won’t be able to feel them in your eyes, either. 

Five Reasons to Consider the EVO ICL

EVO ICL is an excellent alternative for people who might not be good candidates for LASIK. The procedure offers better vision as well as improvements to your quality of life. 

Reduces the Need for Glasses or Contacts 

Most people who choose EVO ICL experience significant improvement in their vision. Many people find their vision is 20/20 or better without glasses or contacts after getting EVO ICL.

Improves Night Vision

EVO ICL reduces glare and halos from lights, which can improve night vision. Many people report they can see more details in low light after the procedure. 

This makes night driving and other activities after dark easier and safer. 

Easy Recovery

The procedure for placing EVO ICL is painless and only takes about twenty to thirty minutes. Your eye doctor makes a tiny, self-healing incision in the cornea to insert the lens. 

Recovery usually only takes a few days, and there is much less risk of side effects like dry eyes compared to LASIK surgery. Most people notice improvement in their vision in two or three days. 

Works for People Who Can’t Have LASIK 

EVO ICL is an option for people who might not qualify for other types of vision correction surgery. People with thin corneal tissue, astigmatism, or prescriptions that are too high for LASIK to correct. 


Unlike vision correction procedures that reshape or remove corneal tissue, the EVO ICL procedure can be reversed. The implanted lenses can be removed if necessary. 

Faster Results

The EVO ICL does not require an additional laser procedure, called an LPI, prior to ICL surgery. Other types of ICLs require this laser procedure to prevent a spike in eye pressure after surgery.

Thanks to the innovative design of the EVO ICL, you can skip this step and get better vision quicker.

Is EVO ICL Right for Me?

EVO ICL is suitable for people between the ages of twenty-one and forty-five years old who have moderate to high nearsightedness. This procedure is not recommended for people who have chronic eye inflammation, autoimmune disorders, or recurring infections. 

It is also not recommended for people who are pregnant or nursing. The best way to determine if the EVO ICL may be right for you is to visit your eye doctor at Cuatrelli Vision for an evaluation.

At this appointment, your eye doctor will thoroughly evaluate your eyes to determine whether this method of vision correction is the best option for you.

Are you interested in learning if EVO ILC may be right for you? Schedule a consultation at Cutarelli Vision in Colorado Springs, CO, today!