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EVO ICL Portland

Freedom from contact lenses and glasses can be yours with the EVO ICL.

Visual Freedom

Imagine your life free from glasses and contact and enjoying the ability to see it all in high-definition detail.

EVO ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens), also known as the implantable contact lenses, may be precisely the answer you’ve been looking for to give you the visual freedom you deserve. EVO ICL is much like an external contact lens used to correct your vision, but the main difference is the lens is implanted inside the eye instead of on the outer surface. As a result, your natural lens remains intact and no corneal tissue is removed. The ICL is placed alongside the eye’s natural lens and is hidden behind the iris.

If you’ve considered vision correction surgery before but weren’t a candidate for other types of refractive surgery, EVO ICL may be right for you. Our experienced team at Tersigni Vision will thoroughly examine your eyes and make the best recommendation for you. Contact our office today for an evaluation to see if EVO ICL is the vision correction solution you’ve been dreaming of for years.

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Benefits of EVO ICL

  • Clearer vision without glasses or contacts

  • Improved night vision

  • Short 15-minute procedure

  • Long-term, permanent solution

  • Removable

  • Less dry eye

  • UV protection built-in

  • FDA Approved

  • Short recovery time

  • Maintenance-free

  • Minimally invasive

You have choices when it comes to correcting your vision in Portland. Let our experienced team at Tersigni Vision help you find the perfect solution for your eyes. Don’t let glasses and contacts hold you back any longer.

EVO ICL Experts

With years of experience, Dr. Steven Tersigni is an expert in correcting vision with EVO ICL implantable lenses. In fact, Dr. Tersigni trusts EVO ICL for his own eyes. He was the first physician in the United States to have the EVO ICL procedure performed for his own vision correction.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 50 years old, you may be a candidate for EVO ICL. On average, the procedure is less than 15 minutes with a minimal recovery time, but that 15 minutes can provide the freedom to see clearly for years to come. With a patient satisfaction rate of 99%, EVO ICL is an excellent option for an unparalleled quality of vision.

EVO ICL is a state-of-the-art refractive solution that provides a safe alternative to LASIK and other vision correction surgeries for patients who have myopia with or without astigmatism. The implantable contact lens is a phakic intraocular lens implanted into the eye but does not require regular removal like a standard contact lens. EVO ICL is additive in the sense that no tissue is removed from your eye, making it a natural choice for vision correction. The ICL lens can correct a wide range of vision errors resulting in unparalleled vision that is sharper, clearer, and more vivid.

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Learn More About EVO ICL

What is an EVO ICL?

The EVO ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) is an advanced soft-material lens that provides UV protection and permanent vision correction.The lens is composed of 100% biocompatible collagen copolymer. Unlike Lasik eye surgery, the EVO ICL procedure does not change the shape of your cornea. Instead, it enhances the focusing power of your natural lens, often giving patients sharper and clearer vision than what they have in glasses or contacts. For reference, patients can think of them as implantable contact lenses.

How long does EVO EVO ICL last?

EVO ICL is intended to be a permanent solution for vision correction.  Unlike other procedures though,  the ICL can be removed or replaced if needed. With over 1 million EVO ICL lenses implanted, the future looks sharper, clearer, and brighter for many people.

How safe is EVO ICL?

EVO ICL has FDA approval for a wide range of myopic (nearsightedness) correction needs, with and without astigmatism. Although EVO ICL is not as widely known as LASIK or other procedures, it has been proven to be safe and effective for decades. As with any procedure, Dr. Tersigni will thoroughly explain and discuss any potential risks associated with EVO ICL at your evaluation appointment.

The FDA spent years investigating the EVO ICL before its approval. In addition, EVO ICLs had been approved for use in Europe and Asia for over a decade prior to FDA approval, with proven safety and stability in a long-term, 10-year study. In this study, there were no early-term complications and no long-term follow-up through 10 years, there was no incidence of infection or cataract formation. Over 1 million EVO procedures have been performed worldwide.

Is EVO ICL surgery worth it?

Most people would consider the opportunity to see clearly without using contact lenses or glasses to be priceless. A few of ICL surgery’s benefits include a minimally invasive procedure, a short recovery time, and long-term vision correction. In addition, many patients have reported their vision is clearer, sharper, and more vivid with the ICL lens as compared to contact lenses or glasses. Over 99% of patients are satisfied with their choice of EVO ICL and would choose it again.

How long does EVO ICL surgery take?

The Implantable Collamer Lens procedure takes very little time, with most completed in less than 15 minutes. Patients often experience immediate improvement in their vision and are amazed by the results and how clear their vision is. Many people are able to return to work or normal activities the following day.

Is EVO ICL surgery painful?

Most patients experience little or no discomfort during or after the procedure. Some patients report experiencing a sensation of pressure on the eye but do not describe it as painful. Because the EVO ICL procedure involves making a minimally invasive self-healing incision, the pain is often less and recovery shorter than some other vision correction surgeries.

Will I experience dry eyes or Dry Eye Syndrome? 

While temporary eye irritation can be part of the healing process for any eye procedure, one of the benefits of EVO ICLs is that it doesn’t exacerbate dry eye. In fact, EVO ICL is often the procedure of choice for patients who have significant dry eye. Most patients tell us that their dry eyes are significantly better after their procedure compared to before when they were wearing contacts.

What is the average cost of EVO ICL surgery?

The cost of EVO ICL eye surgery is less than what the average person would spend on glasses, contact lenses, solution, and related exams over a lifetime. And that’s not even considering the other “costs” such as worrying about having enough contacts for a trip, time spent looking for or replacing lost glasses, or having to deal with contact lens-related infections. With glasses and contacts, you are renting your vision over time. With EVO ICL, you get to own your vision. Use our vision correction calculator to see for yourself how affordable EVO ICL can be.

Who is a candidate for ICL surgery

The EVO ICL is used to treat myopia and myopic astigmatism. It can be used to treat up to 20D of myopia and up to 4D of astigmatism. The best way to learn if EVO ICLis right for you is to schedule a consultation where you will sit down with Dr. Tersigni and decide what procedure is right for you.

EVO ICL may be right for you if:

  • You are over the age of 18
  • You are interested in a vision correction solution for moderate to severe nearsightedness (with or without astigmatism)
  • Your prescription has not significantly changed within the last year
  • You have healthy eyes with the exception of being nearsighted or having astigmatism.

In your Tersigni Vision Advance Ocular Analysis, Dr. Tersigni will  determine whether:

  • The shape of your eye is an appropriate fit for the EVO ICL
  • You have moderate to severe damage to the optic nerve caused by increased pressure (glaucoma)
  • You do not meet the minimum endothelial cell density for your age at the time of implantation
  • Your vision is not stable enough

In these cases, another laser vision correction procedure may be more suitable. Dr. Tersigni will discuss all your vision correction options with you personally and answer any questions you may have. Since Tersigni Vision is the only location in Portland to offer the full portfolio of vision correction options,  you can be sure that you are getting the right procedure that is customized to your eyes.

Is EVO ICL reversible?

One of the great benefits of EVO ICL is that the lens is completely removable. The overwhelming majority of patients keep their ICL lenses in permanently. Still, it offers great peace of mind to know that the option is available to remove them should your prescription change or other health challenges arise. The likelihood is slim, but it is comforting to know the option is available.

How does EVO ICL stay in place?

The ICL is implanted between the iris (the colored part of the eye) and the patient’s natural crystalline lens. The EVO ICL is biocompatible and is designed to  stay in position on its own while not interfering with any of the eye’s structures.  It does not move around once it is in place, and you can’t feel it.

What does EVO ICL not treat? 

EVO ICL procedures correct both myopia and high myopia (nearsighted, meaning seeing things in the distance is difficult). EVO ICL does not correct hyperopia (farsightedness, meaning reading and viewing close objects is challenging). EVO ICLs also do not treat presbyopia, which is a loss of reading vision and is a natural result of aging. In these cases, reading glasses may still be needed.

What should I not do after EVO ICL?

While many patients resume most of their normal activities immediately after surgery, there are a few things that should be avoided. Patients should avoid bumping or rubbing their eyes,  lifting more than 20 pounds, swimming, hot tubs, water sports, or getting water or soap directly in their eyes for at least one week after surgery.

It is important not to rub your eyes for the week after surgery. Following the initial recovery period, rubbing your eyes after ICL will not be especially harmful. This is because the ICL sits deep inside the eye and cannot be damaged by touching the eye’s surface. However, it should be noted it is never good to rub your eyes in general.

What is the difference between ICL and IOL?

EVO ICL (implantable collamer lens), as well as EVO’s predecessor, Visian ICL, is a sub-category of IOLs (intraocular lenses). All IOLs are surgically implanted. EVO ICL is an implanted phakic interocular lens that works with your existing natural lens. Other types of IOLs (not EVO ICL) are used after removal of the natural lens, as in Refractive Lens Exchange as well as cataract surgery and act as a replacement for your natural lens.

EVO ICL Procedure For Vision Correction in Portland: One of the Many Vision Correction Procedures Available at Tersigni Vision

Since Tersigni Vision is the only vision correction center in Portland to offer the full portfolio of vision correction options,  we can tailor your vision correction plan to your specific needs. . We pride ourselves in providing personalized care, and you will never feel rushed to make a decision. Dr. Tersigni will personally answer all your questions and offer his expert opinion about the best procedure for you. We want you to feel confident about the exciting possibilities of your new vision!