If I Don’t Qualify for LASIK, Should I Think About the EVO ICL Instead?


Did you recently find out you don’t qualify for LASIK? Although LASIK is the most popular vision correction procedure, others are available!

Many people who aren’t suitable for LASIK find they are a better fit for the EVO ICL. Keep reading to find out why you should consider the EVO ICL even if you don’t qualify for LASIK!

What is the EVO ICL?

The EVO ICL is an additive lens that corrects your vision if you’re nearsighted or have astigmatism. Because it’s an additive lens, the EVO ICL is put in your eye, lying behind the iris, and in front of your natural lens.

The EVO ICL comes from a material called collamer, which is derived from collagen. Your body naturally produces collagen, a significant part of what keeps your skin soft and supple and your bones in good working order.

Using a material derived from collagen allows the EVO ICL to be highly biocompatible with the natural chemistry of your eyes. Because the EVO ICL works in harmony with the chemistry of your eyes, it’s an excellent choice for patients that can’t get LASIK due to dry eye syndrome.

LASIK can exacerbate current dry eye symptoms because the procedure may sever nerves in the cornea. If this happens, you may experience worsened dry eye symptoms during the LASIK recovery process.

But there is no potential for corneal nerves to get severed during EVO ICL. There is no tissue removed or the possibility of damage to the cornea during the procedure.

How Does the EVO ICL Differ from LASIK?

Although both the EVO ICL and LASIK can correct your vision, this is where many of their similarities end. Differences between these procedures include:

LASIK Creates a Flap to Reshape Your Cornea

Part of the success behind LASIK lies in the fact that it involves creating a flap in the cornea. Creating the flap is how LASIK can correct your vision and refractive errors.

But the EVO ICL does not create a flap. It is an additive lens meant to lay in your eye and correct your vision in front of your natural lens.

Instead of creating a flap, the EVO ICL works like a contact lens to provide you with clear vision. The difference? You won’t remove the EVO ICL regularly like you would with a contact lens.

The EVO ICL Can Only Correct Nearsightedness and Astigmatism

One of the things that makes LASIK remarkable is that it can correct all refractive errors. These include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

The EVO ICL can only correct nearsightedness and astigmatism in qualifying patients. If you’re farsighted, you cannot receive the EVO ICL.

The EVO ICL Can Correct Higher Amounts of Nearsightedness

For patients that don’t qualify for LASIK because their prescription is beyond the treatment levels, the EVO ICL may be better. Why?

The EVO ICL can correct higher amounts of nearsightedness, including up to -16 diopters. With the EVO ICL and LASIK together, IQ Laser Vision can correct up to an astounding -29 diopters of nearsightedness in patients!

The EVO ICL is Reversible and Removable

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LASIK is a method of permanently correcting your vision using a femtosecond laser and an excimer laser. The EVO ICL is different because although it’s still correcting your vision, it’s both reversible and removable.

Let that sink in for a minute. When you undergo the EVO ICL procedure, you can have its results reversed at any time.

That gives many patients peace of mind because even the thought of permanently correcting their vision can be anxiety-ridden. You can enjoy the incredible sight that the EVO ICL provides while knowing that you can take it out at any time or for any reason.

What’s more, you can feel comfortable knowing that when you need cataract surgery, you can easily replace your ICL with an IOL.

Am I a Good Candidate for the EVO ICL?

There’s no denying that the EVO ICL is a fantastic way to correct your vision and see the world around you. But who is a good candidate for the vision correction procedure?

You may qualify for the EVO ICL if:

  • You’re between the ages of 21 and 45
  • You’re nearsighted or have astigmatism
  • You have a prescription that hasn’t changed in a year or more
  • Your eyes are healthy, and you’re in good health
  • You’re searching for a vision correction procedure that won’t cause dry eyes
  • You have dry eyes and aren’t a good LASIK candidate
  • You have realistic expectations about how the procedure could correct your vision

There’s only one way to determine if you’re a good candidate for the EVO ICL. Schedule your consultation at IQ Laser Vision in San Francisco, CA!

Benefits of the EVO ICL

If you choose the EVO ICL, you can look forward to better vision. Check out some of the benefits of choosing this revolutionary vision correction method!

Protection from the Sun’s UV Rays

You unknowingly expose yourself to the sun’s UV rays every time you walk outside. The EVO ICL has built-in protection against the sun, so your eyes are always protected.

Sharper Night Vision

It may seem like by choosing the EVO ICL, you’d have to sacrifice your night vision, but that’s not true. With the EVO ICL, you’ll have sharper night vision. You’ll also continue being able to see clearly during the day.

You’ll always have clear, crisp vision, no matter what time of day or lighting you may be in.

Nobody Will Know You Have the EVO ICL

After you have the EVO ICL inserted, nobody will be able to see it or know it’s in your eye unless you tell them. The EVO ICL is virtually invisible, and once it’s in your eye, you won’t be able to feel it.

Remove the EVO ICL Anytime

Most patients are incredibly happy with the results of the EVO ICL, choosing a lifetime of clearer, improved vision. But the EVO ICL is distinctly different than other methods of correcting your eyesight because you can remove it anytime.

After removing the ICL, your vision will revert to its pre-correction levels. The EVO ICL is the only vision correction procedure that’s removable and reversible, providing patients with much-needed peace of mind.

Are you ready to take the next step and improve your vision? Find out if the EVO ICL is right for you by scheduling your free consultation at IQ Laser Vision at one of our convenient locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, and the surrounding California area!

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