“My EVO ICL treatment with Dr. Lin was a great success. I didn’t experience any pain during the procedure and no dry eyes afterwards. The experience was literally life-changing!”
Media Personality, Leah Chang
For many patients who don’t qualify for LASIK or SMILE, EVO ICL treatment may be a better alternative for correcting their moderate to high nearsightedness and astigmatism.
The EVO ICL is a tiny clear lens that’s placed inside your eye behind your iris (the colored part of your eye), enabling light to focus more precisely on your retina, thereby helping to correct your nearsightedness and astigmatism. The EVO ICL is made of a collagen-based material that is biocompatible – and therefore works in harmony – with your eye.
And unlike laser vision correction, the EVO ICL procedure doesn’t remove corneal tissue, meaning that patients may be less likely to experience dry eyes following EVO ICL treatment.
Getting a great visual outcome starts with the talent and experience of your surgeon. That’s why we’re partnering with Dr. Robert Lin to perform EVO ICL treatment for our patients. Dr. Lin has been performing ICL surgery since 2008, and is one of the most experienced EVO ICL surgeons in the country.
Dr. Lin is the founder of IQ Laser Vision and a board-certified ophthalmologist and a corneal refractive surgeon. He received his bachelors from UC Berkeley and MD from the UCLA School of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmologist residency at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, and serves an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA.
The ICL procedure takes about 20 minutes per eye. While lying on your back, we’ll numb your eyes with drops, after which one eye will be held open with a small eyelid holder. You’ll look up into the microscope light, which you’ll notice will move at times. You’ll also periodically feel light pressure and brief touches to your eye as Dr. Lin places the EVO ICL lens.
In order to optimize your visual results, we need to precisely fit the EVO ICL lens to the anatomy of your eye. If we choose an EVO ICL lens that is too big or too small, it may affect vision quality, stability and safety. That’s why it’s essential for optimal ICL sizing to directly measure that area inside of your eye where the EVO ICL lens will be placed.
Some ICL surgeons continue to rely solely on the use of external measurements of the eye (e.g., “white to white” measurements) to approximate the internal dimension of the eye, which can introduce errors and result in non-optimal sizing of the EVO ICL lens. That’s why we employ the advanced ArcScan ocular ultrasound system (pictured) to directly measure the internal dimensions of your eye, so we can tailor the fit of the EVO ICL lens precisely to that geometry in order to optimize your visual results.
During the first four hours after your EVO ICL procedure, your vision will be hazy (similar to looking through a film), and you’re likely to experience varying degrees of eye stinging, irritation, tearing, and light sensitivity.
One day after surgery, your eyes should feel relatively normal, and your vision should be clear enough (80-90% of normal) to resume most of your regular activities. However, results vary from patient-to-patient, based on the patient’s preoperative prescription and on the type of work she or he performs.
Over the next few weeks, your vision should gradually sharpen to reach its best correction.
With today’s state-of-the-art ICL technology, combined with Dr. Lin’s knowledge and extensive experience, it’s rare that our EVO ICL patients don’t see a significant improvement in their vision. Like any medical procedure, however, EVO ICL treatment is not without risks or alternatives , so learn more in order to make an informed decision.