EVO Implantable Contact Lens Surgery
Are you trying to cope with vision that's not as good as it could be? Is it having a detrimental effect on your quality of life? Then we are here to help you. Not everyone is suitable for laser eye surgery, but it may be that EVO implantable contact lenses (ICLs) provide the perfect answer. Here at Optimax, we boast three decades of experience in the vision correction industry, so you can be confident that you're in the very safest hands when you come to us.
We appreciate that you will likely have a range of queries before you even think about undergoing ICL surgery. The costs, risks, recovery time and benefits all need to be weighed up carefully, while it's also imperative that you understand the differences between the different types of vision correction surgery, and which procedure might be most appropriate for your needs.
What is ICL eye surgery?
Implantable contact lenses are also known as phakic IOL (intraocular lens). This treatment is generally recommended for patients under the age of 40 who do not need reading glasses, although we can treat patients up to the age of 60 if they are suitable for treatment.
The ICL is positioned in front of your eye’s natural lens and behind the iris. With ICL surgery, the natural lens remains in place, so the procedure is reversible, should your visual requirements change.
Furthermore, there is a complication rate of less than 1 in 1,000 (>0.1%), so you can be confident that ICL eye surgery is one of the safest medical procedures.
At Optimax, we use the EVO Visian Implantable Contact Lens produced by STAAR Surgical for all ICL treatments. This lens is an excellent choice as it can cater to very strong prescriptions (up to +10 for long-sighted patients, -20 for short-sighted patients, and +6 for astigmatism). It is made from collamer which means it is biocompatible and works in natural harmony with your eye, as well as providing UV protection.
What is the success rate of ICL surgery?
We are proud to report that across 2018 and 2019, 99.78% of our patients were satisfied with the results of their ICL surgery.
Over 1,000,000 EVO Visian ICLs have been implanted worldwide over the last 25 years and 99.4% of EVO Visian ICL patients globally would have the procedure again.
What are the benefits of ICL surgery?
Taking the decision to have ICL surgery should leave you with vastly improved vision and the ability to see things much more clearly and in greater focus. Some of the benefits include:
- Biocompatibility: The material from which the lens is made contains collagen, helping it to work in natural harmony with your eye.
- Reduced dry eye risk: Because the ICL procedure doesn’t involve reshaping your corneal tissue, there is a much smaller risk of developing dry eyes following treatment.
- Removability: Should you prescription change in the future, your ICL can be removed and replaced with an updated version. This means that you’re also prepared for any technological advancements, with nothing stopping you from having the latest lens implanted further down the line.
- Night vision: Clinical studies have shown that the EVO Visian ICL provides excellent night vision, benefiting you in many areas of life, which may have been more difficult with glasses and contacts, e.g. driving in the dark.
- UV protection: The Collamer material of the lens provides UV protection. UV rays can damage the eyes by bringing on a variety of eye conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts. The EVO Visian ICL helps to lower your risk for this.
- Quick procedure and recovery: The treatment usually takes between 20-30 minutes and people often notice a visual difference immediately. Most patients are back to their usual routine within a few days.
Does ICL surgery hurt?
The vast majority of our patients say that the operation is comfortable. We will give you numbing eye drops prior to your ICL surgery, which will mean there won't be any pain, although you may feel some pressure. You may also experience some mild discomfort during the healing process, which can usually be treated with eye drops.
How much does ICL surgery cost?
If you come to Optimax, your ICL surgery will cost £3,245 per eye, and this fee is fixed regardless of your prescription. There will be no hidden charges for you to worry about, and we also offer interest-free credit for up to 12 months, so you have the option to spread the payment for your procedure across a more manageable timeframe. Following treatment, you must attend a cell count appointment once a year, at a cost of £50 per appointment. This is essential in order to check your eye health and lens compatibility.
How long does the ICL surgery procedure take?
The operation itself lasts for around 20-30 minutes, although you may be in the treatment room for a little longer. However, it's best to plan to be at the clinic for up to four hours, as you will need to take into account preparation time and discussions with a patient advisor.
How long do implantable contact lenses last?
Your surgically implanted contact lenses are designed to last a lifetime.
How long will my ICL surgery recovery take?
You may experience slightly blurred vision for a couple of days after having ICL eye surgery, which will gradually improve over time. It may take a couple of months for you to achieve the final result, as your eyes will continue to heal following the procedure.
Can I have surgically implanted contact lenses put in both eyes at once?
We can perform bilateral procedures (both eyes treated on the same day, one after the other) but this will need to be discussed with your treating surgeon. If you prefer, you can also have your eyes treated separately, a week apart, diary permitting.
What care will I receive after ICL eye surgery?
We pride ourselves on the excellent level of service provided to our customers, and that guarantee extends well beyond the day of your operation. You will receive one year's free aftercare, during which we will meet a number of times to discuss the progress of your ICL surgery recovery. Your first appointment will be scheduled within a day or two of your operation, with two more to come over the subsequent 4-6 weeks. Finally, if all is well and everything seems satisfactory, you will be discharged after 3-6 months.
Will I still need reading glasses after ICL eye surgery?
ICL surgery tends to be most suitable for people in their 20s or early 30s, at which point the majority would not require reading glasses. This procedure will correct your prescription at that time, but you may still need reading glasses as you get older, so this operation will not eliminate that requirement altogether.
How soon can I drive following ICL surgery?
That will depend on the progress of your ICL surgery recovery. Some people may be ready to drive again within a couple of days, while for others it may take a week or two to reach that point. The best course of action is to ask your optometrist during your aftercare appointments. They will be able to advise you on when it's safe to get back behind the wheel.
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Why should I choose Optimax for my ICL surgery?
The combined skill, knowledge and experience of our surgeons make us one of the UK's number one providers of ICL surgery. Here are just some of the reasons why we're the best in the business:
- Experience: We have been performing vision correction procedures for more than 25 years , with thousands of operations undertaken in that time, so you can be sure that our surgeons are experts in their field.
- Fixed costs: At £3,245 per eye, the price of having ICL surgery with Optimax is fixed, regardless of your prescription. There won't be any extra charges or hidden fees, and you can spread the cost over a more manageable period if you wish, thanks to our interest-free payment plans for up to 12 months.
- Success rate: The numbers speak for themselves - 99.78% of our patients during 2018 and 2019 were satisfied with the results of their ICL surgery.
- Convenience: We boast 20 clinics across the UK, with ICL eye surgery treatment available in six of those including London, Leicester and Liverpool, so you should be able to find a location that's close to you.
- Trustworthiness: We are proud of our 'Excellent' rating from almost 2,000 customer reviews on Trustpilot, so you can rest assured that you're in the hands of dependable, fully qualified professionals. Additionally, all of our ICL surgeons are Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons, registered with the General Medical Council and are Fellows or Members of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
- Aftercare: You will receive a year's free care after ICL eye surgery, during which time you will attend a number of appointments as we monitor the health of your eyes and track your progress. We firmly believe in the importance of continuing our relationship long after the operation, and rest assured we'll guide you expertly through every stage of the recovery process.
How do I know if I'm eligible for ICL eye surgery?
ICL surgery tends to be most suitable for patients in their 20s and early 30s with a high than average prescription, or eye surface characteristics that makes them ineligible for laser eye correction. However, please note that there are a number of factors which could prevent you from having the operation.
However, ICL surgery may also be suitable for patients between the ages of 21 - 60 years old who:
- Are near-sighted with mild to severe myopia (-0.5D to -20D)
- Are farsighted with mild to severe hyperopia (+0.5D to +10.0D)
- Have astigmatism between 0.5 and 6.0 D
- Have not had a change in prescription of more than .5D in a year
- Are looking for an alternative procedure to laser vision correction
Anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding will not be treated, as the fluctuations in hormones can affect your vision. The strength of your prescription, pupil size, corneal thickness and any dryness of the eyes may also impact your suitability for ICL surgery. If you are unsure about whether you will meet the required criteria, please don't hesitate to get in touch and our friendly, professional team will be only too happy to answer your queries.
How do I book my ICL surgery?
Should you be interested in having ICL eye surgery, you can book a consultation, request a call back or order a free information pack. If you do decide to come in for a comprehensive and in-depth consultation, you will be charged a fully refundable £10 deposit, or £30 if your appointment is on a weekend.
If you decide to proceed with the operation, your surgeon will give you an assessment a week beforehand, just to make sure they are happy with everything. In most cases, the time between your first enquiry and the procedure itself is around one month, with six of our 20 clinics across the UK offering the treatment. We've helped thousands of people reap the benefits of ICL surgery and you could be next, so why not contact us and get the vision you deserve.