What If You Are Not a LASIK Candidate?

November 15, 2023


LASIK has become so well-known that many people consider it synonymous with vision correction. However, LASIK is only one of many vision correction options, and not everyone is a good candidate. If you would like to limit or eliminate your need for glasses or contacts, but LASIK is not right for you, an implantable collamer lens (ICL) may be a solution. 

Who is a Good LASIK Candidate?

LASIK is a popular vision correction procedure, but not everyone should have it. Candidates for LASIK can be nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. However, the prescription must fall within specific limits. They should also have healthy eyes. You may not be a candidate for LASIK if:

  • You have thin or abnormal shaped corneas
  • You have problems with dry eye symptoms
  • You engage in contact sports

LASIK works by creating a flap in the outer layer of your cornea. While it does not cause a problem for most people, some should consider a different procedure.

What if You Are Not a LASIK Candidate?

People who are not good candidates for LASIK can still achieve visual freedom from several other vision correction options. EVO Visian ICL (implantable collamer lens) is an advanced vision correction technology that can treat moderate to high myopia (nearsightedness) with and without astigmatism.  This is a quick 30 minute, painless procedure with a one day visual recovery time.  The EVO ICL is an additive artificial lens implant that a surgeon places inside your eye, in front of your natural lens.  It cannot be seen or felt by the patient.  Many people describe it as a permanent contact lens that does not need daily maintenance.  You just wake up, see clearly and go.

EVO Visian ICL might be a good option for people who are not LASIK candidates because it does not remove cornea tissue or create a corneal flap. As a result, it does not worsen or cause dry eye symptoms like LASIK might. No flap means no possibility for the flap to become disrupted during contact sports or trauma. No corneal tissue removal means that people with unusually shaped or thin corneas are still candidates for EVO ICL. Furthermore, this procedure can correct higher nearsighted prescriptions (up to -20 Diopters) than LASIK can. 

How Does EVO Visian ICL Work?

The EVO Visian ICL is a clear collagen lens designed to fit behind the iris (the colored part of the eye) and over the natural lens. While LASIK corrects vision by changing the shape of the cornea, an ICL does it by changing the focal point of light before it even reaches your natural lens. The EVO ICL is inserted through a tiny incision in the cornea that heals rapidly. Unlike LASIK, getting an ICL does not remove any cornea tissue. Your implanted lens can be removed at any time by a surgeon to reverse the procedure if you ever wish or your eye health changes.

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What is Recovery Like After EVO Visian ICL?

Many people see better almost as soon as their new lenses are inserted. Most people are able to return to work within a day or two. The incision used for EVO Visian ICL insertion (3mm) is much smaller than a LASIK flap (9mm), making recovery even faster than the already-quick LASIK time. Avoid contact sports, strenuous exercise and swimming for a week after your procedure. Your vision will improve even more over the next few weeks. 

What are the Benefits of EVO Visian ICL?

EVO Visian ICL is becoming an increasingly popular form of vision correction for many reasons. Some of the benefits people enjoy most include:

  • Almost immediate visual improvement
  • Minimal recovery time
  • Reversible procedure
  • Corrects moderate to high prescriptions
  • Invisible and unnoticeable
  • Long-lasting results
Dr. Wu helped me get Lasik and now my vision is great! No more contacts or glasses. I had dry eye afterwards but that was expected; followed instructions and now all is good. Thank you!
John w.

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