Excellent vision gives us the opportunity to connect and interact with the world around us, seeing it in all its vivid color. It makes our most personal and intimate moments with our loved ones more memorable and helps us be and feel present for life’s most important occasions.

What many people know as “implantable contact lenses,” or ICL, is one of the fastest and most promising ways to get that high-definition and supremely clear vision naturally.

What is EVO ICL?

STAAR Visian EVO Implantable Collamer® Lenses, also known as EVO ICLs, are a specially designed lens that is gently placed into your eye to give you high-definition, supremely clear vision. The lens is fully biocompatible and works in harmony with your natural eye. It also provides protection against UV rays and can be removed later, should you ever decide to have additional vision care procedures or eye surgeries. Apart from that, EVO ICLs should last a lifetime.

Benefits of EVO Implantable Collamer Lenses (EVO ICL) in San Fracisco

For those seeking the exceptional benefits of EVO ICLs in San Francisco, look no further than Pacific Vision Institute. Our team of experienced professionals offers specialized eye care services, including the implantation of EVO ICLs, ensuring that you achieve the clearest and most enduring vision possible.

  • High definition, supreme clarity of vision
  • Immediately improves your vision at all distances
  • Glare-free, perfect vision for both day and nighttime vision
  • Virtually painless procedure with a rapid recovery time
  • Permanent but removable
  • Doesn’t cause dry eye syndrome
  • 99% patient satisfaction rate
  • When set in place, EVO ICLs are undetectable
  • Treats nearsightedness, astigmatism, and myopia
  • Can be a treatment choice for patients who aren’t candidates for other eye procedures

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Am I a candidate for EVO ICL?

EVO ICLs are a great option for nearsighted patients who want superb vision without traditional contact lenses or eyeglasses. For patients whose cornea is too thin or too uneven to do LASIK surgery, as well as patients who are too strongly nearsighted where a procedure like LASIK could cause additional vision problems, EVO Implantable Collamer Lenses are usually the ideal treatment choice.

EVO Implantable Collamer Lenses are suitable for patients between the ages of 21 and 45. Visian EVO ICL may offer better long-term vision correction for patients not candidates for LASIK, PRK, or other forms of corneal laser vision surgery, with the added benefit that the lenses are removable. You should not get EVO ICL if you are pregnant or nursing, have unstable vision or have certain eye and systemic diseases.

Will I be able to see or feel the EVO ICL lenses?

No. The EVO ICL lens is placed behind the colored portion of the eye called the iris and once set in place, the lenses are invisible to both you and exterior observers, and you will not feel them.

Will my EVO ICL lenses ever have to be replaced?

EVO ICLs are very tiny contact lenses that are implanted into your eye. They will last forever and you’ll likely never have to have them removed, replaced, or cleaned since it is a biocompatible lens that functions in harmony with the rest of your eye. But in the event that removing them is necessary, that can be done

What to expect in the Visian EVO ICL surgery

EVO ICLs are placed during a surgical procedure that typically takes less than 20 to 30 minutes. You’ll notice an immediate correction of your vision and recover from any side effects of the treatment very rapidly. During the procedure, the EVO ICL lens is rolled up and then set in place via a tiny incision made on the outer part of the eye. The lens is then unrolled and tucked behind the iris of the eye, where it floats in place and corrects your vision permanently. The procedure is usually painless and numbing eye drops are used to reduce any discomfort.

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What conditions does Visian EVO ICL treat?

EVO Implantable Collamer® Lenses are a refractive implant that corrects common vision problems including myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. Unlike other vision correction options, Visian EVO ICL corrects your vision without removing any corneal tissue. ICL treatment is meant to reduce or eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses and unlike most permanent refractive solutions, Visian EVO ICL lenses are removable.

Cost and financing for Visian EVO ICL

The cost of Visian EVO ICL in San Francisco varies from patient to patient depending on the required treatment plan. Compared to contact lenses and glasses, EVO ICL may present a less costly and better long-term treatment option for perfecting your vision. Ask us about financing options available.

Why Choose Pacific Vision Institute?

At Pacific Vision Institute, we take great pride in constantly innovating and discovering the newest, most effective techniques for eye care. When you choose us for your ICL treatment, our skilled doctors and team members will go the extra mile to provide you with a comfortable, stress-free experience and exceptional results. We’ll ensure that your EVO ICLs are precisely designed to give you the crystal-clear vision you’ve always wanted.


Will I feel the ICL once placed?

No. Once your ICL has been placed, you won’t be able to see or feel it at all.

Will it hurt?

Before your procedure, you’ll be given a local anesthetic to prevent any significant discomfort. Typically, patients don’t experience any pain during or after their EVO ICL surgery.

Can it dry out or get dirty?

No. Because an ICL isn’t on the surface of the eye, it can’t get dry or dirty in the way that a typical contact lens would.

Can both eyes be treated at the same time?

Yes. Patients can have each ICL implanted separately or have both eyes treated in one procedure. During your consultation, you and your provider will determine the best treatment plan for your needs.

What’s the difference between ICL and LASIK?

EVO ICL and LASIK are two very different procedures. EVO ICL surgery involves implanting a special lens in front of the eye’s natural lens and behind the iris. LASIK, on the other hand, is performed by reshaping the cornea with a special cutting laser. Both procedures are used to improve eyesight.

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