Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICL)

A Vision Correction Procedure That’s Clearly Unique

Finally, a true LASIK alternative.

As one of the most advanced ophthalmology groups in the area, we are excited to offer the EVO Implantable Collamer Lens. The EVO ICL is a revolutionary offering in vision correction that permanently corrects your vision without changing a thing! The entire anatomy of your eye stays exactly the same—no natural corneal tissue is removed or reshaped during your ICL procedure—while you experience vision that is sharper, clearer, and more vivid than what they can achieve with traditional glasses or contacts!


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Is ICL Right For Me?

The EVO ICL can give you crystal-clear vision without the use of glasses or contacts. This cutting-edge lens helps you reduce your dependence on corrective lenses and, unlike LASIK, does not alter the natural anatomy of your eyes. This means that patients who have high prescriptions or who were once told they are not a candidate for vision correction now have an opportunity to enjoy a life without glasses or contacts! Concerns regarding the health or state of your cornea typically do not apply to patients with the EVO ICL because the lens can be removed and/or replaced whenever it is deemed necessary by you or your surgeon.

If you are considering vision correction, but have been told you are not a candidate for LASIK, schedule a consult with our ICL surgeon to determine if EVO ICL is right for you.

Advantages of the EVO ICL

What is ICL?

ICL stands for implantable collamer lens. It’s a lens made up of an advanced, soft material composed of 100% biocompatible collagen copolymer. Unlike other vision correction procedures that permanently alter the shape of your cornea, ICL surgery is additional, which means it adds to your eye’s natural state. The EVO ICL, once implanted in your eye, provides not only vision correction but also UV protection. Oftentimes, patients see an improvement to their quality of vision that is sharper, clearer and more vivid than what they can achieve with traditional glasses or contacts.

If you suffer from moderate to severe myopia (nearsightedness: those who can see up close) or astigmatism, ICL surgery can help you eliminate your need for glasses or contacts. As one of the newest options for vision correction, the ICL received FDA approval for a wide range of myopic (nearsightedness) correction needs in 2005. And more recently, in 2018 ICLs that correct astigmatism were FDA approved. Worldwide, the EVO ICL has been implanted in more than 900,000 patients with an extremely high satisfaction rate—above 99%! And with little to no maintenance associated with the lens, you can enjoy clearer, sharper, and more vivid vision!

This video provides an in-depth look at the ICL.


A True LASIK Alternative

At Wilmington Eye, we pride ourselves on having the capability to offer our patients a robust selection of vision correction procedures that can be customized to their unique needs and provide the best possible outcomes. That’s why we’re excited to offer the EVO ICL™ as a true alternative to LASIK; it’s a vision correction procedure that’s completely unique. Patients who have corneas too thin or prescriptions too high and are thus not candidates for LASIK have a fantastic option for lasting vision correction and independence from glasses and contacts!

No matter what your vision is today, if you’re tired of wearing glasses or contacts, our surgeons can discuss your options for vision correction.

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Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) Patient Stories

  • "Last month my grandparents surprised me with the gift of corrective eye surgery (Implantable Collamer Lens). Today I had my procedure done and in only one hour after surgery I had 20/15 vision (almost 20/10)!!! I can’t stop looking at things around me. I’ve never seen with such clarity. I never knew such clarity existed! Now my wedding day will be even more beautiful than I imagined (literally) not to mention every day for the rest of my life."
  • "Since age 10 I have worn contacts and glasses to correct severe nearsightedness. Recently I decided to have ICL corrective vision surgery, and am simply amazed at my results. My quality of life through vision has unquestionably improved. I can see clearly day and night, in and out of water, and in the comfort of my natural eye. I look forward to experiencing all my passions (swimming, surfing, snow skiing, tennis) with clear ICL vision. I would highly recommend Wilmington Eye… professional, personable, quality results."
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