Can I Remove the EVO Visian ICL if I Change My Mind?

Do you want to correct your vision? One procedure you may not be as aware of is the EVO Visian ICL.

The EVO Visian ICL is a minimally invasive procedure, and unlike other vision correction procedures, it’s reversible. The EVO Visian ICL is an implantable additive lens that you can remove whenever if you change your mind.

It’s also highly convenient if you need cataract surgery in the future and will need an IOL implanted to take its place. However, there’s no reason to have it removed or replaced if you don’t want it to be. You can have it safely in your eye indefinitely.

Keep reading to learn more about the EVO Visian ICL, including how it works, how you can always remove and reverse it at any time, and why it may be the right vision correction procedure for you!

What is the EVO Visian ICL?

The EVO Visian ICL is an Implantable Collamer Lens. The EVO is short for Evolution. The Visian ICL is an advanced form of vision correction that has evolved from traditional vision correction devices like contact lenses.

The ICL comes from a material called collamer. Collamer is a substance derived from collagen, a protein that your body naturally produces.

Because collamer is naturally derived from collagen, the EVO Visian ICL is highly compatible with the chemistry of your eye. The EVO Visian ICL is especially well-suited for patients with existing dry eye symptoms because of this biocompatibility.

Unlike vision correction procedures like LASIK, the EVO Visian ICL does not remove any tissue from the cornea. Instead, it is an additive lens that functions concurrently with your natural lens.

The EVO Visian ICL lens functions much like any other lens, correcting how light refracts before it passes through your eye. The only real difference is that you’ll have the lens implanted within your eye, right above your natural lens.

This way, you never need to change the lens like traditional contact lenses. It will effectively allow you to see clearly without any visual aids. Who wouldn’t relish the opportunity to say goodbye to glasses and contact lenses for good?


To have the EVO Visian ICL implanted is a straightforward outpatient procedure. Before the procedure begins, you’ll have your eyes numbed with eye drops to prevent any pain.

Your surgeon starts by creating a small incision in your eye. After creating the incision, they fold up and insert the EVO Visian ICL through the incision. The ICL unfurls, where your surgeon positions it appropriately.

There are no stitches due to the size of the incision. Your eye will heal on its own during the recovery process.

If necessary, you can remove the ICL by undergoing a similar procedure. However, most patients rarely choose to remove the EVO Visian ICL.

Knowing the procedure is reversible can give patients peace of mind, but most people who get the EVO Visian ICL report immense satisfaction with their results. The EVO Visian ICL is meant to remain in your eye permanently without removal.

One of the only reasons you may want to have your EVO Visian ICL removed is if you ever need cataract surgery. Cataract surgery removes your natural lens and replaces it with an intraocular lens, or IOL.

An IOL is an artificial lens. With an IOL, there’s no need for both an IOL and an ICL. The intraocular lens can correct your vision, especially if you choose a premium lens that addresses presbyopia. In this case, you’ll have the EVO Visian ICL removed and replaced with an IOL.

Other Benefits

The EVO Visian ICL can give you the clear vision of your dreams and eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses. It’s entirely reversible, but it also has other benefits.

Because the lens is biocompatible, patients don’t experience as many dry eye symptoms as they would with other laser vision correction procedures like LASIK. You may find out you don’t qualify for LASIK, but you’re better suited for the EVO Visian ICL.

One reason may be because your corneas are too thin. LASIK requires creating a flap in the cornea, so if it is too thin, it’s unsafe to have LASIK. EVO Visian ICL doesn’t require a flap and, in fact, barely disturbs your cornea at all, so it’s safe for patients with thin corneas.

Because of that and the lower incidence of dry eye, EVO Visian ICL is an excellent alternative to LASIK. It also can correct nearsightedness to an even higher degree than LASIK.

If you’re highly nearsighted, EVO Visian ICL may be one of the best vision correction procedures to improve your vision!

EVO Visian ICL Candidates

To be a good candidate for EVO Visian ICL, you should be in good health and have no pre-existing eye conditions besides a refractive error. You also shouldn’t be pregnant or breastfeeding.

Patients need to be over 21 and preferably under 45 (if you’re over 45, you may be better suited for Refractive Lens Exchange or another procedure to treat presbyopia). You also should be nearsighted or have mild astigmatism, as the EVO Visian ICL can only correct these refractive errors and can’t correct farsightedness.

The EVO Visian ICL is especially beneficial for patients with a history of dry eye and those who don’t qualify for LASIK due to extreme nearsightedness or corneas that are too thin. It’s also great even if you qualify for LASIK or other vision correction procedures because it doesn’t have to be permanent.

While you likely won’t want to have your ICL removed, the option is always there, and that fact can be comforting to patients who are nervous about permanently altering their vision.

Are you ready to find out if you’re a good candidate for the EVO Visian ICL? Schedule your appointment at New England Eye Center in Boston, MA, now! Haven’t you waited long enough to experience visual freedom?

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