EVO Visian ICL™ Lens

At Montgomery Eye Care, our highly experienced team provides excellent care in a comfortable environment to ensure our patients in Denver, Northglenn, Westminster and surrounding areas are able to achieve better vision and improved quality of life. One innovative vision correction procedure we are especially proud to offer is the EVO Visian ICL, which can significantly improve our patients’ vision even if they are not candidates for other procedures like LASIK.1

What is the EVO Visian ICL

The EVO Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer® Lens), a lens implant that is micro-thin and 100% compatible with the human body. The removable EVO Visian ICL is placed in front of the eye’s natural lens to correct astigmatism and nearsightedness (myopia). Not only does the EVO Visian ICL help many of our patients achieve vision so sharp that they can reduce or even eliminate the use of glasses or contact lenses,2 but it also provides UV protection and is a great solution for patients who may not qualify for other vision correction procedures due to thin corneas or dry eyes.
Close-up of Visian ICL implant.
Visian ICL implants improve vision for patients with nearsightedness

Benefits of EVO Visian ICL

More than 1 million EVO Visian ICL lenses have been implanted worldwide3, and this popularity is due to the many benefits patients enjoy, such as:
  • Significantly improved vision4
  • Fast, comfortable procedure
  • Quick recovery
  • Works in harmony with the eye, 100% biocompatible
  • The eye is not permanently reshaped with EVO Visian ICL placement
  • Suitable for patients with thin corneas5
  • Does not cause dry eye syndrome6
  • Excellent night vision7
  • Built-in UV protection

Graphic depicting the placement of the EVO ICL lens


Who is a Candidate for EVO Visian ICL?

When you come to Montgomery Eye Care for a vision correction consultation, Dr. Jim Montgomery will evaluate your eye health and discuss your vision needs. Even if you don’t qualify for other vision correction surgery procedures like LASIK because you have thin corneas or larger corrections, you could still be a candidate for EVO Visian ICL. In general, candidates for EVO Visian ICL:
  • Are between the ages of 21 and 45
  • Have nearsightedness (myopia) or astigmatism
  • Have a steady eye prescription (no changes for at least one year
  • Are ready to see the world clearly with little to no dependence on glasses or contacts

Compared to other ICLs, Visian ICL implants are flexible, foldable, and easily inserted through small incisions, which promote quick recovery and results. They are also biocompatible with UV protection, which provides a safe and effective treatment for restoring your vision.


EVO Visian ICL Surgery: What to Expect

The EVO Visian ICL procedure takes only 20-30 minutes per eye and is performed at our accredited ambulatory surgery center, The Eye Surgery Center of Colorado. The procedure and recovery are associated with little to no discomfort in most cases. Before the procedure begins, you will be offered intravenous medicine to help with anxiety and to keep you comfortable during the surgery. Anesthetic eye drops will be applied to help ensure your comfort. Dr. Montgomery will use a device called a speculum to hold your eyes open so you won’t need to worry about blinking. Dr. Montgomery creates a tiny opening and positions the Implantable Collamer Lens in front of the natural lens of your eye. After a brief recovery period, you will be ready to be driven home by a family member or friend.

EVO Visian ICL Recovery and Results

Most of Dr. Montgomery’s patients need very little downtime after their EVO ICLs are placed. You will notice an improvement in your vision on the day of your procedure! Scientific research shows that most patients report a very high rate of satisfaction regarding the results of their EVO Visian ICL procedure.8  

Frequently Asked Questions About EVO Visian ICL


Will I be able to feel the implanted lens in my eye? Will other people be able to see it?

The answer to both of these questions is no. Once it is implanted, the EVO Visian ICL feels no different than your natural eye and observers won’t be able to see it. Unlike contact lenses, you will not be able to feel the lens.

Will I need reading glasses after my EVO Visian ICL placement?

EVO Visian ICL is designed to treat nearsightedness and astigmatism. It is possible that later in life you may need reading glasses after placement because age-related near vision loss (presbyopia) is a normal part of the eye’s aging process that affects everybody beginning in their 40’s.

Is the EVO Visian ICL safe?

The EVO Visian ICL has been proven safe and effective by a number of studies that led to its approval by the FDA. Even so, there are risks and complications associated with any surgical procedure. Complications and side effects of the EVO Visian ICL, though rare, may include:
  • Inflammation
  • Increased eye pressure
  • Cataracts
  • The need for further surgical procedures9

Why Choose Dr. Montgomery for EVO Visian ICL?

When you are considering the health of your eyes, it is important that you feel absolutely confident in your ophthalmologist’s experience and skill. Dr. Jim Montgomery has helped thousands of patients achieve clearer vision, both here at Montgomery Eye Care and at the 20/20 Institute. He has earned a stellar reputation in Denver, Northglenn, Westminster and throughout Colorado for his expertise and technical precision, and he has founded his practice on the belief that each of his patients deserves nothing less than the highest quality of care and personalized attention. To learn more about how Dr. Montgomery can help you see the world more clearly, please contact us to schedule an EVO Visian ICL consultation.
1 Parkhurst GD, Psolka M, Kezirian GM. Phakic intraocular lens implantation in United States military warfighters: a retrospective analysis of early clinical outcomes of the Visian ICL. J Refract Surg. 2011 Jul;27(7):473-81. doi: 10.3928/1081597X-20110106-03. Epub 2011 Jan 17. PMID: 21243974. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21243974/. Accessed October 4, 2021.
2 Sanders D, Vukich JA. Comparison of implantable collamer lens (ICL) and laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for low myopia. Cornea. 2006 Dec;25(10):1139-46. doi: 10.1097/ICO.0b013e31802cbf3c. PMID: 17172886. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17172886/. Accessed October 4, 2022.
3 Sanders D, Vukich JA. Comparison of implantable collamer lens (ICL) and laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for low myopia. Cornea. 2006 Dec;25(10):1139-46. doi: 10.1097/ICO.0b013e31802cbf3c. PMID: 17172886. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17172886/. Accessed October 4, 2022.
4 Igarashi A, Kamiya K, Shimizu K, Komatsu M. Visual performance after implantable collamer lens implantation and wavefront-guided laser in situ keratomileusis for high myopia. Am J Ophthalmol. 2009 Jul;148(1):164-70.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2009.02.001. Epub 2009 Apr 17. PMID: 19375059. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19375059/. Accessed October 4, 2022.
5 Gimbel HV, Ziémba SL. Management of myopic astigmatism with phakic intraocular lens implantation. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2002 May;28(5):883-6. doi: 10.1016/s0886-3350(01)01098-7. PMID: 11978472. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11978472/. Accessed October 4, 2022.
6 Ganesh S, Brar S, Pawar A. Matched population comparison of visual outcomes and patient satisfaction between 3 modalities for the correction of low to moderate myopic astigmatism. Clin Ophthalmol. 2017 Jul 3;11:1253-1263. doi: 10.2147/OPTH.S127101. PMID: 28740361; PMCID: PMC5505606. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28740361/. Accessed October 4, 2022.
7 Martínez-Plaza E, López-Miguel A, López-de la Rosa A, McAlinden C, Fernández I, Maldonado MJ. Effect of the EVO+ Visian Phakic Implantable Collamer Lens on Visual Performance and Quality of Vision and Life. Am J Ophthalmol. 2021 Jun;226:117-125. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2021.02.005. Epub 2021 Feb 9. PMID: 33577790. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33577790/. Accessed October 4, 2022.
8 Bamashmus MA, Al-Arabi AH, Alawad MA. Visual outcomes and patient satisfaction after implantable collamer lens and Toric implantable collamer lens correction for moderate to high myopia and myopic astigmatism. Saudi Med J. 2013 Sep;34(9):913-9. PMID: 24043002. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24043002/. Accessed October 4, 2022.
9 Staar Surgical. EVO Visian ICL Safety Information. Available: https://us.discovericl.com/safety-information. Accessed October 4, 2022.
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The team at Montgomery Eye Care has over 20 years of experience and has performed tens of thousands of surgeries with outstanding results. Dr. Jim Montgomery is a member of various prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons

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