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Modern Implantable Contact Lens Surgery

Our SharpeVision Chicago team of eye experts is bringing the the newest Implantable Contact Lenses and ICL surgery techniques paired with the most modern technology to everyone. The EVO ICL is now approved by the FDA, and SharpeVision is one of the first clinics to offer this advanced lens technology!

Permanent Contact Lenses

Welcome to the future of ICL Surgery.

ICL stands for implantable collamer lens. The Visian® EVO ICL™ is made of collamer, which works in harmony with your natural eye, and is implanted into the eye to correct moderate to severe nearsightedness, with or without astigmatism. The EVO ICL is an advanced vision-correction option that is growing in popularity with more than 1 million lenses implanted worldwide since it was approved in 2005, with a 99% satisfaction rate.

Personalization

If you are over the age of 21 and extremely nearsighted, you may be a candidate for the EVO ICL. This procedure is able to treat a range of patients from low to extremely high refractive errors (-3 to -15 diopters) and is especially beneficial to those with thin corneas. It is preferable that the patient has not undergone any ophthalmic surgery and does not have a history of eye disease such as iritis, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy. We always perform a complete eye examination as part of our free vision consultation to determine the best vision-correction option for you.

Precision

The EVO ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) is made of 100% biocompatible collagen copolymer that provides UV protection and permanent vision correction. Additionally, the EVO ICL procedure does not permanently alter the shape of your cornea. There is no maintenance associated with the lens, and it is intended to remain in place as long as you are satisfied with your vision. If for any reason it needed to be removed, it can be. The EVO ICL procedure is an outpatient procedure that generally takes 15 minutes per eye. Prior to the procedure you will receive numbing drops. We will create a painless 3 mm incision to insert the folded lens into the eye. Once the lens is inside the eye, it unfolds, is positioned, and the procedure is complete. Patients usually experience an immediate improvement in vision, although the vision will improve for days to weeks afterward.

Performance

The EVO ICL is positioned behind the iris (the colored part of the eye) where it is invisible to both you and others. It’s designed to be completely inert after it is implanted. It stays in position by itself and does not interact with any of the structures of the eye, so you are not aware that it’s there except that you see clearly without glasses or contacts. The EVO ICL received approval from the FDA in 2005 for a wide range of myopic (nearsightedness) correction needs. Although the lens is intended to remain in place permanently, a surgeon can remove the implant if necessary. And because your cornea is in its natural state, you’re able to pursue other vision-correction options if needed.

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If you are over the age of 21 and are extremely nearsighted or have thin corneas, you may be a candidate for the Visian ICL. There are some conditions that exclude certain patients. Take the quiz to see if ICL is right for you.

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Testimonials

If you are considering LASIK, I highly recommend Dr. Sharpe and SharpeVision Modern LASIK, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made!

Sam — Chicago

The whole process from the consultation to the post-operation appointment have been smooth and helpful. The office is welcoming, warm and an overall great environment.

Paulina — Chicago

Dr. Sharpe, Dr. Ganesh and Marina were all wonderful. I highly recommend SharpeVision to anyone sick of glasses and contacts.

Jon — Chicago

I felt safe under Dr. Sharpe’s care. If you’re considering LASIK, it’s imperative you see Dr. Sharpe.

Alysha — Chicago

Dr. Sharpe was very nice and took the time to make sure I understood everything that would go on during the procedure.

Alexandra — Chicago

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Comprehensive Exam

A comprehensive, dilated examination is the only way to know which vision-correction procedure is best for you. We do this at no charge because we believe so strongly in giving patients all the information necessary to make the right treatment choice. While your exam involves comprehensive diagnostic testing, it is also our opportunity to learn more about you, your expectations, and your lifestyle. All of these factors play an important role in recommending the best procedure for you:

The complete exam can take up to 90 minutes. After all the data is collected, our doctor will examine you, discuss the treatment recommendation, and answer any questions you have. Your visit will include dilation of your pupils, which will affect your eyesight for about 4-6 hours, as you may have experienced with a routine eye exam.

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FAQs

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No, the laser can’t burn a hole in your eye. But it’s a good question. Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions at SharpeVision. Some of them may surprise you!

  • Can I schedule my surgery online?

    We currently don’t have an option to book your surgery online. If you have already been approved as a candidate for laser eye surgery, please call us to schedule your surgery. If you have not yet had your free eye exam and consultation, you can book that online by clicking the “Book an Appointment” button at the bottom of this page.

  • Which insurance plans cover some or all of the cost of laser eye surgery?

    Most insurance/vision plans do not pay towards LASIK or PRK, but we do honor the discount from EyeMed, VSP, and Davis, so that if you’re a member, your out of pocket expense will be the same. Always check with your insurance carrier or health benefits administrator before coming in for your exam. A few forward-thinking companies are currently paying for some or all of their employees’ LASIK, PRK, and ICL including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Adaptive Biotech, and Zillow in Seattle.

     

  • Can I use my HSA/FSA to pay for all or part of the cost of LASIK? How does it work?

    Yes, and we encourage it! You can use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) as payment for your surgery. This program allows you to put tax-free money from your earnings into an account that can be used to pay for medical expenses including LASIK, PRK, and ICL. It’s like getting a discount equal to your tax rate, for example: If your employment earnings are taxed at 20% and you LASIK cost is $3000, you will actually need to earn $3600 to pay for your surgery. Conversely, if you place a portion of your earnings into a HSA/FSA, that money will not be taxed like the rest of your paycheck, and you will only need to earn $3000 for your surgery. It’s like getting a 20% discount! I am such a fan of this program, and we try to educate all of our patients about this payment option during their consult.

  • What are the risks involved with laser eye surgery?

    The most common risk with laser eye surgery is developing blur due to dry eyes or needing more laser, due to residual prescription. Experiencing blur in the first weeks to several months post-operatively is almost always one of two things: dry eyes- which almost everyone has temporarily to some degree and blurs vision intermittently, but is temporary; and residual prescription that will require a little more laser to improve clarity. Less than 2% of all patients in our practice end up needing more laser. The risk of needing more laser increases in our older patients (over 45 years old) and with higher degrees of astigmatism and nearsightedness (over -6 diopters of nearsightedness and over -1.5 diopters of astigmatism). In terms of infection, the risks of laser vision correction are lower than wearing contact lenses. And after the surgery, your chances of infection over you lifetime go down even lower since you are no longer putting contacts in your eyes.

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