While contact lenses and glasses help millions of people around the world see more clearly, some patients want to do away with the financial burden of these interventions and overcome their vision issues through LASIK surgery. Other treatments, such as EVO ICL, are also a good option, leaving patients conflicted over which one is best for them. Having a good understanding of both treatments can help patients make informed decisions for themselves.
To achieve your goal of better vision, refer to an ophthalmologist who has expertise in providing both services. Dr. Giyaur and the team at NY Laser Vision have performed these treatments on countless patients from all over the New York metropolitan area. They work with patients to explain the benefits of both procedures.
How LASIK works
LASIK is a widely known procedure that can correct vision by reshaping the cornea. It is FDA-approved and offers freedom from glasses and contact lenses. This surgery is recommended for individuals with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
The LASIK treatment consists of two steps. Firstly, the surgeon uses a laser to create a transparent corneal flap, which takes only about six seconds. Then, another laser is used to reshape the cornea and correct the vision. Once the treatment is finished, the corneal flap returns to its original position and acts as a natural bandage. The use of anesthetic eye drops during the procedure ensures a comfortable and pain-free experience.
What is EVO ICL?
EVO ICL is a revolutionary vision correction method that involves the implantation of an ultra-thin collagen lens. This lens, made with utmost precision and utilizing collagen, provides patients with the remarkable ability to wake up with clear vision. The implantable collamer lens (ICL) is seamlessly integrated into the patient's body, making it virtually undetectable to touch or in the mirror. Its exceptional compatibility with the body's natural chemistry ensures that the patient's immune system remains completely unaware of its existence. It is primarily designed to help patients struggling with myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism.
The recovery time for LASIK and EVO ICL surgery is often brief, which is advantageous for individuals with busy lifestyles. In most cases, patients can return to their regular activities within a few days after the procedure. However, it is important to refrain from strenuous exercise for at least one week and avoid swimming for several weeks to ensure proper healing.
- Suitable candidates for EVO ICL are typically between 21 and 45 years old, with a stable prescription for at least one year.
- To be eligible for LASIK, individuals must be at least 18 years old, have a stable prescription for at least one year, be in good overall health, and have no history of eye diseases.
- LASIK is often the preferred treatment option for eligible candidates due to its less invasive nature and cost-effectiveness.
- According to the Refractive Surgery Council, less than one percent of LASIK patients experience complications. Temporary side effects such as dry eyes, light sensitivity, and halos may occur.
What is the takeaway?
Ultimately, patients will need to consider their individual issues when choosing between EVO ICL and LASIK. While both treatments are designed to address astigmatism and nearsightedness, only LASIK can treat farsightedness. Patients who are comfortable with a foreign object being placed in their eye will fare well with EVO ICL, while those who prefer to avoid such protocols will likely prefer LASIK.
When choosing between these treatments, it is vital that patients consult with a highly skilled team of eye specialists. At NY Laser Vision, our doctors have carried out both procedures extensively and possess a wealth of knowledge on various eye conditions. We can help you determine what is right for you and get you seeing clearly again in no time.