EVO ICL™ (“Implantable Collamer® Lens”)

The EVO ICL™ (Implantable Collamer® Lens) (nicknamed as “implantable contact lens” or “insertable contact lens”) procedure corrects common vision problems, such as nearsightedness (myopia) with or without astigmatism.

These “implantable contact lenses” were designed for people who want to experience life without using glasses or contacts.

And our world-class eye doctors of Atlanta have extensive experience with EVO ICL , which is the newest technology by STAAR® Surgical.

Meet our doctors who specialize in EVO ICL:

Dr. Byron "Trip" Cook HeadshotByron “Trip” Cook, MD
Referral Ophthalmologist

Dr. Jason S. Brody - Eye surgeon in Atlanta, Cumming, Lawrenceville, and Snellville, Georgia. Specializing in Cataract and Cornea treatments.Jason S. Brody, MD
Referral Ophthalmologist

Dr. Lauren Dyak - Optometrist serving Atlanta, Cumming, and Lawrenceville, Georgia. Specializing in LASIK, Keratoconus, PRK, and Dry Eye.Lauren Dyak, OD
Director, Woolfson Dry Eye Clinic MD

Dr. Gabriela "Gaby" Gutierrez - Optometrist serving many locations in Georgia, including Atlanta, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Douglasville, Canton, and Snellville. Specializing in LASIK consultations.Gabriela “Gaby” Gutierrez, OD
Associate Optometrist

Kevin Jackson, DOKevin Jackson, DO
Referral Ophthalmologist

Dr. Eric Jennings HeadshotEric Jennings, MD
Referral Ophthalmologist

Dr. Tom Spetalnick - Eye doctor serving Atlanta, Cumming, and Lawrenceville, Georgia. Specializing in LASIK, Keratoconus, and PRK treatments.Tom Spetalnick, OD
Clinical Director

Alina Usataia - Optometrist serving multiple locations in Georgia, including Atlanta, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Douglasville, Canton, and Snellville. Specializing in LASIK consultations.Alina Usataia, OD
Associate Optometrist

Dr. Benjamin WilsonBenjamin Wilson, MD
LASIK & Cataract Specialist

Krishma Zaver - Optometrist serving multiple locations in Georgia, including Atlanta, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Douglasville, Canton, and Snellville. Specializing in LASIK consultations.Krishma Zaver, OD
Associate Optometrist

Dr. Leo Zlotcavitch HeadshotLeo Zlotcavitch, MD
Referral Ophthalmologist

EVO ICL is the newest ICL technology when it comes to offering our patients an alternative to prescription eyeglasses or contacts. Some patients who have severe myopia also benefit greatly from EVO ICL.

Join over one million people worldwide who have benefited from EVO ICL.

To find out if EVO ICL is right for you, schedule your appointment here with Woolfson Eye Institute or call one of our offices nearest you (our list of offices can be found here).


EVO ICL Procedure – What to Expect

EVO ICL is made of biocompatible Collamer material that works in harmony with your eye.

Unlike contact lenses that go on the surface of the eye, the EVO ICL is positioned inside the eye between the iris (the colored part of the eye) and the natural lens where it stays for permanent vision correction.

For peace of mind, the EVO ICL can also be removed by our doctor, if needed or desired.

  • During the minimally invasive procedure, our eye doctor will create a small opening in the cornea that will be used to insert and position the EVO ICL.
  • The procedure is typically painless since we use numbing eye drops.
  • The entire procedure typically takes less than 20 – 30 minutes.

You can experience improved vision right away and a quick recovery time.

EVO ICL: See The World As It Was Meant To Be Seen


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Benefits of EVO ICL

There are many things that sets the EVO ICL apart from other vision correction procedures. A few of those benefits include:

  • 99% patient satisfaction
  • 20-30 minute procedure
  • Quick recovery time
  • 2,000,000 procedures worldwide
  • Removable by our eye doctors
  • Great for those with thin corneas 6, 7
  • In harmony with your natural eyes (does not require corneal tissue removal)
  • Offers UV protection


  • Offers excellent night vision
  • Treats moderate to high myopia (nearsightedness) with or without astigmatism
  • Does not contribute to dry eye syndrome like other vision correction procedures
  • Great for patients who aren’t candidates for LASIK (or other vision correction procedures) due to having thin corneas

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What is the main benefit of the EVO ICL lens?

The main benefit is to permanently correct or reduce nearsightedness (myopia) and to treat astigmatism. Patients love the fact that they no longer have to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. 

What is the EVO ICL lens made of?

It is made from a material called Collamer®, which is a combination of material similar to contact lenses plus a collagen co-polymer (proprietary to STAAR Surgical). The EVO lens also contains an ultraviolet light filter. 

Can the EVO lens be removed from the eye?

It is designed to stay in place without much maintenance. It can only be removed, if necessary, by an eye doctor. 

Can other people see the EVO lens if I get the procedure done?

No! The EVO lens gets placed behind the iris, which is the colored part of the eye. It will be invisible to yourself and to others. 

Will I feel the EVO lens once my eye doctor places it in my eye?

The EVO lens typically isn’t felt/noticeable after our eye doctor implants it. It will not move around once we implant the lens. 

Video Resources – Common EVO Questions

Is EVO ICL Right for You? Call Us Today!

EVO ICL is well-suited for a wide variety of people. If you’ve been told you are not a candidate for LASIK or other laser vision correction procedures, these “implantable contact lenses” may be your best option.

Or if you have been told your corneas are too thin, then EVO ICL may be a good choice for you.

Ideal candidates for EVO ICL are aged 21 to 45 with nearsightedness and have maintained a stable prescription for at least one year.

EVO ICL is not an option for patients who are pregnant, nursing, or if you have a history of eye disease.

If you are seeking a solution to decrease or eliminate the cost or frustration of traditional contacts or glasses, EVO ICL may be your answer. Contact our eye doctors in Atlanta to schedule an appointment for EVO ICL.

Dr. Byron Cook talks about EVO ICL™

Dr. Byron Cook talks about EVO ICL™

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