EVO ICL Recovery Timeline: What to Expect After Surgery

What is EVO ICL Surgery?

EVO ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) surgery is an advanced refractive eye procedure that corrects vision problems such as nearsightedness and astigmatism. It’s a surgical procedure our expert refractive surgeons have been carefully trained in, with excellent results. 

Unlike LASIK, which reshapes the cornea, EVO ICL surgery involves implanting a small, flexible lens inside the eye in front of the natural lens. This lens, called an Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL), works to improve your vision without permanently altering the structure of your eye. The implantable lens is a safe option for many patients who are not eligible for LASIK because of a high prescription or thin cornea, for example keratoconus patients.

EVO ICL surgery is a safe and effective alternative to glasses or contact lenses, offering many benefits, including:

  • Improved visual acuity
  • Reduced dependence on corrective eyewear
  • Excellent night vision and contrast sensitivity
  • Reversibility, as the ICL can be removed if needed

If you’re considering EVO ICL surgery, it’s important to understand the recovery process and what to expect during your healing journey.

EVO ICL Surgery Recovery Process

The EVO ICL surgery recovery process typically involves several steps, each with its own timeline and considerations. Here’s a general overview of what you can expect:

  1. Immediate Post-Op: Immediately after your EVO ICL procedure, your eye will be covered with a protective shield, and you may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity to light. You’ll be given medication to minimize the discomfort and a few hours after the procedure, we’ll give your eyes a brief exam before you head home. Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your eye during this initial recovery period.
  2. First Few Days: In the first few days after your surgery, you can expect some blurry vision, mild discomfort, and light sensitivity. Your surgeon will prescribe eye drops to help manage any discomfort and prevent infection.
  3. First Week: During the first week, your vision should start to stabilize, and the discomfort and light sensitivity should gradually subside. You’ll need to continue using the prescribed eye drops and follow your surgeon’s instructions for caring for your eye. Usually, we also schedule a follow up examination one week after the procedure.
  4. First Month: Over the course of the first month, your vision will continue to improve, and you’ll likely notice a significant enhancement in your visual acuity. At the one month mark, you’ll come in for another follow up appointment. Your ophthalmologist will monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.
  5. Long-Term Recovery: While the initial recovery period is relatively short, it can take a few months for your vision to fully stabilize. During this time, you may experience some fluctuations in your vision, but these should gradually subside as your eye adapts to the new lens. Depending on your specific needs, a laser enhancement can be applied to your EVO ICL between the one and three-month exams.

Remember, everyone’s recovery timeline may vary, and it’s essential to follow your surgeon’s instructions closely to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.

Managing Discomfort and Pain After EVO ICL Surgery

While EVO ICL surgery is generally a comfortable procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort or pain during the initial recovery period. Here are some tips to help you manage any discomfort:

  1. Use Prescribed Eye Drops: Your surgeon will provide you with specific eye drops to help reduce inflammation, prevent infection, and alleviate any discomfort. Follow the instructions carefully and use the drops as directed.
  2. Avoid Strenuous Activities: During the first few days after your surgery, it’s important to avoid any strenuous activities or heavy lifting, as this can increase pressure on your eye and cause discomfort.
  3. Practice Good Eye Hygiene: Keeping your eye clean and protected is essential during the recovery process. Gently clean your eye as directed by your surgeon and avoid touching or rubbing it.

Your doctor may recommend other pain management methods as well, such as OTC pain medication or cold compresses, depending on your specific needs. Remember, if you experience persistent or severe pain, or if your discomfort worsens, be sure to contact your surgeon right away for further guidance and treatment.

Potential Risks and Side Effects of EVO ICL Surgery

Like any surgical procedure, EVO ICL surgery carries some potential risks and side effects. While the majority of patients experience a smooth and successful recovery, it’s important to be aware of the possible complications, which may include:

  • Glare and Halos: In some cases, patients may notice increased glare or halos around lights, especially at night. This is usually temporary and often resolves over time.
  • Infection or Inflammation: There is a small risk of infection or inflammation after any eye surgery, which can be mitigated by following your surgeon’s instructions for eye care and using the prescribed eye drops.
  • Cataract Formation: In rare cases, the ICL may interact with the natural lens, leading to the development of cataracts. Your surgeon will monitor this and may recommend removal or replacement of the ICL if necessary.
  • Increased intraocular pressure: In rare cases, the ICL may slow down or prevent the drainage of the natural fluid inside the eye causing an increase in intraocular eye pressure. Frequently, this increase in eye pressure is temporary and can be managed with eye drops. Your surgeon will monitor this and may recommend removal or replacement of the ICL if necessary.
  • Vision Fluctuations: During the initial recovery period, you may experience some fluctuations in your vision, which should stabilize within the first few months.

It’s important to discuss these potential risks and side effects with your surgeon before your EVO ICL procedure. They can provide you with a more detailed understanding of the risks and help you make an informed decision about your treatment.

Tips for a Smooth EVO ICL Surgery Recovery

To ensure a smooth and successful recovery from your EVO ICL surgery, here are some helpful tips:

  1. Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions: Closely follow the instructions provided by your surgeon regarding eye care, medication use, and activity restrictions. This will help ensure a safe and efficient recovery.
  2. Rest and Relax: During the first few days after your surgery, it’s important to get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activities. This will help your eye heal and minimize any discomfort.
  3. Protect Your Eyes: Wear the protective eye shield provided by your surgeon, especially when sleeping, to prevent accidental eye rubbing or injury.
  4. Attend All Follow-Up Appointments: Regular check-ups with your surgeon are essential to monitor your progress and address any concerns or issues that may arise during your recovery.
  5. Be Patient: Remember that the recovery process can take several months, and it’s important to be patient and allow your eye to fully adapt to the new ICL.
  6. Communicate with Your Surgeon: If you experience any unexpected symptoms or have concerns during your recovery, don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon. They can provide guidance and, if necessary, adjust your treatment plan.

By following these tips and working closely with your surgeon, you can help ensure a smooth and successful EVO ICL surgery recovery.


If you’re considering EVO ICL surgery to improve your vision, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced eye surgeons today. They can evaluate your specific needs and provide personalized guidance on the procedure and recovery process. Take the first step towards clear, comfortable vision and a life less dependent on corrective eyewear.

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