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The Implantable Collamer Lens with a central port: review of the literature

Authors Packer M

Received 26 September 2018

Accepted for publication 2 November 2018

Published 27 November 2018 Volume 2018:12 Pages 2427—2438

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S188785

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Mark Packer

Mark Packer MD Consulting, Inc., Boulder, CO, USA

Abstract: The purpose of this review is to summarize preclinical and clinical data from publications appearing in the peer-reviewed scientific literature relevant to the safety and effectiveness of the EVO Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) posterior chamber phakic refractive lens with a central port (V4c Visian ICL with KS Aquaport, STAAR Surgical, Inc.). A literature search was conducted using PubMed.gov to identify all articles relating to the EVO ICL. Articles were examined for their relevance, and the references cited in each article were also searched for additional relevant publications. On the basis of a total of 67 preclinical studies and clinical reports, including effectiveness data on 1,905 eyes with average weighted follow-up of 12.5 months and safety data on 4,196 eyes with weighted average follow up of 14.0 months, the EVO ICL is safe and effective for the correction of a broad range of refractive errors. High levels of postoperative uncorrected visual acuity, refractive predictability, and stability demonstrate the effectiveness of the EVO ICL. Safety data suggest reduced rates of anterior subcapsular cataract and pupillary block compared with earlier models. Improved safety and proven effectiveness make EVO an attractive option for surgeons and patients.

Keywords: myopia, astigmatism, hyperopia, phakic refractive lens

Introduction

The EVO Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL Model V4c; STAAR Surgical, Monrovia, CA, USA), which has been commercially available since 2011, is a single piece posterior chamber phakic refractive intraocular lens designed with a central port to eliminate the need for iridotomy or iridectomy that was required by earlier implantable collamer lens (ICL) models. The central port functions by allowing sufficient aqueous flow from the posterior chamber to the anterior chamber to maintain the normal physiology of the anterior segment of the eye.

Sizing, vault, and safety

Historically, concerns related to ICL safety have included sizing methodology because of the relationship of excessive or insufficient vault to adverse events such as lens exchange or explantation, pupillary block, endothelial cell loss, pigment dispersion, elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), and cataract. Sizing represents the methodology by which the appropriate overall lens diameter is selected for implantation in order to achieve a safe level of vault, which is the axial distance between the ICL and the crystalline lens. Sizing applies equally to older lens designs without the central port and to the EVO ICL. Authors have suggested alternatives to the most commonly used method of sizing, which is based on the horizontal corneal white-to-white (WTW) distance and the anterior chamber depth (ACD). These alternative methods include the use of ultrasound biomicroscopy to measure the sulcus-to-sulcus (STS) distance. However, a meta-analysis of published results has demonstrated that “sulcus-to-sulcus and white-to-white measurement-based sizing methods result neither in clinically meaningful nor statistically significant differences in vault (two-sample two-sided t-test using pooled mean and SDs; t (2,594)=1.33; P=0.18).”1 Therefore, the clinical outcomes achieved by the different sizing methodologies appear to be the same.

The degree of variation in vault is independent of sizing methodology and is related to the interaction of the lens implant with the anatomy and physiology of the posterior chamber. As noted, “In summary, neither clinically meaningful nor statistically significant difference in achieved vault differentiates WTW- and STS-based sizing methodologies. No methodology has proven superior to WTW-based sizing in terms of the predictability of vault, and sizing based on WTW and ACD remains the most popular and best-studied technique. While the quest for improved predictability of vault based on different imaging technologies may appear to represent an appealing endeavor, it has resulted neither in a demonstrable reduction in the variability of achieved vault nor in the already low rate of vault-related adverse events that occur following ICL implantation.”1

Postapproval study of the visian MICL: implications for safety of the EVO ICL

Long-term data now available from a Post Approval Study (PAS) of the Implantable Collamer Lens for Myopia (MICL) conducted under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have provided additional information on safety in regard to the incidence of cataract, elevated IOP, and endothelial cell loss.2 The MICL is an earlier version of the ICL, which does not feature a central port and therefore requires the construction of laser iridotomies or a surgical iridectomy to preserve the flow of aqueous from the posterior to the anterior chamber. Nevertheless, the findings of this study regarding vault-related adverse events may be applicable to the EVO ICL, because a meta-analysis has demonstrated that the achieved vault of the EVO ICL and the achieved vault of earlier models without the central port such as the MICL “are not statistically significantly different (two-sample two-sided t-test using pooled means and SDs; t (2,594)=−1.70; P=0.09). The 95% confidence interval for the difference (V4c minus others) was found to be −3 to 42 μm.”1

Cataract

In the MICL PAS, the incidence of anterior subcapsular (ASC) cataract was studied in 526 eyes of 294 patients, followed for up to 7.5 years, including 334 eyes available for analysis at 5 or more years. Over that period of time, a total of 31 eyes developed ASC opacities; however, only 5 of these eyes developed visually significant ASC cataracts. Per eye at 5 years, the risk of developing any ASC opacity was 6.1% and the risk of developing a visually significant ASC cataract was 1.2%. In regard to the incidence of cataract, evidence shows that older age and higher levels of myopia represent risk factors; thus, patient selection can reduce this risk.2

The risk of cataract may also be reduced by the new central port design of the EVO ICL. No visually significant cataracts have been reported to date following EVO implantation with up to 5 years of follow-up, and the incidence of nonvisually significant ASC opacities has remained low.1 Preclinical studies described below suggest that the central port helps to maintain the health of the crystalline lens by allowing physiologic flow of aqueous humor across the anterior lens capsule.

IOP

The incidence of elevated IOP requiring treatment, especially in the immediate postoperative period when pupillary block has been reported, is another important safety concern. In the MICL PAS clinical trial, there were 17 cases of pupillary block out of 526 eyes implanted (3.2%). All cases were treated successfully with neodymium: yttrium aluminum garnet laser iridotomy.2 There were also three eyes with elevated IOP due to retained ophthalmic viscosurgical device (viscoelastic, OVD), all of which resolved after irrigation and aspiration. The risk of elevated IOP in the early postoperative period can be mitigated by proper surgical technique because it depends on construction of iridotomies of adequate size and thorough removal of OVD.

The risk of elevated IOP may also be reduced by the central port design: only one case of pupillary block has been reported in the literature we have reviewed, which includes safety data from 4,196 eyes with a weighted average postoperative follow-up of over 1 year.

Endothelial cell loss

Corneal endothelial health was also addressed in the MICL PAS. Based on clinical data collected through 5–7 years postoperative, the calculated chronic rate of loss of endothelial cell density (ECD) was ~1.8% per year. Additional data have been provided in the published literature on the MICL. For example, Moya et al have provided a 12-year retrospective study on 144 eyes implanted with the ICL from 1998 to 2001,3 noting an initial 6.46% decrease in ECD the first year, followed by an annual decrease of 1.20%. These rates should be viewed in the context of the expected age-related loss of ECD, which is 0.6% per year.4 Of note, no cases of corneal decompensation in the absence of trauma have been reported following ICL implantation.5 As shown in the literature discussed below, reported rates of endothelial cell loss with EVO are in a range similar to those observed with the MICL.

The EVO ICL

The EVO ICL Model V4c is a single piece posterior chamber phakic refractive intraocular lens designed with a central convex/concave optical zone diameter of 4.9–5.8 mm and a 360 μm central port. The EVO ICL Model V5 includes a larger optical zone diameter of 5.0–6.1 mm. The central port eliminates the need for iridotomy or iridectomy, which was required by earlier models, because it allows sufficient aqueous flow to maintain the normal physiology of the anterior segment of the eye. The EVO lens is produced from collamer, a proprietary hydroxyethyl methacrylate/porcine-collagen based biocompatible polymer material and an ultraviolet absorbing chromophore.

Literature review

In order to assess preclinical testing and relevant clinical experience with the EVO ICL when used as described in the Directions for Use,6 we performed a literature search with the term “implantable collamer lens” utilizing PubMed.gov. A total of 287 publications were returned and reviewed individually for relevance. Publications were excluded from further review for the following reasons: studies of older ICL models without the central port (128), individual case reports (25), treatment of keratoconus (19), studies of concomitant diagnostic or refractive procedures (13), publications not in English (10), review articles (8), treatment of amblyopia (7), treatment of ametropia following corneal surgery or refractive surgery (5), correspondence (4), treatment of pseudophakic ametropia (4), cataract surgery with ICL explantation (3), and treatment of presbyopia (1). The 60 remaining publications were then selected for examination in detail. References cited in these publications were reviewed for potential relevance and seven publications were additionally reviewed on this basis for a total of 67 peer-reviewed papers examined for this literature review.

Preclinical studies

Laboratory evaluations of the EVO ICL have focused on aqueous humor fluid dynamics and optical effects of the central port.

Fluid dynamics

A preclinical study performed by Fujisawa et al demonstrated that introduction of a central 3.0 mm hole in ICLs implanted in 20 eyes of ten 3-month-old miniature pigs eliminated the development of ASC opacities.7 Shiratani et al noted that “unperforated ICLs cause cataracts, but placing a hole in the center of the optic appears to prevent the development of a secondary cataract. In addition, it was found that, even if the hole diameter is only 1.0 mm, cataracts can be prevented. The mechanism of cataract prevention is considered to be related to the aqueous humor circulation.”8

Kawamorita et al performed a computer simulation of aqueous flow utilizing thermal–hydraulic analysis software. Their results demonstrated increased circulation of aqueous humor to the anterior surface of the crystalline lens when a 0.36 mm central hole was placed in the ICL, supporting the hypothesis that the central hole “may improve aqueous humor circulation, preventing secondary cataracts” as well as eliminating the requirement for laser iridotomy.9 In a second study, these authors determined that the flow around the crystalline lens reached a maximum with a hole size of ~0.4 mm, indicating that “the current model, based on a central hole size of 0.36 mm, was close to ideal.”10 Recently, these authors also reported that “laser iridotomy is unnecessary from the viewpoint of theoretical aqueous circulation” in the presence of a central hole.11 Fernández-Vigo et al reported a full three-dimensional study based on computational fluid dynamics and concluded that “the circulation of aqueous humor is influenced by the type of lens implanted, being more physiological in the central hole model than in the one that requires an iridotomy.”12 These authors more recently provided an interesting theoretical paper describing a model of the circulation of aqueous humor in eyes with and without phakic refractive lenses.13

In summary, preclinical studies demonstrate that the 0.36 mm central port incorporated in the design of EVO provides sufficient aqueous flow to maintain normal fluid dynamics in the eye and improves the circulation of aqueous around the crystalline lens, which may reduce the incidence of cataract formation in comparison to earlier ICL models without the central port.

Optical effects

Uozato et al investigated the optical performance of the Hole ICL for various ICL powers and effective pupil diameters using a model eye composed of a wet cell filled with balanced salt solution.14 Either the conventional ICL or the Hole ICL was placed in the posterior chamber of the model eye. The authors concluded that differences in modulation transfer function (MTF) between the Hole ICL and the conventional ICL for various ICL powers and effective pupil diameters were small and clinically negligible. An investigation into the wavefront aberrations of the ICL with and without the central port was conducted by Perez-Vives et al.15 No statistically significant differences were found between conventional and Hole ICLs at any refractive power and pupil diameter. The authors concluded that “our study shows good and comparable optical quality of conventional and Hole ICLs for all ICL powers evaluated. ICL decentering affects both ICL models evaluated in the same manner. Although coma aberration increased with ICL decentering, these values were clinically negligible and have no significant effect on the visual performance.” Perez-Vives et al used an adaptive optics simulator to study ICL models with and without the central port.16 They found no differences (P>0.05) in visual acuity and contrast sensitivity, regardless of decentration.

In an interesting attempt to study the optical effects of a central port design, Ferrer-Blasco et al performed a single-blind cross-over study comparing a standard contact lens to a perforated contact lens designed to mimic the EVO ICL.17 The authors concluded that “a contact lens having a central hole provides good visual and optical quality outcomes comparable to those yielded by the same lens without a hole. The results suggest that the impact of a central hole may be clinically negligible.”

More recently, Dominguez-Vicent et al investigated the optical properties of the EVO V4c ICL and the EVO V5 ICL, which features an optic diameter up to 6.10 mm depending on the dioptric power. The authors concluded that “patients with larger pupil diameters could benefit from implantation of the V5 model because this pIOL showed excellent in vitro optical quality with a larger optical diameter than its previous design.”18

Noting that previous investigations had examined only on-axis optical quality, Eppig et al performed an optical simulation to determine whether an ICL model with a central hole would induce more photic phenomena compared to one without a hole in response to off-axis light.19 The authors concluded that the central hole may engender stray light and ghost images with off-axis illumination, although on-axis visual quality is unaffected. The authors also noted that “our simulations showed that reflections with negative power ICLs are reduced compared to positive-power ICLs, and that the effect decreases with increasing myopia correction.”19

In summary, optical studies of the EVO ICL have demonstrated that the presence of the central port does not compromise the optical quality of the image as measured by MTF, wavefront aberrometry, or adaptive optics simulation. One study has shown that reflected stray light from eccentric sources may result in positive dysphotopsia.

Clinical studies: effectiveness

Measures of clinical effectiveness include postoperative uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), manifest refractive spherical equivalent (MRSE), refractive predictability, and refractive stability. As of October 2018, a total of 27 peer-reviewed papers have provided effectiveness data for the EVO ICL from prospective or retrospective case series, including data from a total of 1,905 eyes with average weighted follow-up of 12.5 months (Table 1).

Table 1 Measures of effectiveness include the efficacy index, uncorrected visual acuity (expressed as logMAR), and the accuracy of refractive correction expressed as percentages within 0.5 and 1.0 D of target
Abbreviations: NR, not reported; UDVA, uncorrected distance visual acuity.

Considering available data from the literature, including information from 16 publications on 1,023 eyes with weighted average mean preoperative manifest refraction spherical equivalent of −9.81 D and weighted average follow up of 13.7 months, the reported efficacy index, which is the ratio of uncorrected postoperative visual acuity to preoperative best-corrected acuity, ranges from 0.90 to 1.35, with a weighted average of 1.04.

The weighted average uncorrected postoperative visual acuity is 20/19 (logMAR −0.02), with a range from 20/12 to 20/27 (logMAR −0.20 to 0.14). The reported percentage of eyes within a half diopter of target averages 90.8% and ranges from 72% to 100%, while the percentage of eyes within 1 D of target averages 98.7% and ranges from 91.8% to 100%. Selected representative studies are discussed further below.

In a prospective study of 61 eyes of 32 patients implanted with EVO, Yan et al reported, “At 2 years, the spherical equivalent refraction decreased from preoperative −14.62±4.29 D to −0.90±0.95 D, with 79% of the eyes within ±0.50 D and 98% within ±1.00 D of the intended correction”.20

In a multicenter retrospective case series including 351 eyes of 351 subjects, representing the largest single series, eyes were divided into groups based on the preoperative degree of myopia: group 1 included 57 eyes with manifest spherical equivalent less than −6 D, and group 2 included 294 eyes −6 D or more. In this study, Kamiya et al reported, “Uncorrected and corrected visual acuities were −0.17±0.14 and −0.21±0.10 logMAR in group 1, and −0.16±0.09 and −0.21±0.08 logMAR in group 2, 1 year postoperatively. In groups 1 and 2, 98% and 99% of eyes were within 1.0 D of the targeted correction. Manifest refraction changes of −0.12±0.34 D (group 1) and −0.18±0.43 D (group 2) occurred from 1 day to 1 year.”21 The full range of MRSE corrected in this study extended from −0.5 to −18.63 D. The authors concluded that “… we believe that the surgical indication for ICL implantation can be expanded to include the correction of low-to-moderate myopia.”21

In the study with the longest available follow-up, Shimizu et al reported that “the postoperative UDVAs of the Hole ICL group were 20/20 or better 1, 3, and 6 months and 1, 3, and 5 years postoperatively, in 97%, 100%, 100%, 100%, 100%, and 85% of eyes, respectively …”22 Overall, these reports demonstrate excellent postoperative uncorrected visual acuity, accuracy, refractive predictability, and stability up to 5 years postoperatively.

Safety

Reported safety outcomes include preservation of corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), changes in IOP, changes in ECD, ASC opacity or visually significant cataract, and secondary surgical intervention. Table 2 provides a listing of 38 peer-reviewed publications reporting safety data from retrospective or prospective series and includes information on 4,196 eyes with weighted average follow-up of 14.0 months.

Table 2 Measures of safety include the safety index, the percentage of central corneal endothelial cell loss, and the rates of incidence for asymptomatic anterior subcapsular (ASC) opacity, visual significant cataract, pupillary block, pigment dispersion, and secondary surgical intervention
Note: aBhandari et al expressed the incidence of secondary surgical intervention as a percentage of toric implants only.
Abbreviation: NR, not reported.

CDVA

The safety index is the ratio of postoperative CDVA to preoperative CDVA. Seventeen publications, including data on 1,100 eyes with a weighted average preoperative manifest refraction spherical equivalent of −9.60 D and a weighted average follow-up of 13.2 months, demonstrated a weighted average safety index of 1.15, with a range from 1.01 to 1.42. For example, Huseynova et al noted that “the safety index at 3 months was 1.07 (for group I [V4b]) and 1.14 (for group II [EVO]).”23 Lisa et al,24 Alfonso et al,25 and Lee et al26 reported safety indices of 1.04, 1.01, and 1.38±0.22, respectively.

Seventeen studies including a total of 1,410 eyes reported on lines of CDVA lost or gained with a weighted average follow-up of 14.0 months. Only 0.2% of eyes lost two or more lines of CDVA, while 95.5% maintained or gained lines of CDVA (Table 3).

Table 3 An important measure of safety is the lines of best-corrected visual acuity lost or gained at the study endpoint compared to baseline
Abbreviation: NR, not reported.

IOP

A single case of pupillary block was reported by Senthil et al, who noted that “the central aquaport of the ICL was blocked with viscoelastic and inflammatory debris.”27 One month after surgery CDVA was 20/30 and IOP was 10 mmHg without ocular hypotensive medication. Visual acuity and IOP were maintained at 1 year; however, the pupil remained fixed and dilated. No cases of pigment dispersion glaucoma have been reported.

Additional information on IOP may be gleaned from individual publications. Gonzalez-Lopez et al reported that no eye in their series of 100 eyes had an IOP greater than 30 mmHg at any postoperative measurement.28 Higueras-Esteban et al noted “a mild and transient increase in IOP during the first month; however, no chronically elevated IOP levels or pupillary block were observed in either group.”29 Lisa et al stated that “in the present study, we found no significant rise in IOP (>20 mmHg) in any case, with stable IOP values during the 12-month follow-up …. when we evaluated variations in IOP over time and calculated the change between preoperative and postoperative values, we found that most eyes (74.1%) had no IOP variations or showed a reduction of 1–2 mmHg from the preoperative IOP.”24

ECD

A total of 21 studies including data on 1,476 eyes with weighted average follow-up of 14.7 months demonstrated mean endothelial cell loss of 2.6%. It is important to note that this percentage reduction includes both the acute effect of surgery as well as any chronic loss during the follow-up period. A prospective study by Lisa et al of 147 eyes of 80 subjects reported a 1.7% decline in ECD at 1 year.24 In the study with the largest case series, Kamiya et al reported a mean decrease of 0.1% in 351 eyes of 351 subjects followed for 1 year.21 Five-year data from Shimizu et al demonstrate that “the mean percentage of endothelial cell loss 5 years postoperatively was 0.5%±5.4%.”22

ASC opacity and cataract

Visually significant cataract related to insufficient vault has not been reported in patients implanted with EVO. Overall, 11 publications including data on a total of 617 eyes with a weighted average follow-up of 13 months reported a 0.49% incidence of asymptomatic ASC opacities. Karandikar et al reported one visually insignificant ASC opacity at 1 year.30 Fernández-Vigo et al reported that “we also recorded mild anterior subcapsular cataract in one eye, but CDVA remained stable (0.1 logMAR) at 2 years, so the lens was not explanted.”31 Senthil et al reported one eye that developed localized ASC cataract following pupillary block treated with anterior chamber lavage.27

Brar et al have reported on the incidence of cataract over 5 years in 342 eyes implanted with EVO.32 The authors noted that “no V4c ICL was explanted due to cataract in this series. This may suggest the benefit of central hole in recent V4c ICL model in providing better nutrition to the natural lens, thus preventing cataract genesis, although V4c model is launched recently so they have smaller follow-up as compared to the older models.”32

Five years following implantation, Shimizu reported a zero incidence of ASC opacity and cataract.22

Secondary surgical intervention

Data from 28 publications of prospective or retrospective case series demonstrated a 0.47% incidence of secondary surgical intervention in 2,970 eyes with weighted average follow-up of 16.7 months. Of the 14 total secondary surgical interventions reported, 10 were related to rotation of a toric lens. Karandikar et al described two eyes,30 Bhandari et al reported one eye,33 Pjano et al reported one eye,34 Kamiya et al reported one eye,21 Ganesh et al reported three eyes,35 and Fernández-Vega-Cueto et al reported two eyes36 that required rotation of a toric lens.

In their multicenter study of 351 eyes of 351 subjects followed for 12 months, Kamiya et al noted that “an ICL exchange occurred in two eyes (0.7%) in group 2 (high myopia >–6 D), due to incorrect initial sizing or power.”21

Pjano et al reported one eye that developed a retinal detachment 3 months after implantation: “The patient had high degenerative myopia and preoperatively underwent prophylactic laser photocoagulation on both eyes. Pars plana vitrectomy was successfully performed, with no further complications on this eye.”34 Senthil et al performed anterior chamber lavage to resolve pupillary block related to retained viscoelastic in one eye.27

Steinwender et al reported cataract in eleven eyes of eight patients in the immediate postoperative period as a result of an irrigation technique, “… producing an enforced stream through the pIOL hole onto the lens capsule …” The authors noted that “after changing surgical technique to very gentle irrigation and keeping the cannula near the main incision, more than 90 pIOL implantations were performed in the clinic during a follow-up of 14 months, with no further case of anterior subcapsular cataract occurring.”37 We have therefore attributed these events to the surgical technique and not to the EVO ICL and have not included these events in the overall rates reported in this review. This report highlights the importance of avoiding operative trauma to the crystalline lens during implantation.

Quality of vision

Shimizu et al have provided data on higher-order aberrations and contrast sensitivity and found that the central port had no significant impact (P>0.05).38 Kamiya et al reproduced these findings that EVO “implantation appears to be essentially equivalent in the optical quality variables to conventional ICL implantation, suggesting that the presence of the central artificial hole does not significantly affect the optical quality and the intraocular scattering after surgery.”39 Huseynova et al similarly reported no significant differences in wavefront aberrations between EVO and conventional ICL subjects.23

Patient-reported outcomes

Eom et al utilized a modification of a validated questionnaire40 and reported that “of 29 total eyes, 18 (62.1%) experienced glare with the mean duration of 3.0±3.4 months (range, 1–12 months), 16 (55.2%) experienced halos with the mean duration of 3.1±3.6 months (range, 1–12 months), 10 (34.5%) experienced starbursts with the mean duration of 1.8±0.8 months (range, 1–3 months) and 15 (51.7%) experienced ring-shaped dysphotopsia with the mean duration of 2.9±3.8 months (range, 1–12 months) after hole ICL implantation.”41 These findings suggest that undesirable visual effects tend to disappear over time. Liu et al offered confirmation in their retrospective study utilizing a different validated questionnaire,42 noting that “during the early postoperative follow-up period, halos occurred in 23 patients (54.8%). With time, halos gradually disappeared at 3 months after operation without any treatments.”43

In their prospective comparative study of lenses with and without the central port, Tian et al reported that “visual fatigue and halo occurred in both groups, visual fatigue occurred in the case of near vision, the incidence of visual fatigue was 25% in the ICL V4 group and 22.2% in the ICL V4c group; the incidence of halo was 65% in the ICL V4 group and 55.6% in the ICL V4c group. These incidences showed no significant difference between two groups.”44 Overall, patient-reported outcomes reflect the presence of some visual disturbances in the early postoperative period that decrease with time.

Authors have reported high levels of patient satisfaction with EVO implantation. For example, Iijima et al administered the National Eye Institute Refractive Error Quality of Life Instrument-42 to 29 patients at 3 months postoperative and reported a mean satisfaction score of 79.3.45 In their 2-year study of 32 patients, Yan et al reported an overall satisfaction score ranging from 0 = very unsatisfied to 10 = the most satisfied and noted “All patients were satisfied with their visual performance, and 71% were more than satisfied (very satisfied). The mean score of overall satisfaction was 9.27±0.87 (range, 8–10). And all the patients chose ‘yes’, when asked ‘Would you consider recommending this operation to patients like you?’”20

To date, over 500,000 EVO ICLs with the central port design out of a historic total of 900,000 total ICLs have been distributed globally in countries including Canada, Japan, and those in the European Union, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Patient satisfaction reported in the manufacturer’s registry has remained very high, with 99.4% of 1,542 patients surveyed stating that they would elect to have the surgery again.46

Conclusion

As McLeod has pointed out, “Phakic intraocular lenses can provide optically superb correction of relatively high degrees of ametropia that lie well beyond the recommended range for keratorefractive procedures, such as laser in situ keratomileusis and photorefractive keratectomy.”47 High levels of postoperative uncorrected visual acuity, refractive predictability, and stability demonstrate the effectiveness of the EVO ICL. Safety data suggest reduced rates of ASC cataract and pupillary block. Improved safety and effectiveness across a broad range of refractive errors make EVO an attractive option for surgeons and patients.

Disclosure

The author is a consultant to STAAR Surgical Company, Advanced Vision Science (Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.), Alcon Laboratories (Novartis AG), Bausch & Lomb (Bausch Health Companies Inc.), and Rayner Intraocular Lenses Ltd. The author reports no other conflicts of interest in this work.


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