New procedure offers an option for eye patients not eligible for LASIK surgery

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – At least 10 million people in the United States are severely myopic.

For some, their vision is so bad that LASIK surgery isn’t even an option.

But a new procedure gives these people an option for longer-term relief.

Dr Arun Gulani said it involves placing permanent contact lenses inside the eye.

“It’s a big breakthrough for patients who are extremely nearsighted and not candidates for LASIK surgery,” Gulani said.

EVO ICL just got the green light from the FDA, and people from all over the world came to Jacksonville for surgery this week.

The procedure takes about 15 minutes and is done using numbing drops.

Gulani said that after they’re done, patients won’t need any more contacts or glasses.

“This is really life changing for me,” said patient Misha Armstrong, who is a New York-based surgeon.

She said her nearsightedness was beginning to affect her work.

“Just being in the operating room, having to wear glasses, having them fall off during procedures, always having to adjust them. Just for the lifestyle I have, wearing glasses didn’t work for me anymore,” Armstrong said.

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She said she noticed a difference almost immediately.

“I think I’m very excited to now be able to wear a mask and have my glasses not fog up, but I think I’m going to see things differently than I’ve seen in recent years,” Armstrong said.

Wade Jones, a professional boxer, had to miss the ring because of his poor vision.

“Luckily my coach looked for some stuff and we found another option,” Jones said.

He traveled from California for the surgery after not qualifying for LASIK and is now ready to return to the ring.

“I’m super excited. I can’t wait to see myself training,” Jones said.

Gulani shares the same sentiment.

“I’m always happy to show people. For me, there is no such thing as ‘not a candidate’,” Gulani said.

The procedure is gaining so much popularity that a patient from Turkey also flew in to have it done.

Gulani said someone who has had LASIK probably isn’t a good candidate for EVO because the procedure hasn’t been established as safe for patients with a history of eye surgery.

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