Phakic IOL procedure is being used on severely nearsighted and farsighted patients or thin corneal patients who may not be good candidates for laser procedure such as PRK, and LASIK. If you are tired of depending on thick, and clunky glasses, but you are not a good candidate for LASIK, Phakic IOL may be a perfect option for you. Laser Vision International LASIK Center is proud to present..Phakic IOL..a safe and effective method of treating moderate to severe refractive errors.
Benefits of Phakic IOL
- unlimited potential to correct refractive errors
- no influence on corneal thickness
- short recovery time and very clear vision
- removability, if desired.
Phakic IOL Treatment
In the Phakic IOL procedure, an implantable contact lens (ICL) is permanently placed inside the eye to restore vision problems. ICL is made from Collamer, which is flexible and biocompatible, therefore, there are no negative reaction from body and are able to permanently stay in the eye.
Phakic IOL treatment is divided into 2 steps.
- Laser Iridotomy
- Phakic IOL Surgery Process
About 2 weeks before the Phakic IOL surgery, patient has to undergo a laser iridotomy performed for each of your eyes. It is a very quick procedure done in the office to create a tiny opening in the iris to allow fluid to circulate around the lens implant. It is very important to have this done to prevent a possible rise in the eye pressure after the Phakic IOL is implanted.
Phakic IOL Surgery Process
On the day of the surgery, the surgeon will use an instrument to comfortably hold your eyelids open during the procedure. A local anesthetic is given, so the procedure would not be painful. A micro incision is made in the cornea for inserting the IOL inside the eye without any suture. The lens will slowly unfold and permanently stay in your eye.
Phakic IOL is an outpatient procedure. It takes around 20-30 minutes. One eye is treated at a time. The other eye can be treated within a few days. The results of the surgery are almost immediate, however your vision will probably be a little blurry due to the anesthesia. You should relax for the rest of the day. You may experience some discomfort, but this is usually alleviated with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Most patients resume normal activities within a day or two.