PHAKIC INTRAOCULAR LENSES
If your diopter is too high or your cornea is too thin – it doesn’t mean you can’t correct your diopter. It means that you can but by another method.
In fact, the implantation of phakic intraocular lenses represents the best and most effective alternative to laser diopter correction.
Because by implanting lenses, the eye’s ability to accommodate, or to see clearly both up close and at a distance, is not lost. Therefore, it is most often advised to young people who do not need to use reading glasses.
Because the procedure is reversible, that is, the lenses can be explanted and the state can be returned to the original if the patient wishes so for some reason.
What does the surgery look like?
Implantation is simple and painless and consists of implanting the lens through a corneal incision of just a few millimeters.
Depending on the type of implant, or rather its design, the lens is fixed to the front surface of the iris in the anterior eye chamber (Verisyse, Veriflex) or it is implanted behind the iris and in front of the natural eye lens. What is most important is that all the lenses that we apply in the Special Hospital for Ophthalmology “Dr Kozomara” Banja Luka are biocompatible, i.e. the body cannot reject them, nor can they cause any damage in the eye.
The surgical procedure is performed in topical anesthesia and lasts only 10 minutes per eye.
What lenses are implanted?
Currently, the most popular implant of this type is the Vision ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) phakic intraocular lens and we use them in the Special Hospital for Ophthalmology “Dr Kozomara” Banja Luka.
What are the main advantages of this lens?
- It can correct a wide range of diopters from -3.00 D to -23.00 D, or from +0.50 D to +10.00 D)
- It successfully corrects astigmatism up to +6.00 D- It is easily implanted, that is, behind the iris and in front of the natural eye lens, so it does not need to be fixed to the surrounding eye tissues
- Its use reduces trauma to the surrounding tissue, shortens the procedure, and also the postoperative course
- The diameter of the optical part of the lens is significantly larger, making it the ideal implant for all patients who have more comprehensive pupils
What does the postoperative period look like?
The patient leaves the clinic immediately after the procedure.
The corneal incision on which the surgery is performed heals independently, so it does not need to be sewn. The patient can return to their daily life activities 5 days after the surgery, and the therapy involves a combination of antibiotics and corticosteroids, as well as artificial tears.