Phakic Intraocular Lenses are the latest development in treating nearsightedness/ these lenses are implanted in the eye so that the patient is able to reduce their dependency on prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. The procedure is suitable for people who experience frequent (almost every year) changes in their prescription eyeglasses.
The lens implanted in the eye is very thin and designed to treat myopia. An important point to remember about these lenses is the fact that the natural lens of the eye is left untouched. Many people confuse the operation with that of cataract surgery. The difference between the two is that in cataract surgery, the lens is completely removed when the artificial lens is implanted.
Phakic Intraocular Lens are made of plastic or silicone. They are permanent implants either in front of or behind the iris of the eye. The lens is inserted through a narrow incision that is made in the front of the eye.
During the initial assessment, the surgeon will decide whether the patient is a good fit for the procedure. This is an important stage because not everyone is a good candidate for the procedures/ the doctor evaluate the patient on several criteria before deciding upon the good fit of the patient.
Once the doctor decides to go ahead with the procedure, the patient receives detailed instructions for preparing for the operation. Several medications are discontinued of reduced in dosage. The patient also receives eye drops for keeping the eye healthy for the procedure. The procedure itself is over in an hour or two.