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Phakic IOL

I am so happy with my new vision and can’t stress how life-changing correcting your vision is. Dealing with contacts and glasses and all the mess that goes along with them is no way to go through life. I would choose Durrie Vision time and time again.” -Kellie Weber

Phakic IOL (Intraocular Lenses)

Phakic Intraocular Lenses (Phakic IOLs) are micro lenses placed behind your cornea. They are surgically implanted lenses that can help severely nearsighted patients reduce their dependency on thick glasses and contacts. These lens implants may be a good solution for people who aren’t candidates for LASIK based on their level of refractive error.

Unlike LASIK or PRK, the Phakic IOL does not change the shape of the cornea to correct vision. Rather, the lens is implanted next to the iris and is sometimes referred to as an implantable contact lens. The natural crystalline lens is left in the eye (not removed like cataract surgery). The natural lens helps your eye adjust between seeing near and far. These Phakic IOL lenses are designed to remain in the eye permanently, but the lens can be removed if necessary.

Who is a Candidate for Phakic IOL?

Phakic Intraocular Lenses are an excellent solution for someone who is at least 18 years of age and has a severe level of nearsightedness. After the Advanced Ocular Analysis, a surgeon will be able to determine if this is the right solution for you.

Because these lenses can correct such high amounts of nearsightedness, patients who have been told they are not a candidate for LASIK may be able to reduce their dependency on contacts and glasses with Phakic IOLs.

What to Expect on the Day of the Procedure

Phakic IOL surgery is an outpatient procedure. The treatment itself takes approximately 15-20 minutes and is done one eye at a time. Topical or local anesthesia is used with a mild sedative to prepare you for surgery. Normally there is no pain associated with the procedure.

A small incision is made in the cornea for the lens to be inserted. The lens is centered on the pupil either directly in front of (Verisyse) or behind (Visian ICL) the iris.  The small incision is closed with microscopic stitches with the Verisyse but most of the time no sutures are needed with the Visian ICL as the incision is smaller and usually self-seals.

Post-Operative Care and Recovery

Our post-operative technicians provide instructions regarding type and frequency of eye drops and restrictions. You will be given these instructions as well as eye shields to wear while sleeping the first week.

Phakic IOL patients typically experience little if any discomfort during or after the procedure. You will be seen in the office the following morning for a post-op visit. Most patients are able to resume normal activities within a couple of days.

Phakic Case Study

Videos courtesy of Fox 4 News of Kansas City Aziza Esanbaeva, a 17 year old exchange student from Kyrgyzstan (former Soviet Republic) was brought to Durrie Vision by her North Kansas City host parents. She was severely nearsighted with astigmatism and had been told that someday she would be blind.

Diagnosis: Aziza was severely nearsighted (-10.00 D) and severe astigmatism (-5.00 D) in both eyes.

Treatment: Too nearsighted for LASIK, Phakic IOL implants were the solution to improve her vision.