Phakic Intraocular Llenses (Phakic IOLs) are micro lenses placed behind your cornea. They are surgically implanted lenses that can help nearsighted patients reduce their dependency on thick glasses and contacts. These lens implants can correct moderate to severe nearsightedness, allowing patients that have been told they are not a candidate for LASIK to experience freedom from glasses or contact lenses.
Unlike LASIK or PRK, the Phakic IOL does not change the shape of the cornea to correct vision. Rather, the lens is implanted on the iris or immediately behind 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.
There are two FDA approved IOLs on the market today, the Verisyse Phakic IOL and the Visian ICL.
Dr. Jason Stahl and Dr. Timothy Lindquist, our refractive lens specialists, can determine if a Phakic IOL is your best alternative for improved vision.