Phakic IOL

An Advanced Alternative to LASIK

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, our refractive lens specialist, can determine if a Phakic IOL is your best alternative for improved vision.

Are you a candidate for a Phakic IOL?

  • Want to experience visual freedom from glasses and contacts
  • Are moderately to severely nearsighted
  • Have thin corneas and are not a LASIK candidate

What to Expect on Surgery Day

Phakic IOL surgery is an outpatient procedure. The treatment itself normally takes 15-20 minutes. 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. Surgery is done one eye at a time, but the fellow eye may be scheduled as early as 1-2 weeks later.

Post-Operative Care

Our post-op technicians will review instructions about care and eye drops following the procedure. The surgeon will see you in the office the following morning for a post-op visit. Most patients are able to resume normal activities within a couple of days.

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.

Contact Durrie Vision today to schedule your appointment or call (913) 871-1166.