Phakic Intraocular Lens
In the Phakic Intraocular Lens (IOL) exchange procedure, an intraocular lens is placed inside the eye. However, as opposed to cataract surgery or a refractive lens exchange, the natural lens is not removed. In the simplest terms, it is as if a contact lens is placed inside one’s eye and never has to be changed again.
Individuals who suffer from extreme nearsightedness or thin corneas now have a solution to provide visual independence. Whereas patients with extremes of nearsightedness or thin corneas have not been candidates for laser vision correction, phakic IOLs provide an opportunity to give these patients the change to experience the same lifestyle change that LASIK has brought to millions.
Currently, two lenses are approved for refractive surgery as a phakic IOL:
- Verisyse Phakic Intraocular Lens
- Visian™ Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)