Implantable Contact Lens Surgery
The surgical implantation of permanent contact lenses is the newest vision-improvement surgery which can drastically improve your vision. Implantable contact lenses—also known as phakic intraocular lenses (IOLs)—can correct your vision much like normal, removable contact lenses; the difference is that intraocular lens implants are surgically inserted inside your eye—either beneath the iris in front of your natural lens or on top of the iris— rather than on the surface of the eye like removable lenses, and are used to permanently improve your vision. Working collaboratively with your natural lens, the implantable contact lens helps to change the way light is focused on your retina, resulting in a clearer image and overall visual acuity.
Designed for people with moderate to severe Myopia (nearsightedness), an implantable contact lens is a safe and effective way to correct your vision which does not require maintenance or additional treatment once implanted. There are two types of implantable lenses currently approved by the FDA: the Verisyse Phakic IOL and the Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL). The type of lens that works best is dependent upon the amount of vision correction you need.
To schedule a consultation with a qualified ophthalmologist in Des Plaines that specializes in implantable contact lens surgery, call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.
Benefits of Implantable Contact Lenses
If you have severe allergies, frequent eye infections, chronic dry eye or cannot consistently handle the regular changing and cleaning of your contact lenses, an implantable contact lens may provide you the alternative you are seeking to improve your vision. In addition, lens implant surgery offers the following advantages:
- Ability to correct severe forms of nearsightedness that cannot be otherwise helped
- Available to patients who suffer from corneal irregularities like corneal thinness
- Less likely to cause or exacerbate dry eyes
- Lessens likelihood of infections
- Allows the use of eye drops (unlike contact lenses)
- Unlike LASIK surgery, where vision can take up to 6 months to stabilize, phakic IOL surgery provides vision acuity within days of the procedure
Candidates for Implantable Contact Lens Surgery
Implantable contact lenses should only be implanted in patients between the ages of 21 and 45. While both types of IOL surgeries are indicated for moderate to severe myopia, candidates can only have a minor astigmatism (2.5 diopters or less) in order to be qualify for surgery.
Other requirements to be considered for phakic IOL surgery include that you must:
- Have had no changes in your vision prescription for one year if seeking the Visian ICL surgery, or for at least six months if seeking the Verisyse phakic IOL surgery
- Have experienced no autoimmune conditions such as Lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis or Sjögren's syndrome
- Not be HIV-positive or be diagnosed with AIDs or have other conditions which may compromise your immune function and prevent healing (including taking immunosuppressant drugs or steroids that could compromise immune function and healing)
- Not be a good candidate for LASIK surgery
- Not be pregnant or breastfeeding (since both can destabilize eyesight)
- Not be allergic to local anesthetic eye drops used in surgery
- Not have an active eye infection or eye diseases like cataracts, glaucoma, lazy eye, macular degeneration, Fuchs Dystrophy or Amblyopia
- Have no deformities to your iris
- Have no history of viral eye infections (e.g., Herpes or Zoster), retinal detachment or other eye trauma or damage that might have weakened the structure of your eye
Your ophthalmologist will determine proper anterior chamber depth during a comprehensive eye test performed to verify your candidacy for ICL surgery. The exam will also determine whether you have a healthy corneal endothelium. Phakic IOL surgery is less effective and more difficult to perform for those with especially small pupils, so your pupils must be large enough for surgery, but not too large. Your ophthalmologist will be able to analyze your eyes to determine if you fit the criteria for ICL surgery.
If you have hyperopia (farsightedness) or presbyopia (extreme farsightedness that is normally a function of aging), a refractive lens exchange or lens replacement surgery is recommended when LASIK, PRK or phakic IOL surgery is not an option. The procedure is similar to cataract surgery in which the natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens.
What to Expect from Implantable Contact Lens Surgery
Implantable contact lens surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, sometimes taking less than 15 minutes. Special drops are placed in your eye to reduce your pupil size. After using a local anesthetic to numb the procedure area, your surgeon will make a tiny incision so the lens can be properly placed in your eye. Suturing is normally not necessary, so recovery time will be short and post-operative discomfort minimal. You can expect to experience your new corrected, clear vision within days.
If for whatever reason you decide you no longer desire your surgically-implanted contact lenses, they can be surgically removed—unlike other surgeries where the changes are often permanent.
Request more information about implantable contact lens surgery options today. Call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.
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