It is suitable for people whose eye errors are too much be good candidates for laser treatments. These lenses are typically reserved for patients with myopia greater than 10 diopters and hyperopia greater than 6 diopters. In addition, phakic IOLs may be preferable to LASIK in patients who fall within the safe LASIK parameters with regard to their prescription but who have thinner corneas, making the tissue-removal aspect of LASIK less desirable.
Unlike with cataract surgery, the natural lens is not removed; rather, the implant sits in front of the natural lens. These lenses are implanted in an outpatient procedure that takes 10 to 15 minutes for each eye.
Visual recovery is quite rapid. You are able to return to work the day after your procedure. Phakic IOL implantation may also be fine-tuned with LASIK if a small refractive error remains.
Routine follow-up visits after phakic IOL implantation are scheduled on postoperative-day 1 (mandatory) and -month 1 (optional). You’ll use some eye drops after your procedure for a month.