Phakic lens implants are tiny soft plastic lenses, made with your prescription, designed to be placed permanently within the eye to correct vision problems.
They are made from a material that allows them to stay safely in the eye. Your natural lens is NOT removed, so you continue to have normal near focus for your age and if needed the phakic lenses are removable, but this is rarely required.
Implanting one of these special lenses offers dramatic results that are very predictable.
This lens is primarily for younger patients (21-45) with very high refractive errors that are outside the range for LASIK or PRK, or for patients with inadequate corneal thickness or some other underlying condition that would make a laser procedure undesirable.
There needs to be adequate anterior chamber depth, allowing space to permit implantation of these lenses which is determined at the time of the consultation.
Implanting the lens is a relatively simple outpatient procedure but can be performed either awake or under general anaesthetic for those who prefer this.
This procedure can also be used to treat myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism, and for some people other surgical procedures may be combined with phakic lens implantation to solve astigmatic focusing problems.