Phakic Implantable Contact Lenses In Johannesburg
IOLs in South Africa
Phakic IOLs (implantable contact lenses) are another option for patients who do not qualify for LASIK or PRK surgeries. They have been shown to better correct moderate to severe myopia (nearsightedness) with or without astigmatism as compared to other types of refractive eye surgery.
These clear lens implants are usually inserted between the cornea and the colored part of the eye, or iris. Unlike during cataract surgery, your natural lens is not removed before the placement of the IOL. Once implanted, the IOLs improve vision by better focusing light on the retina. Phakic IOLs correct nearsightedness in the same way contact lenses do, except they are placed inside of your eye instead of over the surface. Phakic IOLs have also been proven to create more stable and sometimes better overall quality of vision correction for severely nearsighted patients, as compared to LASIK or PRK.
Phakic IOLs vs. LASIK
LASIK uses a laser system to reshape the cornea to correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. However, every patient does not qualify for LASIK surgery in South Africa. Patients who have severe nearsightedness, extremely thin corneas, irregularly shaped corneas, or chronic dry eyes are not good LASIK candidates. Phakic IOLs have been shown to provide more favorable results than LASIK surgery for patients with moderate to severe nearsightedness.
Contact Lens Implantation Procedure
Before the day of your surgery, our board certified ophthalmologists recommend you coordinate arrangements for transportation days before your procedure. You will not be able to drive back home or to the follow-up appointment until you are cleared by one of our doctors. The actual surgery takes about 30 minutes to complete. Once the surgery is finished, you will be taken to a recovery room for a couple of hours before you are able to go back home. Eye drops will be given to you to help prevent any irritation, redness and soreness.
You may notice that your vision is somewhat hazy and you may be sensitive to light after the procedure is finished. These conditions are temporary and typically start improving after a couple of days. It will take about 2-4 weeks for your eyes to be fully recovered from your surgery.
Schedule An IOL Consultation Today
Dr. Guglielmetti will consult with you and decide if Phakic IOLs are the best option for your vision goals. He also does consultations for glaucoma surgery patients, as well as presbyopia treatment. Learn more by scheduling your consultation online.