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Phakic IOLs in Kansas City

For patients who are not a candidate for SBK Advanced LASIK due to high levels of myopia, Phakic Intraocular Lenses (Phakic IOLs) may be a viable alternative. Phakic IOLs in Kansas City are micro lenses placed behind the cornea to help severely nearsighted patients reduce or eliminate the need for glasses and contacts.

Who is a Candidate for Phakic IOL?

Phakic IOLs in Kansas City are an excellent solution for someone who is at least 18 years of age and has a severe level of nearsightedness. Since these lenses can correct such high amounts of nearsightedness, patients who have been told they are not a candidate for LASIK may be able to reduce their dependency on contacts and glasses with Phakic IOLs.

  • 18 years of age
  • Severe nearsightedness
  • No history of eye disease

Phakic vs. LASIK or PRK

Unlike LASIK or PRK, the Phakic IOL does not change the shape of the cornea to correct vision. Rather, the lens is implanted next to the iris and is sometimes referred to as an implantable contact lens. The natural crystalline lens is left in the eye (not removed like cataract surgery).

The natural lens helps your eye adjust between near and far-sighted. Phakic IOL lenses are designed to remain in the eye permanently, but the lens can be removed if necessary.

Phakic IOL Treatment Process

Phakic IOLs in Kansas City are an outpatient procedure.

The treatment itself takes approximately 15-20 minutes and is done one eye at a time.

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    Step 1

    Prepare for surgery

    Topical or local anesthesia is used with a mild sedative to prepare you for surgery.

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    Step 2

    Insert the lens

    A small incision is made in the cornea for the lens to be inserted. The lens is centered on the pupil either directly in front of (Verisyse) or behind (Visian ICL) the iris.

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    Step 3

    Seal the incision

    The incision is closed with microscopic stitches with the Verisyse, but most of the time no sutures are needed with the Visian ICL, as the incision is smaller and usually self-seals.

Phakic IOL

Our post-operative technicians provide instructions regarding type and frequency of eye drops and restrictions. You will be given these instructions as well as eye shields to wear while sleeping the first week.

Phakic IOL patients typically experience little, if any discomfort during or after the procedure. Most will see an improvement in vision with 24 hours, achieving optimal results within one week. You will be seen in the office the following morning for a post-op visit. Most patients are able to resume normal activities within a couple of days.

Phakic IOL Benefits

  • Excellent Alternative for Non LASIK Candidates

    Phakic IOL patients typically experience little, if any discomfort during or after the procedure. Most will see an improvement in vision with 24 hours, achieving optimal results within one week. You will be seen in the office the following morning for a post-op visit. Most patients are able to resume normal activities within a couple of days.

  • Designed to be Permanent, Yet Removable

    An advantage of Phakic IOLs in Kansas City is that they can permanently correct your vision, yet no natural tissue is removed. If in the unlikely event you need or wish to remove your IOLs in the future, they can be removed via an additional procedure.

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Advanced Ocular Analysis

The first and most critical step in determining candidacy for a procedure is to schedule a complimentary Advanced Ocular Analysis or AOA.

Going above and beyond a traditional LASIK screening, the AOA sets the foundation for exceptional visual outcomes with each patient’s long-term needs in mind.

Step 1
Examine the health of your eye

When it comes to refractive surgery, a routine eye exam or LASIK screening may ignore details that are critical to your outcomes. For this reason, Durrie Vision developed the AOA. Featuring the most advanced combination of diagnostic testing available today, the AOA uses cutting-edge technologies to provide a three-dimensional visualization and analysis of the entire ocular system.

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Step 2
Meet with a refractive surgeon

During the AOA, you will meet with one of our experienced refractive surgeons directly to discuss your results along with their recommendations. This is a unique component of the experience that provides an additional level of comfort and trust.

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Step 3
Recommend a treatment plan

After your exam, we’ll share with you an in-depth analysis of your eyes, taking all the time necessary to explain what the evaluation revealed. You will leave with a comprehensive report of everything we discussed along with any recommendations for treatment, cost, financing, and recovery time.

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  • McKensie Dopps

    “The quality of my life after LASIK is SO significant that I would’ve paid double or even triple the amount because it’s truly that incredible. Thank you, Durrie Vision for forever changing my life!!!”

  • Bill Self

    “I had a great experience at Durrie Vision, they are first class all the way. The attention I received made me feel like I can send anyone there. It is such a difference for me from an activity and coaching standpoint not to have to worry about dealing with contacts each and every minute.”

  • Laura Chambers

    “Durrie Vision has changed my life for the better. I have a WOW moment every day…from opening my eyes in the middle of the night and realizing I can see without my glasses, to being able to be ready for a run in 5 minutes in the morning…it’s always WOW! I am forever grateful for Dr. Stahl and his amazing staff.”

  • George Brett, MLB Hall of Famer

    I went to have coffee with a friend before my one day post-op visit, and told him I could read the newspaper that morning without my reading glasses!

  • Slimfast

    “Getting LASIK at Durrie Vision was one of the best things I’ve ever done. After being in glasses and contacts for most of my life, being able to see without them is amazing. In fact, I can see better than I ever did before. My biggest regret? That I put it off for so long.”

  • Hai Chen

    “The experience and applied research expertise at Durrie Vision inspired great confidence in the process. For myself, the entire process was informative, quick, and painless with minimal recovery period required.”

  • Lucy Delsarto

    “After Refractive Lens Exchange, my vision is incredibly sharp. Think of an HDTV vs. an older model. You often get so accustomed to what you see that you don’t realize what you are missing until you see it.”

  • James Bridgeford

    “I don’t believe my eyes have ever gotten such great care and consideration. Durrie Vision is known worldwide, and I feel very fortunate to be in Kansas City and be treated by Dr. Lindquist and the Durrie team. I was impressed with my entire experience – top-notch care and treatment from a team of people who made me feel special every time I saw them.”

Are you a candidate?

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