October 5, 2018
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.
Prepare for surgery
Insert the lens
Seal the incision
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.
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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.
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.
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.