Phakic Intraocular Lenses (Phakic IOLs) are micro lenses placed behind your cornea. They are surgically implanted lenses that can help severely nearsighted patients reduce their dependency on thick glasses and contacts. These lens implants may be a good solution for people who aren’t candidates for LASIK based on their level of refractive error.
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 seeing near and far. These Phakic IOL lenses are designed to remain in the eye permanently, but the lens can be removed if necessary.