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Phakic Lens Implantation (ICL)

In phakic lens implantation, the doctor inserts an additional artificial lens into the eye which corrects defective vision. Your own lens is retained. Because the artificial lens remains permanently in the eye, you do not need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

 

THE SURGERY

This is also an outpatient procedure. In contrast to laser eye surgery, only one eye is treated at a time. There is generally a period of about one week between the two procedures.

In preparation for the surgery, you will receive an injection or eye drops as a local anesthetic of the eye.

Once the eye is fully anesthetized, the doctor can begin with the artificial lens implantation. The lens is advanced into the ocular chamber through a small incision in the cornea and stabilized. This ensures that the lens will remain at the precise correct location. If necessary, the incision is sutured and the procedure is finished. CARE Vision generally uses Artisan or Artiflex lenses, depending on the patient's suitability and requirements. These are small, ultra-thin „contact lenses“ that are not worn on the eye but rather in the eye. The lenses are fixated in the anterior chamber of the eye in front of the iris, which is where they typically stay forever. Should there nevertheless ever be a reason that necessitates the removal of the lens, this is absolutely no problem in most cases.


AFTER THE SURGERY

After the surgery, which only takes about a half an hour, the eye is covered with a patch and, after a final exam of your eyes and receiving instructions about what you should do in the next few days, you can go home. After the surgery, which only takes about a half an hour, the eye is covered with a patch and, after a final exam of your eyes and receiving instructions about what you should do in the next few days, you can go home. At this point you should be able to see with the treated eye, although not very well. Your vision will continue to improve over the following weeks. In order to guarantee an optimal healing process and prevent complications, you must take precautionary measures for some time after surgery, which will be explained to you by your doctor. During the first week after surgery you must seep with an eye patch over your eye to prevent you from rubbing your eyes while you sleep or from pressing a pillow or blanket onto your eye. You will receive exact instructions regarding what you must do and what you must avoid for a certain period of time after surgery.

 

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