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Phakic IOL Implantation

Reduce the need to wear glasses or contact lenses in the long term. Learn more about how phakic IOL implantation can help improve your vision and quality of life.

Phakic intraocular lens implantation is used to treat a wide range of myopia ± astigmatism, and hyperopia. It is a straightforward procedure that involves surgically inserting an additional lens into the eye to treat large refractive errors.

Implantable Collamer lenses (ICL) are indicated for patients unsuitable for LASIK with extreme myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism. Our phakic lens implants in Dubai are the trusted option for correcting cases of severe nearsightedness that surgery cannot treat.

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Phakic Intraocular Lens Implants - Frequently Asked Questions

What is phakic intraocular lens implantation?

Phakic intraocular lens implantation refers to the method of implanting silicon or plastic lenses directly into the eye. It is performed to correct refractive errors in the eye, such as astigmatism, hyperopia (farsightedness) and myopia (nearsightedness).

In this process, plastic or silicone lenses, known as phakic intraocular lenses (IOLs), are permanently implanted into the eye to enhance its refractive power and correct eyesight. This procedure typically takes about 15 to 30 minutes and is often done as an outpatient treatment.

Once implanted, phakic lenses can correct refractive errors, and in the long term permanently reduce the need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

How long do phakic intraocular lens implants last in the body?

Phakic intraocular lens implants are designed to be permanent unless surgically removed – they are made to last a lifetime. Made from plastic or silicone, phakic Intraocular lenses don’t break down or degrade over time. As such, they are an ideal solution for children needing corrective therapy for higher degrees of myopia and other vision issues. 

On rare occasions, the capsule around the implant may cloud up, causing symptoms similar to the original vision problem. However, this can be quickly remedied with a simple laser procedure. For this reason, you must regularly follow up with your doctor to monitor the health of your eyes after phakic IOL implantation.

Are phakic IOLs safe?

Phakic IOL implantation is an FDA-approved procedure, and the lenses are made of materials that are biocompatible to your eyes. As with any other surgical procedure, it is important to understand the risks involved. It is also necessary to determine if you are a good candidate for phakic lenses by considering your specific vision issues as well as certain aspects of your career, personality, financial capacity and more. Your doctor will talk with you about the limitations and benefits of this method to help you make the right decision.

What is the success rate of phakic IOL?

Phakic IOLs generally have a high success rate. Studies show the postoperative level of uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) is 20/20 or better in 97% of patients at one month and 100% at three, six, 12 and 36 months.

Other studies show that about 81% of patients achieve a 20/40 level of UCVA within three years of receiving phakic IOLs. They’re considered a trusted alternative to LASIK, particularly for patients with severe prescriptions or thin corneas. The success of phakic lens implants in Dubai aligns with these statistics, making them an excellent option for vision correction.