Implantable lenses are a safe and effective alternative for individuals with moderate to severe nearsightedness who are tired of thick glasses and are not candidates for Custom LASIK. When placed inside the eye, the lens works in concert with the cornea and your eye’s crystalline lens to provide focused, crisp vision at all distances.
The lens is implanted in an outpatient procedure that takes around 15 to 30 minutes to perform. First, drops are placed in your eye in order to reduce the pupil size. Next, a local anesthetic is given to sedate the eye. The lens is then placed in the space between the iris and the cornea. The lens is centered in front of the pupil and is gently attached to the iris to hold the lens in place. The small incision is closed with microscopic stitches that dissolve on their own. Lastly, a temporary shield will be placed over your eye to protect it during the time just after the procedure.
The procedure is performed while you remain awake and relaxed, and is virtually painless. Nearly all recipients of these lenses experience much better vision with much greater freedom from glasses and contacts.