If your pre-operative checkup is satisfactory and your eyes have no contraindications to surgery, the LASER may not be the best indication for you. Your surgeon will choose the best solution for you to match your expectations with the different treatment options such as the HAKES implant.
Surgically implanted lenses also referred to as intraocular lenses are a solution for those seeking permanent correction of vision errors such as myopia, farsightedness, astigmatism. These implants, which look like contact lenses, are carefully placed behind the iris through a small, self-sealing blade incision (the junction between the white of the eye (the sclera) and the cornea).
Unlike traditional contact lenses, you will not feel an intraocular lens in your eye. In addition, the phakic implants do not require any maintenance.Intraocular phakic lenses do not require ablation of corneal tissue. They work like glasses or contact lenses except that they are integral parts of your eye being implanted behind the iris to compensate for the defects of your vision. Visual recovery is fast.
The phakic implant
The first implants were inserted in 1993 in Europe. So today we have more than 20 years of hindsight without serious complications.
The chosen implants are made from Collamer, a combination of collagen and polymer material that is 100% biocompatible with your eyes. They are one of the latest technological advances in vision correction technology. This FDA-approved technology also corrects important refractions.
This lens has many advantages:
- The quality of the vision is excellent:
Because of its unique anti-reflective properties and its high water resistance, Collamer can diffuse light in the same way as a natural lens. This allows a clearer and clearer vision. There are no halos or glare, poor night vision, effects associated with other types of implants.
The collagen present in the collamer attracts fibronectin a substance naturally present in your eye. The intraocular lens is small and flexible, allowing it to be bent and injected painlessly in just a few seconds through a small incision in the cornea. Once injected, it unfolds and positions effortlessly between the iris and the lens. the lens is perfectly accepted by the body.
She is invisible. It works like a conventional contact lens, with the difference that it is placed inside the eye and not on its surface. Only the optical correction it brings you signals its presence because you can not otherwise see or feel it.
She is explantable. This lens is designed to stay indefinitely in the eye. It can however be removed if necessary because it does not alter the structures of the eye or the cornea.
- UV protection:
Long-term exposure to UV radiation can damage your eyes and increase the risk of vision problems including development of cataracts and retinal problems. Intraocular lenses contain a UV blocker that prevents UVA and UVB rays from entering the eye. Your eye is protected in all circumstances.
Studies on this lens found a satisfaction rate of over 99%. In some cases it may be necessary to perform additional laser treatment on the cornea to optimize the result.
Your operation in three steps
Before your intervention
The entire procedure for implanting intraocular lenses takes about 30 minutes. The procedure is painless. A companion is necessary at the exit of the operating room. Anesthesia can be local thorough, localized potentiated (neurolept-analgesia) or general. The day of your operation you will be prescribed an anxiolytic if necessary. You will return to the operating room, put on a clean uniform. The procedure can then begin.
During your intervention
During your intervention you are lying on a striker. After applying strict rules of asepsis The anesthesia of your choice is performed.
The intervention consists of two steps:
- Creating one or two small openings at the base of the cornea that will be used to position the lens
- Inserting the chosen correction lens according to your visual problem
The procedure is not painful and perfectly secure.
After the intervention
During the first hours it is advisable to rest with your eyes closed. Wearing a clear shell is recommended for sleeping during the first week. You will follow the instructions of your surgeon and start the antibiotic and anti-inflammatory treatment as early as the evening of the procedure as indicated on the prescription.
It is essential not to expose yourself to “at risk” environments during the first week. Avoid all situations that may expose your eyes to micro organisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi). It is essential to observe strict rules of hygiene, especially to wash your hands before instillation of eye drops. You should also avoid rubbing your eyes, and of course avoiding eye bruises.