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Phakic lenses

Phakic lenses are intended for people with a high degree of short-sightedness, who have decided to get rid of bothersome eyeglasses or contact lenses but, for various reasons, didn't qualify for refractive surgery procedures.

Implantation of lenses enables the correction of significant flaws, from -23,5D to +10D.

The procedure is preceded by a qualifying visit, and a set of tests is carried out. It takes a short time – less than 20 minutes, and is conducted using a local anaesthetic. The phakic lens is inserted into the front (anterior) chamber of the eye through a small incision, after which it is fixated to the iris. The patient's existing lens remains in place.

In most patients, the effects are noticeable immediately after the procedure.

In order to undergo phakic lens implantation, the patient must have a stabilized vision flaw, and the presence of other eye illnesses - such as glaucoma, cataracts, and infective diseases - must be excluded.

This procedure is recommended for patients from 20 to 50 years old, as phakic lenses do not eliminate age-related vision flaws (presbyopia).

At the Cracow Zooptica Ophthalmology Centre, we implant Artisan and Artiflex phakic lenses.

The first of these is made of a stiff material, while the second is of a fold-able silicone and can be implanted in the eye through a smaller incision, which means quicker post-operative healing and eyesight recovery.

Advantages to this modern method of treatment include: the capability to correct significant flaws in eyesight, absence of effects to the central part of the cornea (it is irreversibly altered in laser correction procedures), reversibility of the procedure, and no damage to the patient's own lens.