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phakic intraocular lens (IOL) is a lens that is permanently
implanted in the eye and attached to the iris to correct
moderate to severe nearsightedness (myopia). It is called a
phakic IOL because the eye still has its natural lens.
With years of use and procedures performed worldwide,
results prove that the Verisyse™ design is safe and
effective for very nearsighted people who are tired of thick
glasses and are not candidates for Custom LASIK.
The word "phakic"
means that your natural crystalline lens is left in the eye.
This is important because your natural lens plays an
important role in helping your eye adjust between seeing
objects that are near and far.
The procedure involves placing the Verisyse™ Phakic IOL
behind your cornea and on top of your iris. This gives your
eye another focusing lens that provides high-quality,
high-definition vision like a normal eye. Although the
Verisyse™ Phakic IOL is intended to be permanent, the
procedure is reversible if desired.
the Verisyse™ Phakic IOL is an outpatient procedure that
takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Usually, one eye is
treated at a time.
Drops will be placed in your eyes in order to reduce the
pupil size. For better access to your eye, we will use an
instrument to comfortably hold your eyelids open during the
procedure. A local anesthetic is given to numb the eye, so
the procedure is virtually painless. A small incision is
made in the cornea for the Verisyse™ Phakic IOL to be placed
in the space between the iris and the cornea. The Verisyse™
Phakic IOL is centered in front of the pupil (the black part
in the center of your eye), and is gently attached to the
iris (the colored part of your eye) to hold the lens in
place. The small incision is closed with microscopic
stitches that dissolve over time. A temporary shield
will be placed over your eye to protect it during the time
just after the procedure.