Phakic Intraocular Lenses is a procedure for Nearsightedness (myopia).
Although cornea-based procedures such as LASIK and PRK have dominated the refractive surgery market, newer intraocular techniques are often excellent options for select patients seeking independence from glasses and contact lenses. Phakic intraocular lenses are now used in conjunction with the patient’s own natural lens to correct nearsightedness.
The practice of lens implantation was first developed for cataract surgery and has multiple potential advantages over corneal refractive procedures, including:
- accuracy for extreme nearsightedness,
- fewer visual side effects,
- preservation of normal corneal architecture.
One example of a phakic intraocular lens option is the Visian ICL™.