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Implantation of phakic lenses

The implantation of intraocular phakic lenses is one of the most modern methods of reversible correction of vision defects. It is performed even in cases of advanced nearsightedness or farsightedness. These lenses allow you to forget about wearing glasses or contact lenses. On the other hand, the reversibility of the procedure means no permanent interference with the structures of an eyeball. This distinguishes type of surgery from other vision correction methods. Currently, there are two types of lenses – anterior chamber and lenses implanted in our clinic- posterior ventricular (IPCL), which are attached in the ciliary groove behind the iris.

Indications for the implantation of phakic lenses

The indication for the procedure is stable (it has not changed over the last 6 months) months) the sight defect in the range: sph. -30.0 – +15.0 dpt. with cyl. up to 8.0 dpt. Down Patients aged 21 to 55 are eligible for implantation. Lenses are especially recommended for people for whom laser refraction correction is not recommended (or for those who do not want to undergo such a procedure).


Even though phakic lens implantation is a remedy for vision problems, it is an extremely effective method of treatment, there are several contraindications to its implementation. In addition to advanced medical issues, recognized by a physician for phakic lens implantation – such as too small anterior chamber depth, too large diameter in mesopic conditions (with insufficient amount of light) or too low dimensions of the corneal iris angle, other ailments are also contraindicated.

These are primarily health problems such as:

  • high intraocular pressure (over 20mmHg),
  • glaucoma,
  • cataracts,
  • retinal detachment,
  • iris adhesions – posterior and in the drainage angle,
  • keratoconus (if you have not had a CrossLinking procedure before),
  • diabetes,
  • multiple sclerosis,
  • Fuchs dystrophy,
  • “dry eye” syndrome,
  • other ophthalmological pathologies,
  • active systemic infections.

The course of the procedure

The phakic lens implantation procedure is performed under local anesthesia. It consists of making a small incision of the cornea (2.4–2.65 mm) and insertion into the anterior chamber the so-called viscoelastic material. It is polymer that stabilizes the structure of an eye, making it possible to place a foldable lens in it.

The use of a phakic lens is similar to the use of ordinary contact lenses, but eliminates several disadvantages of this solution. Such as, for example, the need to regular disinfection, periodical replacement of lenses, inability to use them in dusty or dirty rooms, chemicalls and the risk of rinsing them out when using the pool or during normal use of bath.

The effect of the treatment

The phakic lens implantation procedure is considered safe, effective and permanent. Its huge reversibility is an advantage, which means that it can be removed if found to be poorly tolerated by the patient’s body or in the event of any complications.

In our clinic phakic lens implantation is carried out by an experienced specialist with many years of experience – dr Łukasz Cwalina.