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Phakic IOL surgery places a premium synthetic lens in front of your existing lens, correcting your vision much like a traditional contact lens, but from within your eye. This new lens will correct your vision and reduce your reliance on glasses and contact lenses.
You shouldn't drive in the days following lens surgery, so it's recommended that a friend or family member accompanies you to your surgery and to your follow-up appointments.
You'll arrive at your clinic, where your surgeon will greet you and go over the procedure with you.
Your optometrist will apply dilating and anaesthetic drops to your eye. You'll also be offered a light sedation by your anaesthetist, which will relax you and mean that you're aware of very little during the procedure.
Your surgeon will create a tiny opening in the surface of your eye, known as the entry point.
A new intraocular collamer lens (ICL) is implanted behind the iris, the circular structure in the eye which defines your eye colour, and secured into place.
Finally, your surgeon will apply eye drops and cover your eye with a patch or shield to ensure that it remains clean and protected.
You may experience a sense of discomfort as the anesthetic begins to wear off. If required, you can use over-the-counter pain relief to manage this.
You can now go home to rest and you'll return the following day if you are having surgery on your other eye. You should notice a rapid improvement in the quality of your vision.
As part of our aftercare programme, your optometrist and surgeon will recommend you attend routine aftercare appointments, which usually take place one day and one week after your surgery. Our aftercare programme lasts for 12 months and you will return for regular appointments as recommended by your optometrist.
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