Phakic Intraocular Lenses are another option available for patients with high levels of nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), or astigmatism that are too extreme for Laser Vision Correction, and for whom Laser Vision Correction on the cornea is not safe. A phakic intraocular lens, is a lens that is put inside a person’s eye without taking their natural lens out. The most common intraocular lens used today is the STAAR Intraocular Collamer Lens (ICL) which is a very thin intraocular lens designed to rest in front of the eye’s natural lens, just behind the iris. The Herzig Eye Institute has been performing the ICL procedure since 2001. It takes roughly ten minutes to perform the procedure. Both eyes are treated the same day. After a short period of healing, vision is frequently better than with glasses or contact lenses.
Who are the ideal candidates for Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)?
The ideal candidate for Refractive Lens Exchange is someone with a significant level of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Typically, the patient requires glasses for both distance and reading. Refractive Lens Exchange changes the focusing power of the eye by removing the eye’s natural lens and replacing it with a better lens that can provide good distance vision, good reading vision or both.
What is a Laser Iridotomy?
An iridotomy is a small opening made in the iris using a YAG laser. These openings are made near the upper edge of the iris where they are concealed by the upper lid. Usually two iridotomies are made in each eye. The procedure is safe and takes 1-2 minutes to perform. The purpose of the iridotomies is to allow the fluid in your eye to circulate and prevent pressure in the eye.
What is the difference between a Laser Correction procedure and a Refractive Lens Exchange?
There are three types of Laser Vision Correction procedures; SMILE, LASIK and PRK (also known as surface ablation). SMILE stands for SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction. It is the newest generation of laser vision correction technology. LASIK stands for Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) is the same laser procedure as LASIK. It differs, however, in how the cornea is prepared for the laser treatment. All three of these Laser Vision Correction procedures change the curvature of the cornea. A Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) does not alter the shape of the cornea. This procedure eliminates a refractive error by replacing the eye’s natural lens with an IOL that alters the refractive power of the eye.Herzig Eye Institute has been providing these options since the mid 90′s. Our founding surgeon, Dr. Herzig is a world-renowned pioneer in refractive surgery dating back to 1989. This has enabled Herzig Eye Institute to be a world leader in refractive surgery providing new technology and innovations to patients from around the world.
What is an ICL?
An Intraocular Collamer Lens or, ICL™ is a very thin intraocular lens designed to rest in front of the eye’s natural lens, just behind the iris. It allows light to properly focus on the retina. The ICL™ is inserted through a micro opening, so tiny that it does not require stitches. The eye is made numb using anesthetic eye drops and there is very little discomfort associated with the procedure. The surgery typically takes 15-20 minutes to perform and both eyes may be treated on the same day.