You Should Get Implantable Contact Lenses to Correct Your Vision: Here’s Why

You Should Get Implantable Contact Lenses to Correct Your Vision: Here’s Why

Jun 07, 2021

Are you tired of using eyeglasses or removable contact lenses? Do you find them cumbersome? Well, you are in good company. Technological advancements have made it possible for our Scarborough optometrist to offer implantable lenses.

With implantable contact lenses in Scarborough, ON, you can say goodbye to the issues that come with wearing removable contact lenses and eyeglasses. These innovative contact lens alternatives are used to correct vision, just like the traditional contact lenses.

eady to learn what the implantable contact lenses in Scarborough, ON, are all about? If so, let’s delve a bit deeper.

About Implantable Contact Lenses

For years, eyeglasses have been the go-to option when it comes to correcting vision. Then came contact lenses, which have been a significant advancement. However, they also have drawbacks that deter some people from using them.

Think of implantable lenses as a more permanent solution or permanent contact lenses. Regular contact lenses are placed on the eyes’ surface. On the other hand, implantable contact lenses are surgically placed in the eyes. They are inserted between the natural lens and the iris. When the lens is placed, it makes the eye’s lens refract or bend light on the retina, providing you with clearer vision.

Implantable contact lenses are made from a biocompatible material known as a Collamer (a blend of plastic and collagen). Therefore, you shouldn’t worry about discomfort or side effects. It is also referred to as a phakic lens because the lens is surgically inserted in the eye while leaving your natural lens intact.

Do not be scared by the fact that it has to be surgically inserted. Even though the lens may be referred to as “permanent,” it can be removed if there are major changes in your vision.

Who Is a Perfect Candidate for Implantable Lenses?

Although most people can use contact lenses, the implantable contact lens procedure is not for everyone. However, these permanent contact lenses are suitable for anyone who wishes to correct:

  • Astigmatism
  • Nearsightedness (myopia)

The surgery is also not suitable for children. It is more appropriate for people who are between the ages of 21 and 45. We recommend it to patients who desire a more permanent solution or want to eliminate the need for traditional contact lenses and eyeglasses.

These lenses can also be used as an alternative for patients who cannot undergo LASIK or laser eye surgery.

How Is the Implantable Lens Placed?

During your initial visit, which is usually a week before the surgery, your eyes will be prepped. This means that tiny holes will be made between the natural lens and the front of your eye. The procedure is performed using a laser. The whole idea is to avoid fluid buildup and pressure in the eye after the contacts have been inserted.

At times, you may receive anti-inflammatory eye drops or antibiotics a few days before the procedure.

Different steps are taken depending on the type of lens that will be used, if it is the Visian lens or the Verisyse lens. However, the general steps taken are:

  • Before the procedure commences, local or topical anesthesia will be administered to ensure that your eye is numb.
  • Our optometrist may also administer a mild sedative to help you stay calm and comfortable. Also, there will be an injection that will be administered around the eye to prevent you from moving your eye temporarily.
  • Your eyes will be cleaned, and your eyelids held open using a lid speculum.
  • Then, a small incision will be made, and a lubricant will be applied to help protect the cornea.
  • The implantable lens will be inserted through the slit or incision since the lens is very thin.
  • Then, the lubricant will be removed, and the incision can be sealed using tiny stitches.
  • Finally, ointment or eye drops will be placed in the eye, and the eyes will be covered with an eye patch.

In most cases, the surgery will take up to 30 minutes. After the lenses have been placed, you will go to the recovery room, where you will be monitored for a couple of hours. You will receive oral medication or eye drops to manage the pain. A follow-up appointment will be necessary, which is normally scheduled for the next day.

Afterward, your follow-up visits will be one month and six months after the surgery.

Contact our Scarborough optometrist at Dr. Allyson Tang Optometrist for more information regarding implantable contact lenses.

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