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Phakic Intraocular Lens for Patients in Miami, Plantation, Sunrise, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Weston

If your distance vision is lacking, but you’ve been told you do not qualify for laser vision correction, it’s time to visit Sighttrust Eye Institute. Dr. Andrew Shatz is a board-certified ophthalmologist with advanced training in phakic intraocular lens implant surgery. This surgery is a replacement for laser vision correction. During this surgery, a contact lens is placed inside the eye, in order to treat hyperopia, myopia, and astigmatism. Those who are not able to have laser correction can decide on phakic intraocular lens surgery instead. Patients from Miami, Plantation, Sunrise, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Weston, who suffer from severe nearsightedness, can rely on Dr. Shatz and his team, to find the best solution for you.

Correcting Distant Vision with Phakic Intraocular Lens Implants

Phakic Intraocular Lens Implants work like contact lenses, except you don’t take them out at the end of the day. They are prescription implants, which are thin, and will correct your distance vision imperfections. Those who have had phakic intraocular lens replacement are able to focus well, even if they have a very high prescription. This surgery is unique in that the lenses are placed inside your eye avoiding the need for reshaping the cornea. By not having to reshape the cornea, sharper vision is usually gained. Phakic intraocular lenses are meant to be permanent, but if need be, they can be replaced. Patients from Miami, Plantation, Sunrise, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and Weston who have this surgery, understand it will only take 15-30 minutes and is done as an outpatient procedure. Most times one eye will be treated per procedure. Only a local anesthetic is used and then an incision is made in the cornea before the IOL is placed in the center, in front of the pupil. Once this is complete, small, dissolvable stitches are made and a temporary protective shield is placed over the eye, for protection.

FDA Approved Phakic Intraocular Lens Implants

We provide two FDA approved phakic intraocular lens implants; Artisan and Visian ICL. These lenses will work with your eye’s natural lens and offer you the freedom of no longer wearing thick glasses or contact lenses. Our cataract doctor will examine you and perform tests to find out if you are able to have phakic intraocular lens implants. During your examination, Dr. Andrew Shatz will determine if your eyes are healthy and have no disease, and if your nearsightedness can be corrected. Your eyes will need to have 4 diopters or less of astigmatism and the prescription should be stable. Once the cataract doctor has determined that you meet these requirements, then surgery for your phakic intraocular lenses can be made. For more information on phakic intraocular lens surgery, for patients in Miami, Plantation, Sunrise, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and Weston, call SighTtrust Eye Institute at 877-878-7890 or visit

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