Surgically implanted lenses, also called phakic IOLs (intraocular lenses), are an alternative option to high correction spectacles for people seeking a permanent correction of for high degrees of long or short sightedness.
The implants, which resemble contact lenses, are placed between the clear front covering of the eye (cornea) and the iris (coloured portion of the eye) or just behind the iris.
Implantable lenses are a surgical alternative to LASIK. LASIK is not advisable for people requiring very high prescription spectacles or for those who do not meet recommended criteria ( i.e cornea too thin).
A key advantage to ICL implantation however is that the lens can usually be removed, and for this reason the procedure is often termed ' reversible'.
Unlike tradional cataract or clear lens extraction ( PRELEX) surgery the natural lens remains in place and the new lens is placed in front of the natural lens (protected by the iris or capsuar membrane)
Professor Aggarwal uses a foldable lens to reduce the actual incision size to an absolute minimum.
Prior to the operation, a number of painless measurements and tests are carried out to ensure suitability. Each lens is manufactured to match your prescription and surgeons undertaking this procedure must carry out supplementary training. Professor Aggarwal has been specially trained to perfom this procedure.
The lens is implanted behind the iris and is invisible even when pupil is dilated ( fully open)
* The type of anaesthetic used will be discussed during the pre-operative assessment