Phakic lenses are intended for correction of myopia and hypermyopia (from -3 to -20 diopters and above + diopters, cylinder maximum up to 4 diopters) in people from 20 to 40 years old who are not usually candidates for laser diopter correction. If the patient is under 40 years old and they cannot do laser diopter correction, phakic lenses are the right choice.
Dr. Biljana Kostovska, ophthalmic surgeon at Sistina Ophthalmology with many years of experience in refractive surgery, explains the occurrence of high diopters and a solution for it.
High diopters appear from childhood and can be determined at an early age. High diopters are hereditary and therefore a timely eye examination in children is crucial for further development.
Children with high diopters may show disinterest in school, be unable to read, write and will express their revolt elsewhere without knowing exactly what is going on.
It is a practice to implant phakic lenses in people aged 20 to 40 years. Phakic lenses replace contact lenses, which means that cataracts are more likely to occur in the eye itself. The intervention is quick and painless and the patient can see normally the following day.
Implantation of phakic lenses implies a return to old activities such as reading books and physical activity without the need of eye aids. Phakic lenses are the short way to vision without diopters.
High diopters are associated with thick spectacles. The frustration created by the heavy glass and the constant wearing of glasses can often affect the mental state of the person, therefore the conversation with the patient, at the examination itself and a detailed explanation of the situation is crucial for the further process.
“My own experience has shown me that phakic lenses have a positive effect on the mental state of the patient. After implanting the phakic lens and removing the high diopter, the patient feels more confident, while the headaches caused by the high diopter are gone.”
Restrictions after surgery are temporary and do not last long and are always in accordance with the recommendation of the ophthalmologist.
For the first 3 days after surgery, you should avoid washing your face with plain water and rubbing your eyes, and for the first month, avoid strenuous physical exertion (such as lifting heavy objects). It is especially important to use the prescribed therapy regularly and correctly.