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Implantable Lenses: Help for Severe Myopia

How to Choose a Doctor for Implantable Lens Surgery

Take your time and find a surgeon who has a lot of experience doing phakic IOL surgery. Be sure to find out what the fee covers. If you need additional procedures to correct astigmatism, for example, it may cost more. Here are some good questions to ask:

  • How many procedures have you performed?
  • What problems have occurred?
  • Are there patients I can talk to?
  • What will happen if I'm still nearsighted or become farsighted after surgery?
  • What is the plan for addressing my astigmatism?
  • If I need further treatment to correct my nearsightedness or astigmatism, is that included in the cost?

Implantable Lenses Bring Hope for Other Vision Problems

Hamilton foresees phakic surgery someday being used to treat other complex vision problems such as keratoconus, an irregular-shaped cornea. "These patients tend to have irregular astigmatism that's not corrected by glasses, and contact lenses don't fit well," says Hamilton. They are not a candidate for LASIK or other similar procedures because they have a weaker cornea, he says. "There is the potential for customizing the optics of these phakic lenses to compensate."

Reviewed on September 19, 2011

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