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Like many people with severe vision problems, you probably think you’re destined to wear glasses or contacts for the rest of your life. Well not so!
Used for decades in cataract surgery, intraocular lenses are today an effective and moreover highly appropriate solution for a number of severe vision problems. Inserted on the inside of the eye, they correct vision the same way glasses or contact lenses do.
At Cliniques Michel Pop, we offer a wide selection of intraocular lenses and can therefore select the best one to correct your specific vision problem. Thanks to intraocular lenses, millions of people like you enjoy better vision today. Some even achieve sharper vision than they had with their old corrective lenses!
Intraocular lenses can be used to correct presbyopia, myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and cataracts.
Your surgeon will conduct an ophthalmological exam. At this time, Dr. Pop will determine the type and strength of intraocular lenses you need. He will explain to you the various techniques, along with the benefits and drawbacks of each one. You will then be given the operative consent form to take home and read carefully.
This visit is an excellent opportunity to ask any questions you may have. At the end of the appointment, you will have in hand all the information and documentation you need to properly prepare for your procedure.
It’s normal to be nervous before a procedure on your eye. To help you relax, we will give you a mild oral sedative. You will then rest for 20 minutes. The eye will then be anesthetized with eye drops. No needles are used. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, the surgeon will begin the procedure.
The procedure takes approximately 20 minutes. Depending on the type of lens recommended, they may be placed between the cornea and the crystalline lens or in place of the crystalline lens. Once it is finished, we will invite you to rest for 30 minutes in the recovery room. After that, you are free to return home.
The day after surgery, we will check to make sure your eyes are healing as expected. A second postoperative exam will be conducted one month later.
You are entitled to free postoperative visits and follow-up for a 12-month period following surgery. After this time, we invite you to sign up for the Plan Pop.
Where are the intraocular lenses inserted?
Depending on the type of lens recommended, they may be placed between the cornea and the crystalline lens or in place of the crystalline lens. The crystalline lens is the eye’s natural lens. It is what allows you to focus on objects close up. In some people with severe hyperopia or myopia, the crystalline lens cannot do its job properly because the eye defect is too pronounced. In such cases, the best solution is to replace the crystalline lens with an intraocular one.
Is it dangerous to have an intraocular lens implantation?
Today, thanks to modern microsurgery techniques, the risk of serious complications of eye surgery is very small (less than 1%). There is therefore little cause for concern, even though it’s quite normal to be anxious about the idea of such a procedure.
Is intraocular lens implantation a safe and effective procedure?
Yes. The insertion of intraocular lenses is a procedure that has been performed for decades to treat cataracts. Hundreds of thousands of people have undergone this type of surgery with great success. Moreover, the quality and precision of intraocular lenses has vastly improved, and they are now an effective treatment for a variety of other vision problems.
Are cataracts treatable?
Yes. There is only one treatment for cataracts: replace the crystalline lens. This is done by microsurgery. The surgeon first makes a tiny incision in the eye, then removes the crystalline lens and replaces it with a flexible intraocular lens. This surgical procedure generally yields excellent results.
Is cataract surgery painful?
Medicine has evolved a great deal in 15 years, and nowadays cataract surgery is not painful. During the procedure, which lasts about 20 minutes, you will only feel pressure and the occasional prickling sensation. Patients can resume their everyday activities the very next day. The anesthesia is administered in the form of eye drops; no needles are required.
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