We use implant surgery to correct any refractive condition. There are two types of implants, anterior chamber intraocular lens (ACIOL) implant:
- Anterior chamber intraocular lens (ACIOL) implant:
There are two types of anterior chamber intraocular lens (ACIOL) implant (phakic) that can be placed in the eye in front or in the back of the iris. This technique helps to preserve the eye’s natural lens. An artificial lens is inserted in the eye. The patient cannot feel it at all.
The procedure lasts 15 minutes. No pain is felt during the hours following the surgery, but it is possible to feel some stinging and foreign body sensation. Besides the local anaesthesia, patients can ask for a tranquilizer that will be prescribed by an anaesthesiologist, allowing them not to be awake during the procedure.
There are two types of ACIOL:
- 1.1. Artisan® implant
The iris-fixated implant is implanted between the iris and the cornea, which is called the anterior chamber.
- 1.2. Intraocular lens implantation (ICL)
ICL is implanted on top of the natural lens of the patient. That small special lens is placed between the iris the natural eye lens in the anterior chamber.
Our team of eye specialists is happy to help you during a personal consultation at our clinic and discuss the most suitable treatment for you and their potential benefits and risks.
We remain at your disposition to discuss, in a personal interview, the method that most matches your need.
Clear Lens Exchange
This procedure implies replacing the eye‘s natural lens with an artificial lens. This procedure is recommended to treat cataract. Cataract is not a typical eye condition.
During a CLE, the eye totally loses its ability to focus. That’s why this procedure is only used when the eye focusing power is strongly diminished. Generally speaking, this condition affects people of over 40 or when anterior chamber implantation is impossible due to an anatomical issue of the anterior chamber (AC).
There are a plethora of synthetic intraocular lens (IOL). Based on examination results, eye structure as well as patients’ needs, the eye surgeon chooses the most adequate lens to use. The choice of the lens depends on many factors:
- A toric IOL is used when there is a major distortion of the cornea;
- Blue-filtering intraocular lenses are used to protect the retina;
- Multifocal intraocular lenses allow for a sharp vision from near and far
Possible side effects from refractive surgery
Nowadays, almost all eye conditions can be fixed. Preoperative consultation should determine if you can benefit from refractive surgery. If it is your case, your vision will be improved and you will be able to read and see without eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Just like any surgery, this procedure includes risks, even though, they are minimal. This is why we will give you a complete informational leaflet when you come to meet the eye surgeon.
Post-operative side effects:
In some extremely rare cases, shortly after the laser eye surgery or some years later, a congenital tissue condition can lead to a corneal curvature (keractectasia), which can reduce vision properties. Keractectasia can stabilised and corrected by corneal crosslinking (CXL), through customised contact lenses or the implantation of lenses in the cornea or intrastromal corneal ring segments.
- Long-term changes with implants:
In rare cases, occasional modifications inside the eye have been observed with certain first-generation implants. To remove this possibility, a regular eye exam every one or two years is recommended. If these unlikely changes arise, we can act quickly and proceed to the replacement of the lens, for example.
To exclude all possible risks, detailed pre- and post-operative examinations, as well as patient follow-up are systematically arranged with your eye surgeon at Brussels Vision Specialists.