Where is the IOL placed?
A trained ophthalmologist will place the IOL through a micro-incision, placing it inside the eye just behind the iris in front of the eye’s natural lens. The IOL is designed not to touch any internal eye structures and stay in place with no special care.
Does it hurt?
No, most patients state that they are very comfortable throughout the procedure. Your ophthalmologist will use a topical anesthetic drop prior to the procedure and may choose to administer a light sedative as well.
Can the IOL be removed from my eye?
Although the IOL is intended to remain in place permanently, an ophthalmologist can remove the implant in a very quick and short procedure.
Is the IOL visible to others?
No, the IOL is positioned behind the iris (the colored part of the eye), where it is invisible to both you and observers. Only your doctor will be able to tell that vision correction has taken place.
Will the patient be able to feel the IOL once it is in place?
The IOL is not like a contact lens over the eye. It is placed inside the eye and cannot be felt.
Will it interfere with cataract Surgery later on?
No, it does not interfere with cataract surgery measurements. It is easily removed during cataract surgery along with the cataract and an entirely new lens is put in place of the cataract.