Frequently asked questions

Phakic Lens (ICL)

If you're unsuitable for laser surgery, Phakic lenses may be a good alternative. Answers to your questions are here.

Am I a good candidate for Phakic lenses?


If you have been told that you are not a good candidate for corneal laser surgery, then phakic lenses may be a viable solution.

Younger patients between the ages of 21 and 45 with refractive stability (eyesight has not deteriorated significantly in the previous 2 years) are most suitable. Also, those who have problems with corneal thinness or scarring, dry eye syndrome, or a very high prescription (myopia greater than -11.00 dioptres (D), hyperopia greater than +5.00D and astigmatism greater than ±5.00D).

How long will I need to stay in the Czech Republic?


The lens is custom-made to your specific prescription, similar to an eyeglass prescription. The implantation requires two separate visits to Prague. The initial visit is a mandatory preoperative exam which takes only 1 day in order to fill your prescription for producing the custom-fit lens. After 6 weeks the lenses are ready to be implanted. Each eye requires  approximately 2 days, so expect 3-4 days in total.

What are the side effects of using Phakic lenses?


The most common side effects are visual disturbances such as glare, ghost images, starbursts and halos when correcting a high prescription and may persist for several months. This can sometimes affect driving at night.

When can I resume normal activities?


The recovery time is 4 weeks in total after the surgery, during that time you will use eye drops and need to be more careful with your activity level. However, you can continue your daily activities from the day after surgery. Our doctors do not prescribe a leave of absence unless you work in a risky environment (heavy dust, contact sports, risk of being hit in the head or lifting heavy objects).

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