Most of the people with low visual acuity are tired of wearing heavy unaesthetic glasses that make them look old. Indeed, they want to correct their visual defect once for all.
Fortunately, intraocular lens implant (IOL) is the best eye surgery for people like them! The ones who are seeking permanent correction of common visual disorders such as myopia.
These implants have the same qualities of contact lenses. They can be placed in two different ways:
- Between the cornea (the surface covering the eye) and the iris (the coloured part of the eye);
- Just behind the iris (between the anterior chamber and the posterior chamber of the eye).
The last method is the safest one as it prevents retinal detachment.
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Intraocular Lens implants in Turkey: Cost & Reviews
The Intraocular Lens implant considered as a surgical alternative to LASIK. Both procedures change the direction of the light rays so that they enter the eye sharply. LASIK achieves this by removing tissue from the cornea and changing its shape. On the other hand, intraocular lenses function as eyeglasses or contact lenses, but they do so within the eye.
Intraocular lens implants do not require tissue removal; the eye surgeon will implant these lenses straight into the eye.
What is the cost of Intraocular Lens implants in Turkey?
Eye surgeons can use intraocular lenses for the patients whose sight correction procedure does not lead to good results. In some cases, the cornea is too thin or myopia is from -3 to -20 dioptres to be corrected with LASIK. For some patients with intraocular lens implant, LASIK can be used to refine the correction.
That cost of the lens implant surgery in Turkey can vary depending on patients. In fact, it can increase for those who have astigmatism or hyperopia as the corrective lenses have more complexity.
Which is more expansive: Lens implants or LASIK?
Unfortunately, this surgery is more expansive than Lasik. However, lens implants can fix almost any refractive error. Added to that, and the vision acuity after lens implants is better than that after LASIK.
Which is better: Pseudo-phakic or Phakic Intraocular Lenses?
Several surgical options exist for sight correction. Indeed, there are two main types of intraocular lenses used in this surgery:
Phakic Intraocular Lenses
Phakic intraocular lenses or visian ICL(implantable collamer lens) are plastic or silicone-made lenses. Their name refers to the fact that they are is implanted into the eye without withdrawing its natural lens.
Surgeons use phakic IOL implantation for vision correction in young people such as:
Pseudo-phakic lenses are mono-focal, Toric, or multi-focal intraocular lenses. They are employed to treat cataracts and presbyopia in people over the age of 40. Through multi focal lenses, in addition to curing the disorder, it is possible to correct the associated refractive errors.
What happens during the intervention?
Before starting the surgery, the ophthalmologist apply eye drops to temporarily reduce the size of the pupil. Then, he uses a tool called retractor to keep the eyelids open during the surgery. He also applies a local anesthesia to numb the eye surface.
Thereafter, he makes an incision in the eye, inserts the intraocular lens and attaches it to the iris. Finally, the surgeon uses a soluble suture to close wounds.
After the surgery you must apply an eye shield for a period of time that does not exceed 30 minutes.
What is the best technique in Turkey & Istanbul?
When it comes to cataract surgery, the IOL implant is the only solution to the visual problem. In the case of presbyopia, this surgery is more recommended than LASIK since it prevents the appearance of cataracts. In case of a refractive error, the first option is the treatment with laser surgery which is characterized by its simplicity.
However, when this type of intervention is not possible, the only effective alternative is the implantation of phakic intraocular lenses.
Are there any risks?
Intraocular lens implant does not lead to any side effects in Turkey and Istanbul. Thanks to the flexibility of this type of lens, the surgery is minimally invasive. However, as with any surgical treatment, some complications must be considered. Although they are synthetic components, the substance that the IOL are made of does not cause any discomfort to patients.
Why are the risks of this surgery rare?
The first intraocular lenses were too hard and needed a large incision to be inserted during surgery.
Today, this limit has been overcome with the advent of the latest generation of intraocular lenses. We can mention those that are used in the partner clinics and hospitals of Turquie santé. Their flexibility and extraordinary lightness make them easier to introduce into the eyes through a small incision.
What are the potential complications?
Surgical site infections are the possible risks of any type of surgery. For this reason, it is important to find an accredited clinic or hospital that is equipped with appliances in perfect conditions. Our partner hospitals and clinics have many ophthalmologists and doctors with a great experience in refractive surgery work.
What is the Price of intraocular lens implants?
In addition to concerns about risks and contraindications, many patients have concerns about prices. We invite you to check out our prices for the intraocular lens implant. Get an idea about the cost of the surgery to correct only myopia or more defects at the same time.
About 95% of the myopic patients who underwent surgery acquired at least 5/10 vision, which allows them to drive without eyeglasses. We put at your disposal all our experience with recognized doctors, clinics and hospitals in Bursa, Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, and Antalya.
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The intraocular implant is a lens made of plexiglass, silicone or hydrogel, and that is placed inside the eye to better converge the light rays. This intervention aims to correct intense visual defects or to treat cataract disease.
Intraocular implant surgery is indicated for:
- Severe ametropia (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism) that is impossible to be treated with glasses or traditional lenses;
- Cataract disease (cloudy crystallin).
The surgeon makes a small 2 to 3 mm incision for soft lenses, and 6 mm for hard lenses, in order to introduce the intraocular implant. It is usually done under local anesthesia, on an outpatient basis (the patient leaves the same day).
The success rate of this operation varies depending on the type of eye disease the patient is suffering from. Typically, the average rate in our clinics in Turkey is 90%.