Intraocular Lenses FAQ

The intraocular lens procedure has helped many patients who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness or cataracts to achieve highly improved vision. It is the lens-based corrective most commonly used to overcome the vision problems caused by cataracts, and many patients report that the quick results from their Verisyse Phakic IOL have provided them with a new quality of vision. The IOL is designed to replace the natural lens of the eye, effectively serving as new and crystal-clear lenses for the patient.

Dr. Soroudi Answers Common Questions About IOLs

These are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the IOL procedure, provided by world-renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Soroudi. If you think intraocular lenses might be exactly what you need to bring new life to your eyes, be sure to contact our office as soon as possible to set up an appointment.

Am I a candidate for the Verisyse IOL procedure?
If you are 21 or older and have stable vision—with a change in refraction of less than 0.5 diopters in 6 months, and astigmatism of 2.5 diopters or less—you may qualify for the intraocular lens procedure. Even individuals who do not qualify for LASIK surgery due to high refractive correction, thin corneas, or another condition may safely benefit from the Verisyse IOL.

Is the intraocular lens procedure safe?
Yes. The Verisyse IOL has helped thousands of patients receive clear eyesight. In clinical trials, it was found that 92% of individuals who underwent the procedure received 20/40 vision or better, and after 3 years, 44% of patients had 20/20 or better vision. IOLs have been in use for over 18 years and have been performed on over 150,000 individuals all over the world.

What are IOLs?
The Verisyse Phakic Intraocular Lens—or IOL—can help people who suffer from impaired eyesight due to cataracts, as well as other eyesight problems such as nearsightedness and farsightedness. The IOL is positioned close to the eye's cornea and essentially works as a replacement for a cloudy natural lens. The Verisyse IOL lenses are made of plastic or silicon and have provided thousands of patients with a safe and effective alternative to LASIK surgery for almost two decades.

Does the Verisyse IOL require a long procedure?
An experienced surgeon such as Dr. Soroudi will typically take no longer than 15 to 30 minutes to complete the entire procedure for both eyes.

How is a Verisyse IOL different than my regular contact lenses?
A person who uses prescription contact lenses to correct their eyesight has to put the lens in every morning and take it out every night. This process can be annoying, painful, and even dangerous as contact lenses are easy to forget or misplace, leaving the wearer vulnerable. The Verisyse IOL eliminates these worries because it is a permanent fix.

What pre-existing conditions might prohibit me as a candidate for the Verisyse IOL procedure?
The Verisyse IOL procedure is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or individuals who suffer from certain eye maladies or who have experienced ophthalmic surgery in the past. A trusted ophthalmologist will be able to help you determine whether or not you are eligible for this procedure.

What will I experience during the Verisyse IOL procedure?
The specifics of the process will depend on the type of IOL procedure that you and your ophthalmologist decide is best for your situation. After administering a topical numbing agent in order to prevent any discomfort, the surgeon will make a tiny incision in the eye before inserting the IOL between the iris (the colored part of the eye) and the cornea. The procedure will take about 15 to 30 minutes total from beginning to end.

What will I experience after the Verisyse IOL procedure?
It is not unusual at all for patients to report immediate improvement in their eyesight after receiving intraocular lenses. These results should improve over time. Because of the numbing eye drops, the IOL procedure is fairly painless. Please make sure to arrange for transportation home, as it is not safe to drive immediately after the procedure.

Are there risks involved in the IOC procedure?
All eye care carries risks and the IOC is no exception. One possible result is corneal damage since the IOL sits close to the cornea. The risk related to the IOL procedure is relatively low. Be sure to consult your trusted ophthalmologist to talk about how intraocular lenses could affect you.

Will I really be free of glasses and contact lenses after the Verisyse IOL procedure?
While this is not guaranteed, many people who receive IOLs no longer need to wear external eyewear. Speak to your doctor for more information about how IOLs can help you achieve clear vision.

How do I learn more?
If you have more questions or would like to find out if the Verisyse IOL could help you, call our helpful staff at Dr. Soroudi's Los Angeles practice today for a consultation appointment.

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