Piggyback Intraocular Lens Exchange

I was quite worried about going ahead with the treatment in the first place, as tampering with my eyes and my eyesight has always scared me somewhat. But the whole process, from the consultation through to the surgery and the after-care was so reassuring – all the staff were incredibly thorough in their desire to make sure the results were nothing less than perfect. All the extra safety precautions and tests they do in comparison to other clinics really made you feel like you were in the safest place to have the surgery done.
George Blagden

Advanced Vision Care was one of the first eye clinics in the UK to offer Piggyback Intraocular Lens Exchange treatment and we are currently the leaders in this field. This treatment involves two different intraocular lenses being inserted into the eye, one inside the human lens capsule and one in front of it in the posterior sulcus which is located behind the coloured part of the eye.

This treatment is designed for patients with:

  • Complex prescriptions
  • Corneal abnormalities (like Keratoconus)
  • Monofocal lenses (after undergoing Lens Exchange treatment with the NHS or other clinics) and want to correct their near vision

Piggyback Lenses: Treatment Process

piggy back lenses - Piggyback Intraocular Lens ExchangeThe first implant replaces your natural lens. The second lens can be an Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) or IOL (intra-ocular lens).

The treatment takes 20 to 30 minutes per eye and each eye is treated individually, one day after the other. The process is as follows:

  • Anaesthetic drops are used to numb the eye.
  • Drops are used to dilate the eye being treated.
  • An eyelid guard is used to prevent blinking.
  • A micro incision is made at the edge of the cornea.
  • The phacoemulsification probe is used to break up and remove the natural lens or cataract.
  • The tailor-made intraocular lens is placed where the natural lens used to be.
  • There is no need for stitches as the incision is self-sealing.
  • The aftercare will begin the next day with a check-up for the treated eye.

Once the refractive stability is stable after treatment (usually 3 to 6 months), the second implant in the posterior sulcus (behind the coloured part of the eye) can take place.

  • Anaesthetic drops are used to numb the eye.
  • A sedative is given and the pupil is dilated using drops.
  • An eyelid guard is used to prevent blinking.
  • A micro incision is made at the edge of the cornea.
  • The folded tailor-made lens is inserted in the posterior sulcus.
  • As the micro incision is self-sealing there is no need for stitches.
  • The aftercare will begin the next day with a check-up for the treated eye.

 

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