Q. What is an EyePCL?
An EyePCL is an implantable contact lens that functions to correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness, astigmatism and even presbyopia. The lens is placed in between the iris (the coloured part of the eye) and the natural crystalline lens, which refers to an area of the eye called the "Posterior Chamber". Implanting the EyePCL will help regain clear vision at all distances without the aid of specatcles or contact lenses.
Q. What is an EyePCL made out of?
The EyePCL is made out an acrylic that is soft and bio-compatible to the eye. This is important to ensure that the lens would sit quietly in the eye. The acrylic material is sturdy and hold its shape comfortably in the posterior chamber to avoid harming the natural structures of the eye.
Q. What is the meaning of "Phakic"?
The term "Phakic" refers to the state of the eye whereby the natural crystalline lens is untouched and is still intact. The EyePCL is a phakic lens whereby it will be placed in front of the cyrstalline lens and works together with it. The concept of a phakic lens is less traumatic as compared to some refractive surgery that requires removal and replacement of the entire crystalline lens.
Q. Who is the EyePCL intended for?
The EyePCL is for anyone above the age of 18 years old. It is functioned to give crystal clear vision to anyone with near-sightedness, far-sightedness, astigmatism and even presbyopia. However, just like any other refractive procedure, a series of preliminary tests have to be done to ensure that the individual is a suitable candidate for the EyePCL implantation. Visit your nearest Ophthalmologist to get yours eyes screened for EyePCL!
Q. Who should not have EyePCL?
Unfortunately, not everyone can enjoy the advantages provided by the EyePCL. Individuals with narrow chamber of the eye will not have enough space to accommodate the EyePCL. Pregnant and nursing mothers are also not allowed to go the procedure as it will involve medications and drugs. Consult your nearest Ophthalmologist to get yourself screened for EyePCL!
Q. What are the advantages of EyePCL over other refractive surgeries?
The procedure involves implanting a lens, which does not require removal of any structure of the eye. Hence, it can be said that the procedure is merely based on the concept of an additional lens in front of the natural lens of the eye. Other refractive surgeries may need to remove some tissues or structures of the eye, which can be traumatic and the risk of having vision loss is higher in these cases. Therefore, not only the risks are lower but also the vision quality is much higher with the EyePCL.
Q. Is the procedure reversible?
Unlike most refractive surgeries, the EyePCL implantation is a reversible procedure as it does not involve any replacement or removal of any eye structure. The EyePCL implant can be removed or replaced easily and will not involve a risky procedure.
Q. Will the EyePCL be visible?
Once implanted in the eye, the EyePCL will sit comfortably in between the iris (the coloured part of the eye) and the natural crystalline lens. The transparent EyePCL will not be visible to others and even you. It can only be seen by the Ophthalmologist by using a special instrument in their clinic.
Q. Can I feel the EyePCL once it has been implanted in the eye?
No. The EyePCL is thin and bio-compatible to ensure that it will sit quietly in the eye without harming any neighbouring eye structures. The lens will also be sitting in the posterior chamber and it is not tied to any structures of the eye so the individual will not feel the lens once it is implanted.
Q. What are the risks involved in an EyePCL implantation surgery?
Just like any other surgery, the EyePCL implantation surgery does come with a few risks. Some of the risks involved are overcorrection or undercorrection of eye power, removal or reposition of the EyePCL, infection, increase in intraoular pressure, cloudiness on certain parts of the crystalline lens, retinal detachment, macular hemorrhage, subretinal hemorrhage and, if these conditions are not treated, vision loss.
Q. What can we expect from an EyePCL implantation surgery?
An EyePCL implantation surgery is an outpatient procedure, which means that the patient is able to leave the hospital on the same day of the surgery. This 20-30 minute surgery will involve topical or local anesthetic to numb the senses. During surgery, minimal pain is experienced, however some doctors may give sedation upon patient's request. After surgery, the patient will require a designated driver to drive home. A few eyedrops will also be prescribed to take home.