Simon G Levy

Consultant Eye Surgeon
Reassuring Personal Care - Advanced Technology - Specialist Cataract and Refractive surgeon

Eyesite surgeon Simon Levy recommends this remarkable technology if you can't have laser because your glasses prescription is too high or your cornea too thin. It provides very high quality vision and can be removed so the eye returns to its previous state unchanged, perfect if you want to adopt new refractive technologies when they become available.

How the implantable contact lens works

This lens implant which is made from plastic is inserted into the eye through a keyhole incision and positioned in front of the eye's natural lens. It works together with the natural lens which is not removed. The implantable contact lens alters the focus of the eye and may correct even the most severe short or long sight or astigmatism. It is appropriate for people under the age of about 50 whose prescription is too strong for laser treatment. It may also appeal if you want a reversible technology. Implantation may be done under local or general (sleeping) anaesthetic.

In this very short sighted eye (left), the image is focused in front of the retina. The implantable contact lens (blue in the drawing on the right) is placed in the eye where it rests on the natural lens. The image is now focused onto the retina

The implantable contact lens