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Intraocular Phapic Implants

Phapic implants are used for myopia, hyperopia and/or severe astigmatism. This procedure is reversible and corrects most visual defects. The implant can be removed when the situation is required, eg. Cataracts, changes in refraction, etc. So-called Artisan / Artiflex lenses are grasped to the iris, i.e., the colored part of the eye. ARTISAN and ARTIFLEX lenses are currently proved implants. They are smaller than contact lenses and are designed to be placed inside the eye to correct vision.

ARTISAN and ARTIFLEX lenses are inserted in the eye, attaching them to the iris with two tiny clips to secure them in a perfectly aligned position. The surgical procedure does not require hospitalization. Most patients achieve good vision a few days after surgery. The procedure is minimally invasive and normally does not take more than twenty minutes.

Phapic implants for hyperopia are used for severe hyperopia, generally exceeding 6 diopters.
When the patient is older than 60 years of age, the crystalline or lens is removed, and intraocular lenses are implanted with the correction required for the patient. When the patient is over 40 years of age, reading glasses are still needed.


  • • Between 18 and 60 years of age
  • • Stable refraction with no changes over the last year
  • • Good general health

Available ranges

  • • From -1 to -23.5 diopters (myopia)
  • • From +1 to +12 diopters (hyperopia)
  • • Cylindrical correction up to 7.5 diopters (astigmatism).
  • • From -2 to -14.5 diopters (myopia)

Refractive surgery

Eximer laser can also correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. The procedure is called LASIK (Laser In Situ Keratomileusis) when it involves cutting flaps of the cornea, or PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) when no cuts are involved, only a surface laser ablation is performed. This procedure modifies the cornea, the most superficial layer of the eye, to reduce or eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses by correcting myopia of up to 8 diopters, hyperopia of up to 4 diopters, and regular astigmatism of up to 6 diopters.

The procedure consists of "reshaping" the cornea with the correction that the patient uses in eyeglasses or contact lenses. This technology emits computer-controlled pulses of light to the cornea.
Both the surgical procedure and the post-surgical recovery are painless; foreign body sensation and tearin can be experienced after surgery.
Anesthesia does not create any problems either, as it is administered in the form of eye drops.
It is a short procedure: in general, it takes no more than 5 minutes.
It requires few follow-up control and allows the patient to return to normal activities immediately. The only precaution is to avoid rubbing the eyes.

Refractive surgery is always an elective procedure.

What to expect after surgery

While the procedure is successfully performed in millions of patients around the world, there is no guarantee that the patient will be able to fully do without glasses. This surgery makes up for the optical defect of the eye without modifying the underlying pathology. It does not decrease retinal diseases that nearsighted people suffer.

These disorders, associated with myopia, are likely to arise regardless of whether surgery is performed or not.

Alternative Surgical Methods

PRK (Photoretractive Keratectomy) Excimer Surgery

The excimer “reshapes” the cornea on its surface, leaving an ulcer that disappears after three or four days. For that reason, it is likely to cause more healing problems and post-surgical pain than Excimer Laser surgery.
It is indicated for superficial corneal scars and for slight myopia.

LASEK (Laser Assisted Epithelial Keratomileusis) Surgery

In this procedure, the laser is applied on the surface of the cornea, after displacing the top layer, or epithelium.
It does not require cutting flaps of the cornea.
It is indicated for thinner corneas.

Alternative Non-surgical Methods

Correction using eyeglasses.
Correction using contact lenses, if they are well tolerated by the patient.