Refractive surgery is not only for the cornea. When surgery to correct one or more vision disorders is performed on structures located inside the eye, then we refer to intraocular refractive surgery.
This is the case of the intraocular lens implant. It is used to resolve particularly substantial vision disorders that cannot be resolved by modifying the surface of the cornea, or when it is inadvisable to work on the cornea. A very small lens with the refractive power necessary to restore sharp vision, called a phakic IOL (IntraOcular Lens) is therefore inserted into the eye, via a self-sealing microincision of just a few millimeters.
The phakic intraocular lens (which is not inserted to replace the crystalline lens, which remains intact) is the solution for all those who have always been told that their vision disorder was too serious to be operated on.
Dr. Roberto Pinelli and Dr. Luigi Lodigiani are the surgeons who, along with the surgical nurses, conduct refractive surgery at the Switzerland Eye Research Institute.
At times however, it may be indicated to insert a suitable lens into the space occupied by the natural lens, which focuses images, in order to restore vision. This is termed lensectomy for refractive purposes. The lens is removed and is replaced by a lens that corrects the patient’s vision problem.
Cataract surgery is another intraocular refractive surgery technique carried out at the Switzerland Eye Research Institute: this is also known as refractive cataract surgery, and as refractive lensectomy.
A traditional cataract consists in the opacity of the natural lens that needs to be replaced with a biocompatible artificial lens to restore clear vision (termed a senile cataract). However, refractive cataract surgery al SERI Lugano always takes into account the vision disorders that were present before the onset of cataract. And eliminates them.
A cataract is therefore transformed from something to dread into an opportunity – an opportunity to eliminate the clouding of the lens and at the same time short-sightedness or far-sightedness, and even presbyopia. Glasses – both for long-distance and for reading – are no longer needed. The procedure we carry out is an anti-aging procedure.