What are the implantable contact lens risks?

Interview transcription:

In an interview, Alex Shortt discusses the risks associated with implantable contact lens.

Interviewer: Presumably, because you’re going into the eye, there are some additional risks that you wouldn’t have with conventional laser eye surgery. Can you explain what some of those are?

Alex Shortt: The reason why we don’t just go to this brilliant technology is that it comes with an additional risk, over and above laser eye surgery. And that is the risk of infection inside the eye.

This is something that all eye surgeons live in fear of: endophthalmitis. That means infection inside the eyeball. Endophthalmitis has the potential to permanently damage your vision and leave you effectively blind.

Now, that doesn’t always happen. But we estimate that the risk of getting a severe infection after any form of surgery inside your eye is 1 in 2,500 cases. The risk of that causing permanent damage to your eyesight or permanent vision loss, is 1 in 10,000 cases.

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Mr Alex J. Shortt | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

MB BCh MSc PhD FRCOphth PGDipCatRef

I’m Alex Shortt, a highly trained academic researcher and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon based in London’s famous Harley Street medical district. I trained and worked as a consultant for 14 years at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital. I specialise in advanced technologies for correcting vision, including cataract surgery, implantable contact lenses and laser vision correction.

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