The placement of ocular implants is a procedure that does not take much time (between 10 to 20 minutes per eye). It is usually done on an outpatient basis and under local anesthesia. It must be done in a perfectly sterile surgical environment.
Once the eye has been numbed with eye drops, the surgeon makes a micro-incision (2.2mm) in the cornea.
In the case of a cataract, the surgeon cuts the lens with an ultrasonic probe and removes it from the eye. The surgeon then proceeds to insert the intraocular lens. The micro-incision is usually not sutured because it is very small.
In the case of astigmatism or strong myopia, the lens is not removed and the surgeon proceeds directly to the placement of the lens, in front of or behind the iris (depending on the implant chosen).