This is when the natural lens has been removed from the eye (such as after cataract surgery) but has not been replaced with a new lens implant.  In the early days of eye surgery, cataracts were removed but not replaced with anything.  The vision was better but “aphakic people” required thick coke-bottle glasses to see well.  Today, most people receive a new implant so aphakia is rare.  Most people with aphakic eyes have had some kind of trauma or complicated cataract surgery that precludes the placement of a modern lens implant.

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  1. It is extremely rare to leave someone aphakic these days … even with trauma to the eye, an anterior chamber lens can usually be placed. Most people left aphakic are infants with congenital cataracts. As young children’s eyes are still growing, a lens is often placed later on. Strong contact lenses are used instead to help with vision (and avoid amblyopia).


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