In 2004 the FDA approved the first implantable lens for nearsightedness, the Verisyse phakic IOL, giving people in Indianapolis with extremely poor eyesight a new way to see the world around them.
The Verisyse IOL is called a ‘phakic’ intraocular lens because it is inserted as a compliment to the natural lens of the eye, as opposed to replacing the lens of the eye.
This lens is approved to treat moderate to severe levels of myopia, in the range of -5.00 to -20.00 diopters in people over the age of 21. It is a great option for people who are not candidates for LASIK, and tired of the hassles of glasses and contacts. In fact, in many cases, the Verisyse® IOL can provide vision better than LASIK or glasses could ever provide.
With the Verisyse phakic IOL procedure, the artificial lens is attached to the iris or colored part of the eye. This differs from the Visian™ ICL procedure, where the lens is inserted beneath the iris – a procedure that can also provide great results but at the expense of more risk for complications.
During surgery Dr. Price slips the tiny lens through a small incision and attaches it to the iris to hold it in place. Similar to a photographer bringing a camera lens into focus, the plastic lens helps create sharper images.
Dr. Price participated in the FDA approval study and has implanted over 100 of these newly approved lenses over the past 6 years.
The implantable lens comes in different powers to fit the patient’s needs. The lens provides crisp and clear vision especially to those who have high degrees of myopia. In the clinical trials, over 92 percent of the 662 study patients who had moderate or severe nearsightedness ended up with 20/40 or better vision.
Some people may still need glasses for night driving and other activities performed in low light conditions even after the surgical procedure. There is a small a risk of cataracts or infection with the procedure, but none of the patients in the U.S trials at our center developed cataracts.
People with thick glasses and corneas that are too thin for LASIK are among the best candidates for the new implantable lens.
If you are tired of the daily glasses and contact rituals, and looking for a new way to enjoy clear vision for years to come, then contact us today for a comprehensive eye exam. We’ll be happy to answer all your vision correction questions[/link], and share with you all the options available to eliminate your dependency on glasses and contacts.