Used to treat moderate to severe myopia (nearsightedness), the Verisyse™ phakic IOL lens is an excellent option for people who are not candidates for LASIK. In essence, the Verisyse™ procedure gives the eye another focusing lens that provides the same quality and definition as that of a normal healthy eye.
How Does the Verisyse™ Lens Work?
By placing the Verisyse™ phakic IOL micro lens behind your cornea and on top of your iris, an experienced Verisyse™ surgeon is able to alter the configuration of your eye to correct moderate to severe nearsightedness. Inserted through a tiny incision and implanted in front of the eye's natural lens, the Verisyse™ lens works by bending light rays so that they focus on the retina. The Verisyse™ lens is called a " phakic IOL" because your natural crystalline lens is left in the eye – an important point because your natural lens plays a key role in helping your eye adjust between objects that are near and far.
The Verisyse™ lens improves a patient’s distance vision, with the goal of eliminating glasses and contact lenses. In a clinical study involving 662 patients implanted with the Verisyse™ phakic IOL micro lens three years ago, 92 percent had 20/40 or better vision, and 44 percent had 20/20 or better.
The Verisyse™ implantable contact lens was the first phakic implantable contact lens approved by the FDA. An acrylic ICL, the Verisyse™ lens is made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), the material used in many intraocular lens implants. PMMA has been used in the eyes for over 50 years and proven biocompatible.
The Verisyse™ ICL, also called the Verisyse™ phakic ICL, is placed on top of the iris, just behind the cornea. In this location it is invisible to others and works with the eye’s natural lens to correct vision for those with moderate to extreme myopia (nearsightedness). The Verisyse™ ICL is placed in the eye through an incision in the cornea. This small incision is closed with sutures that dissolve over time. Improved vision is typically experienced the day following ICL surgery, however, your doctor can provide more detailed information on implantable contact lens results based on your individual vision correction needs.
What are the Risks and Benefits of the Verisyse™ Lens?
Your doctor can perform a series of tests to decide if the Verisyse™ lens procedure is right for you. To be considered for this procedure, your eyes must be healthy and free of any disease or abnormality of the iris, pupil, or cornea. Your degree of nearsightedness should be correctable with lenses between -5.0 to -20.0 diopters. And if you have astigmatism, it should be of 2.5 diopters or less.
Called "one of the most amazing inventions of 2004" by Time magazine, the Verisyse ™ phakic IOL lens is a promising alternative for anyone who is not a good candidate for cornea-based refractive surgery such as LASIK or PRK. However, as with any eye surgery, there are inherent risks, including temporary or permanent vision loss.
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If you meet all of the requirements for a successful Verisyse ™ phakic IOL lens procedure and would like to learn more about this life-changing surgery, DocShop is happy to help you find an experienced Verisyse™ doctor in your area.
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