When most people consider the possibility of life without contact lenses or glasses, they’re usually thinking of LASIK or another type of laser eye surgery. Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK.
If you are less than 40 years of age and have a very high prescription, then the use of an additional lens can be a very good alternative to LASIK.
AcrySof® CACHET™ Phakic Lens
The AcrySof® CACHET™ phakic lens works with your natural lenses to help focus light for sharper distance vision. As part of a vision correction procedure known as phakic surgery, the AcrySof® CACHET™ phakic lens is implanted in the anterior chamber of your eye. Once in place, phakic lenses add the focusing power you need to help correct high myopia. It’s like wearing your glasses or contacts all the time – but without all the worry.
Clinical Research on AcrySof®CACHET® Lens.
Like any surgery, implantation of an AcrySof® CACHET®Lens is an important matter that you should thoroughly consider with your doctor. Together, you should discuss the potential benefits and risks of surgery, and decide if the AcrySof® CACHET®Lens is right for you.
Your results may vary, but clinical research on AcrySof® CACHET®Lens shows that the lens delivers excellent distance vision, without the need for contacts or glasses. In one study, nearly 80% of patients were completely free from glasses three months after surgery on both eyes. Furthermore, the majority of patients implanted with the AcrySof® CACHET® Lens achieved distance vision of 20/25 or better without glasses.
The AcrySof® CACHET® Lens is designed to reduce or eliminate moderate to high nearsightedness in adults. If your prescription is between -6.0 diopters and -16.5diopters, you may be a candidate.
A significant advantage of this procedure is that the power of the lens implant can be changed if the need arises in the future.
The Artisan and Artiflex Phakic Intra-Ocular Lens
For those with significant degrees of astigmatism the PHAKIC ICL of choice is the Artisan Ophtec Iris-Fixated ICL. Hyperopia, astigmatism, and myopia are treated with this lens.
What are Artiflex and Artisan lenses?
Artisan and Artiflex lenses are small, ultra-thin contact lenses that are implanted into the eye to correct short-sightedness, long-sightedness and / or cylinder deviations. An Artisan or Artiflex lens is attached to the iris with two tiny clips. Once implanted, the lens remains permanently in your eye.
Artisan and Artiflex lenses could very well be a solution if you are troubled by glasses or contact lenses.
Why opt for an Artisan or Artiflex lens?
- The treatment is reversible
In the unlikely event of a medical complication, the artificial lens can be removed, leaving your eye in its original state.
- Excellent visual acuity
With Artisan and Artiflex lenses, excellent visual acuity is standard in most cases as the central cornea remains intact.
- Safe and effective
Artisan lenses have been implanted for more than 25 years. Extensive studies have shown the lens to be safe and effective, also in patients treated many, many years ago.
- Even major deviations can be corrected
Artisan and Artiflex lenses are also available if you have a high plus or minus deviation. (+12 -23.5 dioptres) with or without cylinders. A laser procedure is only suitable if your visual deviation is not too high (please consult the image below for a general indication).Artisan and Artiflex lenses are often seen as a means to further extend the dioptre range of laser treatments. This is not entirely right. In cases where customers are equally suitable for both treatments, many opt for the small lenses on the basis of the benefits stated here.
How does the implantation technique work?
During a brief treatment under local anaestesia, the Artisan or Artisan lens is implanted through a tiny incision at the edge of the cornea.
The lens consists of an optical and a haptic part. The optical part contains your required correction; it is the part that makes you see better. The haptic part consists of two clips on either side of the lens. This clip contains a tiny opening; with the use of a small, specially designed instrument, a minuscule fold of iris tissue is clamped between the clip. Once the lens is fitted snugly and securely, the main part of the procedure is completed.
In an Artisan lens implantation the tiny incision is subsequently sutured, in an Artiflex implantation the incision is smaller and does not need to be sutured.
Which are the differences between Artisan and Artiflex lenses?
Artisan and Artiflex lenses are made of different materials. The optical part of the Artiflex lens is made of silicone, a flexible material. An Artisan lens is made of PMMA, an inflexible plastic. The properties of an Artiflex lens allow it to be folded upon insertion, allowing for only a tiny incision of 3.2 mm. This incision heals quicker than the slightly larger one needed with the Artisan lens (5 or 6 mm). Consequently, optimal vision is reached sooner with the Artiflex lens. Which lens is suitable for you, depends on your specific condition.