Patients who suffer from iris damage are always looking for ways to shield their eyes from the painful amount of bright light. Dark sunglasses, eye patches, hats and always walking face down. Nowadays, this is no longer necessary. The current range of iris implants offers suitable solutions for the majority of these patients. They ensure that the right amount of light enters the eye so that the patient is no longer hindered by excessive bright light.
- The implants
Iris defects are not the same in all eyes. This is why OPHTEC, apart from manufacturing standard implants, also manufactures tailor-made models for individual patients. Furthermore, we also have implants with different methods of securing the implants. This is because the part of the eye that is left for lens attachment may differ from one eye to the next.
OPHTEC offers three different methods:
- Implants which can be inserted into the capsular bag,
- Implants which can be secured to the iris in case the capsular bag is not available,
- Implants which can be secured to the sclera (the white of the eye).
||One of the standard solutions provided by Ophtec is the iris prosthetic system. It is used in cases where both the iris and the natural crystalline lens need to be replaced. The ophthalmologist can reconstruct an iris with different elements. These elements, together with the artificial lens, are placed in the capsular bag.|
|The Aniridia lens may be used in cases where the iris is completely absent and the capsular bag cannot be used for implantation. In this case, the implant is secured to the sclera (the white of the eye).
|The Artisan iris reconstruction implant may be used in cases where the iris is damaged but where there is still some remaining iris tissue. This implant is attached to the iris with little clips and has an optical system at its core.|
|The Circular disc lens or Rota disc is inserted into the lens capsule. The implant comes with an optical system that is designed to suit a certain power.|
|The Occlusion lens is used to close off the pupil. This may be desirable when patients are suffering from double images.|
The pattern and colours of the iris are unique to each individual. As yet, it is not possible to make an implant which carries a copy of the original iris. However, OPHTEC does manufacture implants in various different colours: blue, brown, green, and black.
Blue eyes, however, are not necessarily fitted with blue implants. The intensity and colour of the iris in the other eye is always taken into consideration. The colour is decided on in consultation with the doctor. And very often OPHTEC is also consulted. This is done to avoid any disappointments later on.