Help with aniridia
What is aniridia and what are the consequences for those affected?
In your leisure time or at work – there are many ways to injure your eyes in everyday life. Gardening accidents caused by sharp objects or in the household by corrosive chemicals are only a few of many causes of more than 300,000 eye injuries a year. If the natural iris is damaged partially or is missing completely, it is referred to as aniridia.
Apart from acquired iris defects, aniridia can also be congenital.
What is special about the CUSTOMFLEX® ARTIFICIALIRIS from HumanOptics?
With the CUSTOMFLEX® ARTIFICIALIRIS, HumanOptics has created a solution that finally gives those affected by aniridia hope of an improvement in quality of life. The CUSTOMFLEX® ARTIFICIALIRIS from HumanOptics is a globally unique and medically recognized implant that restores the eye both medically and aesthetically.
The color of the CUSTOMFLEX® ARTIFICIALIRIS is individually adapted to the original iris of the patient and is manufactured by hand in Germany. A photo of the intact iris serves as the basis for the color design of the iris implant. Even the finest color nuances of the iris are individually considered – this is the only way to achieve a natural appearance. The eye treated with CUSTOMFLEX® ARTIFICIALIRIS can scarcely be distinguished from a healthy eye.
What is the treatment procedure?
For affected patients eligible for this procedure, color photos are taken of the defective residual iris and the existing healthy iris of the second eye. The experts at HumanOptics use these templates to precisely transfer the color pattern to the implant. If no iris is present at all, the eye color can be designed according to a freely chosen photo of any iris – that of a relative, for instance.
The insertion of the CUSTOMFLEX® ARTIFICIALIRIS usually is performed under local or general anesthesia. The rolled-up silicone disc is inserted through an approximately 3 mm incision at the edge of the cornea, and then unfolded and fixed in the eye.
As soon as the protective dressing is removed from the eye after the operation, the treatment result is visible and the new iris can assume its light-limiting function. With the defined pupil size, the iris implant offers a good compromise between day and night vision. The sensitivity to light is greatly reduced and depth of field is improved. Contrasts and color nuances become more pronounced.
What do the experts say about CUSTOMFLEX® ARTIFICIALIRIS?
Prof. Hans-Reinhard Koch, Rotkreuzklinik Bonn, was significantly involved in the development of the implant. He has had numerous, very positive outcomes with the CUSTOMFLEX® ARTIFICIALIRIS:
“The CUSTOMFLEX® ARTIFICIALIRIS is a decisive step in the treatment of aniridia or severe iris defects. For the first time ever, the functional and aesthetic properties, along with the optimal biological compatibility meet the requirements for an ideal iris replacement. Patients report a significant improvement in their quality of life.” (Quote Prof. H.-R. Koch)
Pictures are courtesy of Kevin M. Miller, MD, Jules Stein Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
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