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 takes about 20 minutes to an hour and 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.
If additional sutures are required, the operation may take longer than 1 hour and larger incisions may be necessary.
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.