Verisyse Phakic IOL
Dr. Eric Donnenfeld and Dr. Jonathan Stein of Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut offer extremely nearsighted patients the Verisyse phakic IOL. This lens implant is an excellent choice for patients who have poor distance vision but are not good candidates for laser eye surgery. Approved by the FDA in 2004, Verisyse has helped many nearsighted patients eliminate their need for glasses and contact lenses.
“The Verisyse lens changes the lives of these patients in a way they couldn't imagine until recently. Until now, many have been trapped in thick glasses or contact lenses and have not been able to participate in the miracle of traditional vision correction surgery,” says Dr. Donnenfeld, who served as an FDA investigator during the development of the Verisyse phakic IOL.
How Does Verisyse Work?
The Verisyse permanent lens implant is surgically implanted behind the cornea and on top of the iris to improve distance vision in patients with high myopia (nearsightedness). The lens works with the eye’s natural lens to deliver high-quality distance vision.
“The Verisyse lens provides an opportunity for a safe, proven and precise vision correction in a short outpatient procedure with quick recovery time for patients that are handicapped by moderate to severe nearsightedness,” adds Dr. Stein, who is one of a handful of U.S. refractive surgeons who have been trained to implant the Verisyse lens.
Verisyse IOL Surgery
Prior to Verisyse surgery, numbing eye drops are placed in the eye for maximum patient comfort. A special instrument is placed over the eye to hold it open. Next, a small incision is made on the surface of the eye and the Verisyse lens is attached to the iris, the colored portion of the eye. Small, dissolvable sutures are used to close the opening.
Verisyse surgery lasts about 15 to 30 minutes, after which patients are free to go home.
Verisyse Surgery Recovery
Patients who undergo this procedure generally recover within one to two days, during which they may be asked to wear a protective eye patch. Anti-inflammatory eye drops are provided to reduce the possibility of infection. After the procedure, distance vision improves right away, although some patients may experience a mild foreign object sensation for a few hours. Patients are generally able to return to work and daily activities the very next day. A series of follow-up exams are required to ensure a safe and smooth recovery.
Verisyse Surgery Candidacy
The best candidates for the Verisyse phakic IOL implant are individuals with severe myopia who do not qualify for laser eye surgery due to a thin cornea or other factors. Verisyse can only be implanted in a healthy eye, so all candidates should be free of eye diseases. Your Verisyse candidacy can be determined accurately during a one-on-one consultation with an OCC eye surgeon.
Please contact us to schedule your Verisyse consultation appointment.