VERISYSE PHAKIC INTRAOCULAR LENS
Verisyse Is Good News for People with Severe Nearsightedness
This is a great procedure for patients who are extremely nearsighted and outside the range of LASIK. Verisyse™ is an intraocular lens implant for patients over 21 years of age who have a prescription greater than -5.00 diopters to -20.00 diopters of myopia with 2.50 diopters or less of astigmatism correction. This allows the patient to have more natural vision without the need for heavy glasses or the hassle of contact lenses.
Lenses are available in a range of prescriptions, allowing the vision to be corrected for a range of nearsightedness. If any residual vision correction is needed after the eye has healed, LASIK may then be performed (available without any additional cost).
How Verisyse™ Works
The procedure involves placing the Verisyse™ Phakic IOL behind your cornea and on top of your iris. This gives your eye another focusing lens that provides high-quality, high-definition vision like a normal eye. Although the Verisyse™ Phakic IOL is intended to be permanent, the procedure is reversible if desired.
The word “phakic” means that your natural crystalline lens is left in the eye. This is important because your natural lens plays an important role in helping your eye adjust between seeing objects that are near and far.
How Verisyse™ Looks In Your Eye
How To Qualify For This Procedure:
- You must have a stable cornea and refraction – if you wear contact lenses you must come out of them until your cornea stabilizes.
- You must have no eye disease including cataracts, retinal disease or detachment.
- You will need multiple measurements to accurately calculate the lens power. This will involve multiple office visits.
- You will need to take off at least 3 days from work for each eye after surgery
- You will need to take all medications as directed and return for follow up examinations as required.
- You may have to wear glasses and or contact lenses after surgery and you may need further surgery (LASIK or PRK) after this implant to achieve your best visual potential.
- This is an Intraocular surgical procedure and has the inherent risks and benefits of any other intraocular surgical procedure.
About The Verisyse™ Procedure
Implanting the Verisyse™ Phakic IOL is an outpatient procedure that takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes. One eye is treated at a time.
- Drops will be placed in your eyes in order to reduce the pupil size.
- A local anesthetic is given to numb the eye, so the procedure is virtually painless.
- You are prepared for sterile surgery.
- A small incision is made in the cornea for the Verisyse™ Phakic IOL to be placed in the space between the iris and the cornea.
- The Verisyse™ Phakic IOL is centered in front of the pupil (the black part in the center of your eye), and is gently attached to the iris (the colored part of your eye) to hold the lens in place.
- The small incision is closed with microscopic stitches.
- A temporary eye shield will be placed over your eye to protect it for the first eight hours.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Verisyse™ Refractive IOL
- What’s the difference between VerisyseT and LASIK?
Verisyse™ is specifically designed to provide precise vision correction for very nearsighted people who are not candidates for iLASIK.
- Will I be able to see or feel the Verisyse Phakic IOL in my eye?
Once the Verisyse Phakic IOL is placed inside your eye, it is virtually undetectable; however, you and others may be able to see the lens in your eye if you look very closely. Because the Verisyse Phakic IOL is placed inside your eye, you will not be able to feel it.
- Is Verisyse safe?
Yes. The Verisyse Phakic IOL is made from polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) – an extremely well proven biocompatible material that has been widely used in and on eyes for over 50 years.
- Is the Verisyse procedure painful?
Local anesthesia is used to numb your eye prior to surgery so most patients experience no pain during the procedure. Although some discomfort is normal during the healing process, the vast majority of patients experience little or no pain after the Verisyse procedure.
- How many patients have had the Verisyse procedure?
The Verisyse Phakic IOL design has been successfully used in Europe for 18 years. More than 150,000 phakic procedures have been performed worldwide. In the United States, clinical studies of the Verisyse procedure began in 1997.
It was FDA approved in 2004 after these clinical studies proved that Verisyse is a safe and effective way to reduce your need for thick glasses and contact lenses.
- Can I see well near and at a distance with the Verisyse Phakic IOL?
Most people under the age of 40 who have the Verisyse procedure see well near and at a distance because their natural lens is left in place. This lens (the crystalline lens) naturally adjusts to focus on near and distant objects. As you age, this natural lens function may diminish and you will eventually need reading glasses to see objects that are near.
- Can I go swimming with the Verisyse Phakic IOL in my eye?
Once your eye has healed, you can swim and participate in virtually any other activity with the Verisyse Phakic IOL because unlike contact lenses, the Verisyse Phakic IOL is placed inside your eye, behind the protective covering of your cornea. Therefore, it is not affected by external elements such as water.
- Is the Verisyse Phakic IOL affected by elements like rain or steam?
The Verisyse Phakic IOL is not affected by external elements like rain or steam because it is implanted inside your eye, behind the protective covering of your cornea.
- How long does the Verisyse Phakic IOL last?
Clinical evaluations have proven that PMMA can remain in the eye for decades without changing its properties or losing stability; however, the procedure is completely reversible. If, in the future, your surgeon determines that there is a better procedure, the Verisyse Phakic IOL can be surgically removed at any time. Only your doctor can determine if this measure may be necessary.