WHAT IS AN ARTIFICIAL IRIS?
The iris of your eye serves many other functions beyond determining eye color; it is also responsible for controlling the amount of light that enters the eye by widening or constricting the pupils. Individuals who suffer from a condition known as aniridia (a genetic absence of the iris) or trauma to this structure may have a severe vision impairment, along with a sensitivity to light. Aside from the visual side effects, these people can also experience emotional distress at the appearance of their eyes. To address these issues, our board-certified ophthalmologists are thrilled to perform artificial iris surgery at Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX.
"Focal Point Vision has provided excellent care for me. I came to them for cataract surgery and the doctors and staff have done a wonderful job, not only with the eye surgery and follow up, but also in helping me understand my available options. I have no hesitation in recommending them."- J.M. / Google / Oct 23, 2021
"I got to say that this is one great place for anyone that has eye problems you can't put a price on your vision they treat you like a person they're there for you from the beginning they make you feel special the staff is super nice and carrying I have seen a couple of eye doctors that couldn't diagnose my eye problem the first day I went they diagnosed my problem they set up the appointment right away I was blind after cataract surgery in my left eye for six months you don't know how it feels when you're used to seeing with both eyes and then losing your sight in one but thanks to the doctor and staff I am gaining my sight back slowly but surely it is like getting a second chance when you feel that there is no hope here is the place to go I highly recommended you will not regret it they will do everything possible to give you back your vision And by the way I want to thank dr. Lehmann couldn't ask for a better doctor"- J.H. / Google / Sep 29, 2021
"Very professional staff and Dr. Maverick knows what he’s doing-Felt at ease through the whole procedure-Glad I used Focal Point-no more glasses-Yea!! —Settled on Premium lens-Working out great for me—been two months"- H.F. / Google / Sep 24, 2021
"The staff at Focal Point Vision were very courteous and friendly and took time to answer all your questions."- S.M. / Google / Sep 21, 2021
"Dr. Maverick performed cataract surgery on me seven years ago and on my wife a year ago. I went to Dr Maverick for a general check up yesterday. Both surgeries were totally successful without any complications, and at age 81 Dr. Maverick gave me an "excellent condition" yesterday. Dr. Maverick is very professional and personable, immediately puts you at ease and explains the procedure. His staff who performed initial testing were also excellent. Strongly recommend.."- D.&. / Google / Sep 17, 2021
HOW IS ARTIFICIAL IRIS SURGERY DONE?
Artificial iris surgery requires the use of a local anesthetic to optimize your comfort. Before we begin, we will place a device over the eye to prevent any blinking or movement. We will then make a tiny incision into the eye where one of our ophthalmologists will place the artificial iris delicately and precisely. Since the piece itself is very flexible and thin, it can be placed with ease and is held in place by the neighboring structures. The duration time of your surgery will depend on whether or not you're having both eyes treated in one appointment or if you're having another procedure alongside artificial iris surgery.
AM I A candidate for artificial iris surgery?
Patients born with aniridia or have endured trauma to their iris may be suffering from severe vision impairment that gets in the way of their daily life and functioning. At Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX, our team is proud to offer these individuals advanced surgical procedures to enhance their eye health, improve their vision, and in turn, make their lives easier and more enjoyable. To find out if you could be a candidate for artificial iris surgery, get in touch with our office and schedule your consultation.
Artificial Iris FAQ
What is aniridia?
The iris expands and contracts to control how much light comes in through the pupil. Aniridia occurs when someone is missing a part or all of their iris. Men and women with aniridia have poor vision and are more sensitive to light. Patients can also be self-conscious about the appearance of their eyes.
What causes aniridia?
Aniridia is mainly caused by genetics. If you have a close family member with aniridia, you are more likely to be born with this disorder. Physical trauma or injuries can also result in partial or total loss of the iris.
What are the benefits of getting an artificial iris?
An artificial iris can protect your eye, improve your vision, and decrease your sensitivity to light. Because the technology is so advanced, it is important to rely on the expertise of a board-certified ophthalmologist to get the best results possible. Our team has the knowledge and experience to successfully perform artificial iris surgery.