What is Flexivue Microlens Implants?
Do you have difficulty reading fine print, have eye strain when reading or does your vision blur when transitioning between near and far distances? If so, you could have a condition called presbyopia.
Presbyopia is the normal eye-related loss of the ability to focus on near objects that eventually affects everyone, usually starting in your forties. It affects people who are nearsighted, farsighted and those who had perfect vision most of their lives. This is why most people have to wear reading glasses or multifocal spectacles by the time they are 50 years old.
If you want to be less dependent on reading glasses, the new Flexivue Microlens implant might be the solution for you. The Flexivue Microlens is a fast, safe and painless eye laser procedure that will roll back the clock on your ailing vision.
Who Qualifies for the Flexivue microlens implant?
Suitable candidates typically have good distance vision without the need for corrective spectacle lenses, and only need reading glasses.
A number of tests and measurements are necessary to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. Your corneal thickness will be measured to ensure that it is thick enough to allow the implant. Your eyes will be examined to rule out the presence of cataracts, glaucoma, amblyopia, pterigium, keratoconus and severe dry eye syndrome. Your eyes will be tested to measure refraction, in order to determine the best Flexivue Microlens diopter.
The Flexivue Microlens will be implanted in the cornea of your non-dominant eye.
What happens during surgery?
One day prior to surgery you will start using an antibiotic eye drop.
Someone should come with you to the clinic on the day of surgery, as you will not be able to drive home yourself afterwards. You may not wear eye makeup on the day of surgery.
Before the procedure starts anesthetic eye drops will be instilled to numb your eye completely. The eye will be cleaned with antiseptic and a speculum will be placed between your eyelids to keep the eye open during surgery. Your other eye will be covered.
The eye surgeon will mark the centre of your visual axis.
Next, a suction ring will be placed on the eye before creating a small pocket in the cornea using a femtosecond laser. This is not painful, but you will feel some pressure on the eye and you will loose vision for about 20 seconds.
Once the pocket is created, the tiny Flexivue Microlens is inserted into the corneal pocket. It is only 3mm in diameter and about 15 microns thick (one-fourth the thickness of a single human hair). Antibiotic drops will be applied, the speculum removed and you will spend some time in the recovery room.
After the surgery:
Patients go home soon after the procedure to relax for the rest of the day. It is important not to rub the recovering eye. Medicated eye drops will be provided for the weeks following your Flexivue implant surgery.
Most patients report improvement in their vision almost immediately and most resume their normal activities within a day or two. Vision continues to improve as you adapt to the new lens.
The Flexivue Microlens provides a full range of clear vision at multiple distances: far, intermediate and near and allows you to perform most everyday duties with reduced or no dependence on glasses.
Don’t let Presbyopia interrupt your active lifestyle. Ask us now about the Flexivue Microlens corneal inlay.