ARTIFLEX lens developed by the Dutch OPHTEC Inc. is the latest evolution of Artisan, a phakic vision correction lens. Both the Artisan and the Artiflex lens are positioned in the anterior chamber in front of the iris. The Artisan lens is made of hard plastic while the Artiflex lens of a foldable silicone material. The foldable Artiflex lens can be inserted through a small incision resulting in a faster recovery and preventing astigmatism.
Unlike the Artisan lens, the size of incision is small (3.2mm) that astigmatism hardly occurs. Also there is no need for stitches/sutures like the ICL procedures, so recovery is quick and patient satisfaction is high.
Artiflex implantation involves a special custom-made lens, being inserted into the eye and attached to the pupil. This fixated lens has no risk of rotation or decentration and thus causes hardly any side effects. Also not like standard laser surgeries, the implantable lens is inserted to keep your cornea intact and safe.
Artisan lens is made of PMMA, a non-flexible plastic, so it requires a large incision, but the Toric Artiflex lens is made of hydrophobic polysiloxane, a special foldable material. So when implanting the Toric Artiflex lens, only a small incision is required, preventing any infection. Also the surgery does not require stitches and has a faster recovery rate.
The unique claw shaped Toric Artiflex Lens guarantees long term stability as it is fixated to the lens, proving to be outstanding in correcting myopia.Simultaneously Correct Myopia & Astigmatism
When correcting myopia and astigmatism at the same time, patients have to undergo both lens implantation and LASIK surgery. But the Toric Artiflex lens has the ability to do both.
During the Artiflex procedure, an anterior lens implantation, most patients with severe astigmatism tend to consider the Toric lens. However after inserting myopia correction lens and undergoing Limbal Relaxing Incision (LRI) at the same time, those with -2.75 diopter or above have the same results as those with Toric lens implantation. This founding was presented at the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) conference for the past consecutive 2 years.
However, when undergoing Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI), patients often suffer extreme dry eyes for 3~6 months after surgery, but after 6 months the symptoms disappear. So before contemplating on the surgical method, it is important to emphasize the importance of the condition of the eye as well as post-operative care.
Artiflex implantation surgery doesn’t damage any intraocular tissues. So the lens can be removed easily, making this surgery reversible and leaving your eye in its original state.
Safe & Effective
Artiflex has the longest term of clinical trials among vision correction lenses. Once the lens is fixed, it will never move. Therefore almost no side effects appear.
Excellent Visual Acuity
s the intraocular implanted lens is a concave lens used in glasses, the image formed on the retina does not reduce, allowing the correct vision to improve to the greatest possible. Most patients reach their maximum correct vision within 3 days after the surgery and more than 85% reached a vision of 0.8 or higher.
Wide Ranged Application
Artiflex lens implantation doesn’t involve cutting the cornea and is recommended for those who are not suitable for laser eye surgery. This may be because of a variety of reasons such as too thin corneas, excessive myopia, or even corneal scarring from an injury. It can be applied to correct all vision ranges and even treat visual impairment because of refractive error.
01 A Candidate for Artiflex Lens Implantation are those who :
- are above 18 years of age with no vision change within 6 months
- are suffering from excessive myopia and not eligible for laser surgery
- have too thin corneas
- have very dry eyes
- have pupils dilating too much in the dark and experience blurred visions
- are wanting a permanent vision correction
- have corneal scars
- are having a re-operation /regrassion
02 Artiflex Lens Implantation is not recommended to those who :
- are under 18 years of age or have had vision change and adjusted eye-glasses prescription within the last
- 6 months
- have ocular hypertension / high eye pressure
- have a corneal endothelial cell count less than 2000cell/mm2
- have a narrow front/anterior depth
- have acute ocular inflammation
- have a family history of glaucoma
- have cataract
- have uveitis