What is the Flexivue Microlens for Presbyopia?

03 Dec 2012

Optilase are offering a pioneering new treatment designed to help people with Presbyopia, using a corneal inlay called the Flexivue Microlens.
Your suitability for treatment will be thoroughly evaluated by an experienced Optometrist at Optilase. If it’s determined that the Flexivue Microlens would improve your specific condition, the corneal implant will be discussed with you, as will your own expectations of the results, and any issues or questions clarified for you.
You’ll be asked in detail about your eye history and health as well as any injuries; infections and so on. A number of tests and measurements will also be carried out.
Your doctor will measure the thickness of your cornea-in cases where the cornea is very thin, the Flexivue Microlens may not be a suitable option for you.
Any eye conditions like glaucoma or cataracts must be ruled out.
Then, the Optilase team must determine the best Flexivue Microlens dioptre (prescription) for you. An optometrist will carry many of the initial assessments out, but your ophthalmic surgeon will personally examine your eyes and explain the procedure, risks and benefits with you prior to treatment.
One the day prior to surgery, you’ll be started on a topical antibiotic treatment cream given four times daily. One the day of your surgery, you must have someone accompany you-you won’t be able to drive afterwards-and ladies must not wear any make-up.
Before he starts the procedure, the surgeon will ensure the eyes are healthy using a slit-lamp to see into the entire eye. Then he’ll put in some anaesthetic drops into the eye being treated; the eye is cleaned and tape is put over the lashes. A special clip is used to hold the eye open neatly for surgery; it doesn’t hurt as the anaesthesia prevents any pain. He’ll cover your other eye and then mark the centre of your visual axis on the eye being done.
He’ll place a little suction ring on the eye, and then using the femtosecond laser creates a small pocket in the cornea. This doesn’t hurt a bit; but you’ll have a loss of vision for about 20 seconds; no need to panic; it’s all part of the job.
The Flexivue Microlens is then slipped into the little pocket in the cornea and more anaesthetic drops are applied.
You can go home to relax for the rest of the day; you’ll be told not to rub the operated eye and be given eye drops to use for the weeks following the surgery.
Most people find an improvement almost straight away and resume normal activities within a day or two; your vision should continue to improve as you adapt to your new lens.
For a free consultation call Optilase on +353 1 223 8821.

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