The "contact lens" can also be implanted permanently in the eye. This can be done surgically under general anesthesia or under local anesthesia. The treatment is done under sterile conditions in a suitable operating room with the latest equipment. The treatment is done outpatient so you can go home the same day. The day after is the first check up, and after 6 weeks the other eye can be operated.
Through a small incision on the upper side of the eye is opened. The Artisan lens is placed in the eye and is fixed on the iris. The lens lasts a lifetime. If at a later stage, cataract surgery required the Artisan lens is easy to remove. This treatment is most appropriate for higher aberrations: more than -8.00 diopters and above the +3.00 diopter, whether or not in combination with a cylinder. Normally, the visual acuity is improved by this treatment compared to the visual acuity prior to surgery.
On the evening after surgery, one tablet of Diamox has to be taken, this is to prevent any increase in eye pressure. The next day, a checkup is done, and the bandage is removed. For 4 weeks you may not rub the operated eye, you need to protect this during night by using an eye cup for 2 weeks. Physical exercise is not recommended for the first 2 weeks. You will receive the following information after implantation of the Artisan lens:
- Overview of control appointments
- Complete set drops, painkillers, Diamox and instruction (this will be settled with your health care provider)