Implantable Contact Lens

When most people consider the possibility of life without contact lenses or glasses, they’re usually thinking of LASIK or another type of laser eye surgery. Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK.

If you are less than 40 years of age and have a very high prescription, then the use of an additional lens can be a very good alternative to LASIK.

The Artisan and Artiflex Phakic Intra-Ocular Lens

For those with significant degrees of astigmatism the PHAKIC ICL of choice is the Artisan Ophtec Iris-Fixated ICL. Hyperopia, astigmatism, and myopia are treated with this lens.

More Information about Implantable Contact Lens

For more information regarding this treatment as well as any frequently asked questions, please see below.

Artisan and Artiflex lenses are small, ultra-thin contact lenses that are implanted into the eye to correct short-sightedness, long-sightedness and / or cylinder deviations. An Artisan or Artiflex lens is attached to the iris with two tiny clips. Once implanted, the lens remains permanently in your eye.

Artisan and Artiflex lenses could very well be a solution if you are troubled by glasses or contact lenses.

  • The treatment is reversible
    In the unlikely event of a medical complication, the artificial lens can be removed, leaving your eye in its original state.
  • Excellent visual acuity
    With Artisan and Artiflex lenses, excellent visual acuity is standard in most cases as the central cornea remains intact.
  • Safe and effective
    Artisan lenses have been implanted for more than 25 years. Extensive studies have shown the lens to be safe and effective, also in patients treated many, many years ago.
  • Even major deviations can be corrected
    Artisan and Artiflex lenses are also available if you have a high plus or minus deviation. (+12 -23.5 dioptres) with or without cylinders. A laser procedure is only suitable if your visual deviation is not too high (please consult the image below for a general indication).

During a brief treatment under local anesthesia, the Artisan or Artisan lens is implanted through a tiny incision at the edge of the cornea.

The lens consists of an optical and a haptic part. The optical part contains your required correction; it is the part that  makes you see better. The haptic part consists of two clips on either side of the lens. This clip contains a tiny opening; with the use of a small, specially designed instrument, a minuscule fold of iris tissue is clamped between the clip. Once the lens is fitted snugly and securely, the main part of the procedure is completed.

In an Artisan lens implantation the tiny incision is subsequently sutured, in an Artiflex implantation the incision is smaller and does not need to be sutured.

Artisan and Artiflex lenses are made of different materials. The optical part of the Artiflex lens is made of silicone, a flexible material. An Artisan lens is made of PMMA, an inflexible plastic. The properties of an Artiflex lens allow it to be folded upon insertion, allowing for only a tiny incision of 3.2 mm. This incision heals quicker than the slightly larger one needed with the Artisan lens (5 or 6 mm). Consequently, optimal vision is reached sooner with the Artiflex lens. Which lens is suitable for you, depends on your specific condition.

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LaserVision was initially founded in Guildford, Surrey. Now with clinics in over 6 locations, we are able to treat the eye conditions of patients nationwide. This technology is available at:

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