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Verisyse™ Phakic Intraocular Lens

For very nearsighted people, procedures like Custom LASIK may not be an option, leaving you stuck with thick glasses or contact lenses — until now. The Verisyse™ Phakic Intraocular Lens (IOL) provides “precision vision,” a high-tech, yet simple procedure that not only can improve your vision, but also your life.

What is Verisyse™?
Verisyse™ is proven to correct moderate to severe nearsightedness. The procedure involves placing the Verisyse™ IOL inside your eye to provide high-quality, high-definition vision without the need for glasses or contacts in most situations. Although Verisyse™ is intended to be permanent, the micro lens can be removed if desired.

What Is A “Phakic Intraocular Lens”?
The Verisyse™ Phakic IOL is a micro lens placed behind your cornea. It is made out of “PMMA,” which is the same type of material used safely for the past 50 years in cataract surgery. The word “phakic” means that your natural crystalline lens is left in the eye (not removed like in cataract surgery). This is important because your natural lens helps your eye adjust between seeing objects that are near and far.

How Verisyse™ Works
To understand how Verisyse™ works, you first have to understand how the eye works. There are several structures in your eye needed to convert light into the images you see. When light enters the eye, your cornea and crystalline lens focus it onto the retina, which transforms it into the electrical signals that are sent to your brain. Because the cornea has the greatest focusing power, it’s the cornea’s shape that determines the majority of the eye’s focusing ability.

BEFORE Verisyse™
In normal eyes, the cornea bends light rays to focus directly on your retina. In nearsighted eyes, the cornea's shape is too steep (or long), and light is focused in front of your retina. This causes blurry vision.
AFTER Verisyse™
The Verisyse™ Phakic IOL is designed to permanently treat your nearsigntedness by correcting the way your eye focuses light on the retina. Essentially, the micro lens sits behind your cornea, redirecting light so you can enjoy clearer vision.

Suitable for the following eye problems:

Who is a good candidate?
If you are very nearsighted and tired of contact lenses and
thick glasses, and at least 21 years of age, you may be a
candidate for the Verisyse™ Phakic IOL. Your doctor will
perform a series of tests and discuss options with you to
help you decide if you meet the following criteria for having
a Verisyse™ procedure:

  • Your eyes are healthy with no eye disease, iris, pupil or corneal abnormality, or history of retinal detachment.
  • Your nearsightedness can be corrected with lenses between -5.0 to -20.0 diopters.
  • You have 2.5 diopters or less of astigmatism.
  • Your eyes are stable and your nearsightedness has not changed more than 0.50 diopters for 6 months prior to surgery.
  • You are not currently pregnant or nursing.
  • There is not another vision correction procedure that provides a better alternative for your visual condition.

Screening Consultation
Give us a call to set up your complimentary screening consultation, 541-687-2110.

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Commonly Asked Questions:
How soon after surgery will I see well?

Patients can achieve fully corrected vision and resume normal activities the very next day.

Will refractive surgery hurt?
During the procedure, a strong topical anesthetic is used to numb the eye. Generally, only pressure is felt during the procedure.

Will I still need my glasses or contacts?
The goal of refractive surgery is to reduce your dependence on glasses and/or contact lenses.

Will my insurance cover Verisyse™ Phakic Intraocular Lens?
Most health care coverage considers Verisyse™ Phakic Intraocular Lens surgery an elective surgical procedure and does not cover it. For our Verisyse™ Phakic Intraocular Lens patients, we highly recommend ChaseHealth