The FDA approved the Verisyse Phakic IntraOcular Lens (IOL) in September 2004 for correction of moderate to high nearsightedness. The Verisyse lens is a small, clear lens that is surgically implanted between the cornea and the iris. The lens has two fasteners to secure it to the iris. Patients who have been steered away from LASIK because of thin corneas can now consider Verisyse as a viable alternative. This lens is intended to be a permanent implant, but can be removed surgically. To read more about this procedure and see a "self-evaluation" go to visioninfocus.com.
"I have been wearing glasses or contacts since I was 4, and most of that time my vision was so poor that I could not see anything further than two-feet from my face without my glasses or contacts. Because of my high degree of nearsightedness my eye doctor had always suggested gas permeable contact lenses as the best way to correct my vision. But these lenses were far from ideal. In the wind my eyes were constantly dry and tearing, during allergy season I could not wear them because my eyes were so itchy, and after I would have them in for 8 hours or so, my eyes would be so dry and irritated that I would spent the rest of the day in my glasses. My glasses were heavy and unappealing because of the high prescription that I had to wear, even with the new procedures for grinding lenses and making them thinner.
Several years ago I finally set up several appointments to look into Lasik, with a doctor in the York area. Following six weeks of wearing my glasses, that doctor told me that I was not a good candidate for Lasik, because of my prescription. I was completely devastated. Then last summer one of my friends suggested that I call Dr. Barton. He had just had two procedures done to correct his vision and he said that Dr. Barton and Premier Eye Care were up-to-date on all the latest procedures and maybe there was something to help me.
I met with Joan at Premier just before Thanksgiving and she told me about a new procedure that might help me, the Verisyse Lens. I was reluctant to get overly excited again, but Joan and the staff at Premier took me through all of the preliminary tests, explaining all of the procedures and why they were necessary. Joan was so enthusiastic about this procedure and as I passed each test I grew more and more excited. Through it all, Dr. Barton and the staff at Premier answered all my questions, and took the time to make me feel comfortable with this brand new procedure.
I am so pleased with the results and I tell everyone about the wonderful care and expertise of everyone that I met at Premier. This procedure has truly changed my life and made me feel like a "normal" person. I can be outside in the wind and my eyes do not get irritated. I can play golf and go to my exercise class without having to worry about getting dirt or sweat in my eye, or have my glasses slide down my nose constantly. Dr. Barton and Premier eye care have given me a gift, one that I appreciate everyday."
Kelly L. Tetkoskie