Phakic refers to the fact that the lens is implanted into the eye without removing the eye’s natural lenses. It’s like implanting a contact lens inside your eyes instead of it being on the surface of the eye. The ArtiLenses used in Phakic IOL procedures are proven to be one of the world’s safest, most effective IOL designs. An ArtiLens is an ultra thin and implantable contact lens that is a reliable alternative to popular laser eye surgery treatments. The lens implants are placed inside the eye in front of the iris, much like a permanent contact lens. The lens does not need maintenance and can stay there for life, but it can also be removed at any time, if required. ArtiLens lenses are made of different materials. The optical part of the ArtiLens is made of silicone, a flexible material. The ArtiLens is made of PMMA, an inflexible plastic.
Dr Ilan Sebban is one of Australia’s most experienced eye surgeons with expertise in Artisan and Artiflex implant surgery. During implantation, the lens is first centred in front of the pupil and then iris tissue is enclosed between the claws of the lens so that it remains in the correct position. The part of the iris where the lens is held in place is in the mid-periphery, which is immobile during pupillary movement. This iris fixation method has already been in use for over 35 years and is both safe and effective.