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OCL Vision offers various corrective surgeries to repair iris and pupil abnormalities, including offering the HumanOptics Customflex Artificial Iris Implant. Iris and pupil problems may occur due to developmental abnormalities such as iris coloboma or aniridia, or due to accident or surgical trauma.

Please note that we do not perform cosmetic iris surgery to simply change eye colour.

What is an iris implant?

An iris implant is a specialist medical device used to repair iris or pupil defects. We use Customflex HumanOptics artificial implant which is approved for aniridia or other defects caused by trauma.

The HumanOptics artificial iris implant is a unique device which is bespokely colour and detail matched to each patient. The iris implant can be introduced through a small incision into the eye, either on its own or at the time of cataract surgery or lens fixation surgery. The device is manufactured from medical grade silicone and is bio-inert within the eye.

The natural pupil controls how much light enters the eye and people with pupil or iris abnormalities may experience glare or haloes in sunlight or bright artificial light. Patients may also be self-conscious about the appearance of their eyes with an abnormal pupil and wish to have this corrected.

Types of iris implant

OCL Vision offers implantation of the Customflex HumanOptics Artificial Iris, which is a CE marked/FDA approved medical device for repair of iris defects. The artificial iris requires that lens replacement surgery is performed at the same time.

OCL Vision does not perform surgery to change eye colour as a cosmetic surgery.

Other methods for correcting coloboma are available. Coloboma repair in patients younger than 40-50 is normally better undertaken by directly suturing the iris tissue.

What is the process?


Consultation & treatment plan

We’ll take you through the process step by step and explain the potential complications to help you to weigh up the risks and benefits in order to make an informed decision regarding artificial iris surgery.


Photographs will be taken of your eyes to allow the manufacturing team to create a bespoke custom matched artificial iris. Manufacturing time can take 6-8 weeks.


Preparing for surgery

Our dedicated team of consultants, nurses and patient co-ordinators will take you through our pre-op process ensuring all your questions are answered and you’re totally at ease.


The procedure

The iris implant can be introduced through a small incision into the eye, either on its own or at the time of cataract surgery or lens fixation surgery.



Your eye will feel moderately uncomfortable after surgery. Post op care includes using antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops for 4-6 weeks.


Follow up consult

After your surgery, we’ll be in touch to support you and follow up. Your surgeon will check you at various time points after surgery.


Yearly checkup

We encourage yearly check ups to ensure your eye remains healthy. This includes corneal cell counts and other appropriate tests.

How much does iris implant surgery cost?

The costs below include an initial consultation and follow-up appointments.

Iris implant

£8,000 – or £148 over 60 months

Payment Plans

We also offer 0% interest payment plan finance options making it easier to spread the cost of surgery over up to 60 months.

A minimum 10% deposit is required and the balance is split over your chosen monthly period of either 6, 12, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months at a rate of 0% APR.

Get in touch to find out more about our flexible pricing options and how we can make it work for you.


Being able to wake up and see for the first time since I was in Year 4 has completely changed my life!. Sometimes I still reach for my glasses on the bedside table out of habit.

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If you have any questions about iris implants, we’ll be happy to answer them. Make an enquiry or call us on 0203 369 2020

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Last updated on November 23rd, 2023 by Mr Ali Mearza