OCL 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.
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.
OCL 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 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.
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
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 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.
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.
We encourage yearly check ups to ensure your eye remains healthy. This includes corneal cell counts and other appropriate tests.
The costs below are both eyes and include an initial consultation and follow-up appointments.
Find out more about our pricing and the initial consultation required.