Mar 5, 2019
New Treatment for Aniridia
Aniridia is a condition in which the iris (what most of us simply recognize as the colored part of the eye) is partially or entirely missing. This condition can be either congenital (present from birth) or may be the result of an injury or some other condition of the eye.
Beyond the cosmetic implications of the condition, aniridia can also cause sufferers to experience increased sensitivity to light, difficulty driving at night, trouble reading, and other vision complications.
Likewise, victims of trauma to the ocular region can subsequently have loss of the iris tissue.
A Fully Customized Treatment
At Eye Centers of Tennessee, we’re always looking to provide the most comprehensive eye care to our patients in the Upper Cumberland, and we are proud to announce that we are the first practice in Tennessee to add the CUSTOMFLEX® ARTIFICIALIRIS to our already robust list of eye care services.
With the CUSTOMFLEX® ARTIFICIALIRIS, a prosthetic iris is surgically implanted into the eye. To ensure the most natural look cosmetically, photographs of the patient are used to create a completely custom prosthesis. The photos at the top of this article show a patient with aniridia before and after CUSTOMFLEX® ARTIFICIALIRIS implantation.
“This procedure is truly life-changing for individuals affected with aniridia or any iris abnormality,” said Michael Patterson, D.O., ophthalmologist at ECOTN. “We are incredibly proud to be chosen as the first site in the state to offer such a cutting-edge treatment, and the addition of this service furthers our commitment to having the best eye care services — not just in the Upper Cumberland, but regionally and nationally as well.”