Iris Implant Surgery

Iris implant surgery was originally developed to treat medical conditions affecting the iris and traumatic eye injuries. However, the procedure can now effectively be used to change the colour of a person’s eyes. As such, with this procedure, people can now permanently change the colour of their eyes for cosmetic reasons, even though they have perfectly functioning irises. Iris implant surgery is surrounded by controversy, and due to the lack of research done on the procedure, it is not performed in many countries. However, if you are desperate to permanently change your eye colour, there are countries where you can travel to legally have the procedure performed.

Who is a Good Candidate for Iris Implant Surgery?

Before you can have the procedure you will have to have a complete eye examination by an ophthalmologist. During this examination the following will be tested:

  • Visual accuracy and refraction
  • Peripheral retinal examination and axial length of the eye
  • White to white corneal diameter
  • Intraocular pressure
  • Endothelium cell count, specular microscopy
  • Genioscopy of anterior chamber angle
  • Anterior chamber depth of the eye

So long as you pass all of these tests well and your ophthalmologist is happy with your eye health, you should be a good candidate for the procedure.

How Long is the Iris Implant Surgery Recovery Period?

Each patient will recover at a different rate depending on their health and lifestyle and how quickly they heal generally. On average though, it takes between one to two months to heal, but in some cases it has taken up to four to six months for the patient to heal completely. After the surgery you will most likely feel some discomfort and itching in the eye. You may also be more photosensitive and experience tearing from your eye. However, these symptoms generally only last a few days after the iris implant surgery.

Slightly more serious though is that your vision may be blurred for two weeks to a month after the surgery. Your Eyes may also be bloodshot for the same amount of time. During the recovery period you will be more prone to inflammation and infection. As such, your doctor will prescribe medication that you will have to take to prevent either from occurring. You will most likely have to take this medication for six to eight weeks after the procedure.

What Should I do after Surgery?

More often than not the procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure. This means that you can go home on the same day that you have the surgery. However, you will not be able to drive afterwards, so you will need someone to take you home. Moreover, your activity will be limited for the first few days after surgery, and you probably won’t be allowed to do things like bending and lifting. As such, prior to your operation make sure that you organise for someone to take you home and look after you for the first few days after your surgery.

During your recovery, avoid rubbing your eyes or pressing on them. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on what you are not allowed to do. However, you will be able to walk, climb stairs and do some normal daily activities.

  • Please note that Cosmetic Clinic does not do all of the procedures written about in our blogs. Contact us for more information.

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