Residents of Canada suffering from myopia ,astigmatism and hypermetropia will now be legally able to insert contact lenses into their eyes permanently. Canada's Medical Devices Bureau of Health has just approved the use of implantable contact lenses in medical practice for patients between the ages of 21 to 45.
The particular manufacturer of the implantable contacts that Canada has approved of is called STAAR Surgical Company. This company, which is headquartered in Monrovia, California, has been a leading innovator in the field of contact lens design ever since the early 1990s.
The particular contacts that STAAR produces that were approved are called EVO Visian Toric implantable contact lenses. As the name implies, these contacts are actually inserted into a person's eyes through a surgical procedure. Trained surgeons place the contact right between the iris and the eye's natural lens. STAAR notes that these contacts can stay in a person's eyes indefinitely. No major health risks have been shown from these implant procedures as of yet.
These contacts apparently work by transforming and correcting the frequency of light waves that hit the eye's retina. Also, tests have shown that having this implantable contact surgery is no more harmful than having a LASIK laser eye surgery, which is done on the cornea.
The STAAR Surgical Company is very excited to hear about this latest approval in Canada. The company's CEO, Caren Mason, told reporters that these implantable contacts will offer patients a great deal more freedom of choice when deciding how to best combat their vision difficulties.
Now a Canadian patient can choose between typical glasses, regular contact lenses, corrective laser surgery, or implantable contacts. While glasses and regular contacts may work fine, for many they can be a hassle. Plus, glasses are very easy to break, and contacts have been shown to be a breeding ground for certain bacteria if not properly attended to. These new implantable contact lenses may be a godsend for people fed up with either glasses or disposable contact lenses .
Mason hopes that in the years to come STAAR will improve their technology for EVO contacts and make them more and more efficient and affordable for patients around the world.
As of today, STAAR Surgical Company makes most of their EVO contacts on a Toric model. The staff at STAAR has not said that they would change this model anytime soon.
STAAR's Visian Toric implantable contacts were approved by the FDA in the U.S. for the treatment of near-sightedness in 2005. Many European Union member states have also approved of this treatment for various eye conditions in recent years.