TRAFFIC ADVISORY:

President Trump is scheduled to be in Philadelphia on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at The National Constitution Center (NCC) in the Independence Mall area. Increased police presence is anticipated in Center City throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening. Please allow extra time if you are going to Wills Eye. Please be advised of area street closures to vehicles beginning at 1:00PM on Tuesday 9/15. Pedestrian access will also be limited in the area. This is subject to change and area restrictions, which could widen, will be lifted once the President departs the NCC. There are also demonstrations planned for Tuesday 9/15 around Independence Mall as well as City Avenue.

Iris Repair or Replacement

Sometimes, the iris (the colored part of the eye that forms the pupil) may be damaged, as can occur with trauma or previous surgery. In some cases, patients are born with defects in their iris, and other inherited conditions may even involve absence of the iris. In these types of cases, the surgeon may offer a form of iris surgery to the patient.

Symptoms of iris conditions are usually secondary to the amount of light that enters the eye, and patients typically report light sensitivity (photophobia) due to excessive light exposure. Patients may also be concerned about the appearance of their eye, and wish for repair for aesthetic reasons. Iris surgeries come in the form of iris repair (iridoplasty) or an iris prosthesis.

Iris repair often involves the use of sutures inside the eye to reshape the iris to its original shape, re-creating a round pupil. Sometimes the surgeon may cut some of the existing iris to help improve the appearance.

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If the iris is so badly damaged that it cannot be repaired, an iris prosthesis can be used. Iris prosthetics involves inserting a custom made artificial iris that is carefully matched to the color of the other eye.This artificial iris can be sutured to the wall of the eye (sclera) in front of the “bag” that holds the lens, a region called the sulcus. Alternatively, the artificial iris can be placed inside the “bag” in a combined procedure with cataract surgery (see “Cataract Surgery).

Risks of iris surgeries include excessive inflammation, bleeding, corneal swelling, and glaucoma.
 

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