During a brief treatment under local anesthesia, the Artisan or Artisan lens is implanted through a tiny incision at the edge of the cornea. The lens consists of an optical and a haptic part.
The optical part contains your required correction; it is the part that makes you see better. The haptic part consists of two clips on either side of the lens. This clip contains a tiny opening; with the use of a small, specially designed instrument, a minuscule fold of iris tissue is clamped between the clip. Once the lens is fitted snugly and securely, the main part of the procedure is completed.
In an Artisan lens implantation the tiny incision is subsequently sutured, in an Artiflex implantation the incision is smaller and does not need to be sutured.