Ophthalmologist Amit Chokshi, MD, Offers Complex Iris Reconstruction Surgery

Monday, October 19, 2009

Jacksonville, FLEye Surgeon Amit Chokshi, MD, partner with well-known Jacksonville ophthalmologist Gerard Coluccelli, MD, is one of the first physicians in the United States to surgically reconstruct the iris with the Ophtec artificial iris.

The Ophten model 311 reconstructive lens is used for treatment of visual disturbances, such as glare of photophobia (abnormal sensitivity to light), related to partial or total absence of the human iris. Often, a patient who has an incomplete iris can lead to low self-esteem and social issues, which may directly affect economic problems. This artificial implant lens is particularly helpful to patients who had lost all or part of their iris from trauma and/or those who lack iris pigmentation due to congenital albinism. Each single lens is made from clear and colored ultraviolet light-absorbing material, and is available in natural shades of brown, blue or green. Patients who have undergone implantation of the iris reconstructive lens have experienced an improvement of vision, including a reduction in photophobia; thus, the Ophtec model 311 iris reconstructive lens can improve vision, and is now available in Northeast Florida by Amit Chokshi, MD.

Dr. Chokshi implanted the first artificial iris in Northeast Florida on July 30, 2009 and was one of only two surgeons in the state of Florida trained to implant the lens. The patient suffered the loss of 80% of his iris as well as damage to his cornea. Dr. Chokshi performed a combined case with a corneal transplant and the implantation of the Ophtec 311 iris. The case was a great success and the patient is doing well.

Drs. Chokshi and Coluccelli offer complete eye care for the whole family from simple examinations to complicated surgical procedures, such as this one. Other surgical services include vision correction, intraocular implants, cataract and corneal surgery for eye disorders (cataracts, cornea, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye, glaucoma, macular degeneration).

The practice offers family-friendly financing to fit every budget, including no interest and long-term payment plans. For information or to make an appointment today, call 904.346.3506, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)