Meet Photographer Andrew Oxenham

Hi, I’m Andrew Oxenham, though most everyone calls me Ox. As a photographer, it's important to see the light around you, which requires your peripheral vision. With glasses, you sort of learn to avoid those areas your eyes only look straight through the glasses which makes seeing the light around you really difficult. With Visian ICL I don't have to think twice about any of those things.

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What led me to Visian ICL

Growing up, I considered other eye procedures, but had a lot of skepticism specifically from the fact that they're non-reversible. And so that was actually the biggest and the kind of main selling point for me on Visian ICL. One of the [other] things that made me feel pretty comfortable about getting Visian ICL is that it's a tried and true method.

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Ox's day-to-day & where Visian ICL helps most.

Through the lens

Glasses don’t cover your whole field of vision. So one thing that’s important for people who take pictures is to constantly be a student of the light around you.

Planning it out

Most of my work, surprisingly, happens in a notebook before even picking up a camera. Being able to quickly grab a notebook to sketch out an idea, or write out a concept, or even record exposure settings, without having to first find and put on my glasses, is a huge time-save.
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“There’s a few big road blocks to having glasses and being a photographer. Now I’ve got Visian ICL and I can run out and live my life unhindered.”

There’s a few big roadblocks to having glasses and being a photographer.


When you can’t see your entire field of vision you’ve got a whole bunch of space to your left and to your right, specifically your peripheral vision, that you sort of learn to avoid those areas your eyes only look straight through the glasses, so that kind of light part of it is really difficult.


Thinking about life with glasses, my life had a whole bunch of tiny little hurdles. Things that I jumped over, granted. But it was basically [how] I lived my life... I made my life conform to these constraints that I had. And now I’ve got the Visian ICL and I don’t have to think twice about any of those things. I can grab my camera or grab my notebook and just run out and live my life unhindered.

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Questions with Andrew

What do you do for a living?

I am a photographer who creates what I like to call visual puns, where I take ordinary items and apply them in unexpected ways.

What’s your biggest pain point about contacts or glasses?

With glasses, you still can’t access your peripheral vision clearly, which accounts for a lot of your field of vision.

What about Visian ICL helped make your decision?

One of the things that made me feel pretty comfortable about getting the Visian ICL is the fact that it's actually been around for a lot longer and that actually helped me see that it’s a tried and true method.

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Important Safety Information

The Visian ICL is intended for the correction of moderate to high nearsightedness. Visian ICL and Visian TICL surgery is intended to safely and effectively correct nearsightedness between -3.0 D to -15.0 D, the reduction in nearsightedness up to -20.0 D and treatment of astigmatism from 1.0 D to 4.0 D. If you have nearsightedness within these ranges, Visian ICL surgery may improve your distance vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses. Because the Visian ICL corrects for distance vision, it does not eliminate the need for reading glasses, you may require them at some point, even if you have never worn them before.

Implantation of the Visian ICL is a surgical procedure, and as such, carries potentially serious risks. Please discuss the risks with your eye care professional. Complications, although rare, may include need for additional surgical procedures, inflammation, loss of cells from the back surface of the cornea, increase in eye pressure, and cataracts.

You should NOT have Visian ICL surgery if:

  • Your doctor determines that the shape of your eye is not an appropriate fit for the Visian ICL
  • You are pregnant or nursing
  • You do not meet the minimum endothelial cell density for your age at the time of implantation as determined by your eye doctor
  • Your vision is not stable as determined by your eye doctor

Before considering Visian ICL surgery you should have a complete eye examination and talk with your eye care professional about Visian ICL surgery, especially the potential benefits, risks, and complications. You should discuss the time needed for healing after surgery. For additional information with potential benefits, risks and complications please visit DiscoverICL.com

References

References

1Visian ICL Patient Information Booklet

2Sanders D. Vukich JA. Comparison of implantable collamer lens (ICL) and laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for Low Myopia. Cornea. 2006 Dec; 25(10):1139-46.

3Naves, J.S. Carracedo, G. Cacho-Babillo, I. Diadenosine Nucleotid Measurements as Dry-Eye Score in Patients After LASIK and ICL Surgery. Presented at American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) 2012.

4Shoja, MR. Besharati, MR. Dry eye after LASIK for myopia: Incidence and risk factors. European Journal of Ophthalmology. 2007; 17(1): pp. 1-6.

5Lee, Jae Bum et al. Comparison of tear secretion and tear film instability after photorefractive keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis. Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery , Volume 26 , Issue 9 , 1326 - 1331.

6Parkhurst, G. Psolka, M. Kezirian, G. Phakic intraocular lens implantantion in United States military warfighters: A retrospective analysis of early clinical outcomes of the Visian ICL. J Refract Surg. 2011;27(7):473-481.

*American Refractive Surgery Council

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