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 scepticism, 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-saver.
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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.

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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

It is important to consider that EVO Visian® Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICL) are approved by the local health authority, which means they have been determined to be safe and effective. As with any procedure, there are risks to consider. If you have any questions or concerns it is always best to speak with a certified EVO Visian® Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) doctor. The EVO Visian ICL family of lenses include EVO Visian ICL, EVO Visian Toric ICL, EVO+ Visian ICL, and EVO+ Visian Toric ICL and are designed for the correction/reduction of low to high myopia (-0.5 to -20.0 diopters (D)) and the correction/reduction of myopia in patients with up to -20 D of myopia with less than or equal to 6.0 D of astigmatism. The EVO Visian ICL family is indicated for use in phakic eye treatment and for: The correction/reduction of myopia in adults 21 – 60 years of age with power ranging from -0.5 D to -20.0 D at the spectacle plane. With an anterior chamber depth (ACD) equal to or greater than 3.0 mm, as measured from the corneal endothelium to the anterior lens capsule. This extended age range covering over 45 to 60 years of age only applies to the myopic EVO Visian ICL family, and only in countries covered by the jurisdiction of the EU Notified Bodies where the CE Mark is recognised (i.e., the EU, EEA, and EFTA). The EVO Visian ICL family of products currently in inventory do not have the updated Directions For Use (DFU) with this new wording yet, but it will be incorporated over time. EVO Visian ICL surgery does not eliminate the need for reading glasses, even if you have never worn them before. The EVO Visian ICL represents an alternative to other refractive surgeries including, laser assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), incisional surgeries, or other means to correct myopia such as contact lenses and eye glasses. The EVO Visian Toric ICL is intended to correct or reduce astigmatism (up to 6.0 D) you may have (the EVO Visian ICL is not intended to treat your astigmatism). Implantation of an EVO Visian ICL is a surgical procedure, and as such, carries potentially serious risks. The following represent potential complications/adverse reactions reported in conjunction with refractive surgery in general: additional surgeries, cataract formation, loss of best corrected vision, raised pressure inside the eye, loss of cells on the innermost surface of the cornea, conjunctival irritation, acute corneal swelling, persistent corneal swelling, endophthalmitis (total eye infection), significant glare and/or halos around lights, hyphaema (blood in the eye), hypopyon (pus in the eye), eye infection, Visian ICL dislocation, macular oedema, non-reactive pupil, pupillary block glaucoma, severe inflammation of the eye, iritis, uveitis, vitreous loss and corneal transplant. Before considering EVO Visian ICL surgery you should have a complete eye examination and talk with your eye care professional about EVO Visian ICL surgery, especially the potential benefits, risks and complications. You should discuss the time needed for healing after surgery.


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