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 EVO Visian ICL & EVO Visian TICL is designed for the correction/reduction of myopia in adults ranging from -0.5 D to -20.0 D with less than or equal to 6.0 D of astigmatism at the spectacle plane. The Canada EVO Visian models have a spherical power range of -3.0 D to -18.0 D and cylinder power range of 1.0 D to 6.0 D. The Canada EVO+ Visian ICL models have a spherical power range of -3.0 D to -14.0 D and cylinder power range of 1.0 D to 6.0 D. The hyperopic EVO Visian ICL’s are available in powers ranging from +3.0 to +10.0 diopters for the correction/reduction of hyperopia. The ICLs are indicated for patients who are 21 to 60 years of age. In order to be sure that your surgeon will use a EVO Visian ICL with the most adequate power for your eye, your nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism should be stable for at least a year before undergoing eye surgery. EVO Visian ICL surgery may improve your vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses. EVO Visian ICL surgery does not eliminate the need for reading glasses, even if you have never worn them before. 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 your vision such as contact lenses and eye glasses. 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, EVO 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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