Intraocular lenses 'could benefit patients unsuitable for Lasik treatment'

20 October 2016

A new study has indicated that vision correction surgery using intraocular lenses could be a useful option for patients unable to benefit from Lasik eye surgery.

The Iran University of Medical Sciences research evaluated the potential advantages that Phakic intraocular collamer lenses (ICLs) can aid those who are extremely nearsighted or astigmatic and are therefore unsuitable for laser vision correction procedures.

Following 31 people over five years, it was found that the Phakic ICL procedure was safe and effective for the majority of patients, with 57 per cent of eyes treated achieving 20/40 vision without the use of glasses or contact lenses.

Another 23 per cent of eyes achieved this target with the addition of glasses or contacts, which was still considered a positive outcome, since none of these participants were able to do so prior to having the procedure.

Moreover, all of the lenses remained clear after five years, while none of the people who had the surgery lost visual acuity.

Study leader Dr Seyed Javad Hashemian, director of the cataract and refractive unit at Rassoul Akram Hospital and Iran University of Medical Sciences, said: "This study shows that if we have a complete preoperative evaluation and choose those who are most likely to be the best candidates for the procedure, Phakic ICL implantation can improve quality of vision and function."

Posted by Edward Bartel


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