The combination of an apodized diffractive IOL (AcrySof ReSTOR, Alcon Laboratories) in one eye and a refractive multifocal IOL (ReZoom, AMO) in the other provides greater patient satisfaction than the same diffractive IOLs (AcrySof ReSTOR) in both eyes, according to a study conducted by Henry L. Milne, MD.
When other possible treatments for ectasia fail, lamellar keratoplasty (LK) or penetrating keratoplasty (PK) may be the last resort for these patients, said William Culbertson, MD.
Atlanta?Silicone hydrogel contact lens sales are speeding up so rapidly that they may overtake traditional soft contact lens sales by the end of 2007, according to estimates based on retail audit data by the A.C. Nielsen Co. CIBA Vision holds the leading share of the silicone hydrogel segment at 49.5% of retail sales year-to-date, August 2005, according to the data.
Rochester, NY?The FDA has cleared additional labeling claims for Bausch & Lomb's ReNu with MoistureLoc Multi-Purpose Solution (MPS). The FDA cleared labeling that includes a specific indication for ReNu with MoistureLoc solution use with silicone hydrogel contact lenses, and an additional claim that the product conditions contact lenses, in support of its original "sustained comfort" labeling claim.
Chicago?Cataract and glaucoma can occur in eyes with phakic IOLs, but the risk of those complications can often be minimized by careful surgical technique and IOL sizing, said Antonio Marinho, MD, PhD, at the refractive surgery subspecialty day meeting sponsored by the International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
FDA approval of the crystalens (eyeonics), in addition to the AcrySof ReSTOR (Alcon Laboratories) and ReZoom multifocal (AMO) IOLs, allows ophthalmologists the ability to offer various choices of presbyopia-correcting technology with the hope of providing a surgical procedure that will greatly reduce or eliminate their patients' dependence on glasses following cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange. Hype and rumor regarding accommodating lens technology has created confusion regarding just how effective or ineffective these particular lenses may be. A review of the results in peer-reviewed medical literature in addition to an analysis of theoretical considerations with regard to the limits of accommodation provided by these lenses should clarify their ultimate usefulness in the average ophthalmic practice.
Jacksonville, FL?A new study shows that soft contact lenses made with senofilcon A, a new-generation silicone hydrogel material, were associated with a reduction in discomfort, dryness, and other commonly reported problems associated with contact lens wear. Contact lenses made with senofilcon A are currently marketed in the United States under the name Acuvue Oasys Brand Contact Lenses with Hydraclear Plus.
Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) Inc.'s Tecnis foldable IOL has earned the title of New Technology IOL (NTIOL) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The designation follows labeling claims approved by the FDA in April 2004 that the lens reduced postoperative spherical aberrations compared with lenses with spherical optics and improved night driving simulator performance. The designation was effective Feb. 27.
Chicago—The foldable version of the iris claw fixated myopic phakic IOL (Artiflex II/Veriflex, Ophtec/AMO) affords faster recovery of excellent uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) compared with the polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) model (Artisan/Verisyse, Ophtec, AMO), but otherwise has the same favorable efficacy and safety profile associated with its widely used predecessor, according to results of a prospective, intrapatient comparison study reported by Jose L. Guell, MD, PhD, at the subspecialty day meeting sponsored by the International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Lisbon, Portugal—Accurate adjustment of the new Light Adjustable Intraocular Lens (LAL) (Calhoun Vision) after implantation is possible using new digital light delivery systems and may eliminate the need for explantation of the IOL because of incorrect lens power after cataract surgery, reported Nick Mamalis, MD, at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.