Favorable outcomes have been achieved after the first clinical use of IOL technology that is designed to maintain an open capsule long-term after cataract surgery and enable refractive fine-tuning postoperatively.
The system, which is being developed by Omega Ophthalmics, combines an IOL with an integral device that maintains space within the capsular bag and is able to accept a piggyback IOL.
The data were presented by Gabriel Quesada, MD, at the 2018 ASCRS Symposium. The initial study included eight eyes of patients undergoing uncomplicated cataract surgery. Six months after the primary procedure, four patients elected to receive a piggyback IOL to improve unaided visual acuity that was related to residual refractive error.
Patients returned for follow-up at 1, 3, and 6 months after cataract surgery for full ophthalmic examination and visual acuity testing. Patients who received a piggyback IOL were examined at 1 and 3 months after the secondary procedure.
Dr. Quesada is a consultant to Omega Ophthalmics.