109-year-old Chinese patient receives intraocular lenses

May 30, 2012
Ophthalmology Times Staff Reports

A 109-year-old Chinese patient with cataracts has received two IOLs in surgeries that are pending a Guinness World Records decision in the World’s Oldest Cataract Surgery Patient category.

Shanghai, China-A 109-year-old Chinese patient with cataracts has received two IOLs in surgeries that are pending a Guinness World Records decision in the World’s Oldest Cataract Surgery Patient category.

Before undergoing implantation of IOLs provided by Rayner Ltd., Madam Guo Liansheng struggled to detect even the vaguest light changes, according to the company. Afterward, she was able to look into her 8-month-old, great-great-granddaughter’s eyes for the first time.

The woman’s operations were performed at Shanghai New Vision Ophthalmic Hospital. The hospital covered all of her costs.

“It’s especially gratifying when you hear a story like this,” said Donald J. Munro, Rayner’s chief executive officer. “The technology is so advanced now, and the procedure so simple, that almost anyone can benefit from vastly improved eyesight. It’s also proof that age is no barrier to health aspirations.”

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