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Benefits of Monofocal Aspheric Intraocular Lenses


Seth Pantanelli, MD discusses the differences between traditional monofocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) and aspheric options.


Seth Pantanelli, MD, a professor of ophthalmology at Penn State University, discusses monofocal aspheric intraocular lenses (IOLs), highlighting their advancements and differences in function compared to traditional monofocal IOLs. He delves into the significance of spherical aberration in optical systems before the advent of aspheric IOLs, emphasizing the potential issues arising from positive aberration in both corneas and spherical lenses.

Pantanelli discusses the potential benefits of using monofocal aspheric IOLs, emphasizing their goal of delivering high-quality vision. Patients can expect excellent distance vision without glasses but may still require them for tasks like reading or computer use. Pantanelli notes that patient satisfaction is high across these options, and the choice often depends on how frequently patients are willing to use glasses for specific tasks. He identifies specific patient groups well-suited for monofocal aspheric IOLs, including those desiring high-quality vision at a single distance, individuals with conditions predisposing them to contrast problems, post-LASIK or post-RK patients, and those with irregular astigmatism.

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