Cataract Surgery

Approval of a new class of implants tops cataract surgery newsCataract surgeons in the United States have long been envious of the IOL options available to their international colleagues. Finally, in 2016, American ophthalmologists gained access to some novel IOLs such as the Tecnis Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL and the Tecnis Symfony Toric IOL (Abbott) that were approved by the FDA. According to leading cataract surgeons who spoke to Ophthalmology Times, these simultaneous approvals rank as the biggest cataract surgery news story of the year.
Cataract surgery 2016: News from the pharmaceutical frontA review of some of the most significant advances in medications for cataract surgery during the past year revealed a mix of the expected with a few surprises.
Capsulotomy creation: Benefits with low risksFindings from an updated analysis of outcomes at a single center reaffirm the safety of femtosecond laser capsulotomy by showing it is associated with a low rate of anterior capsule tears.
Complicated case underscores need for care, preparationA case of cataract surgery with planned presbyopia-correcting IOL implantation– complicated by posterior capsule rupture and a postoperative refractive surprise– reinforced important lessons and provided a new revelation to one experienced surgeon.
Extended depth-of-focus IOLs may provide improved visual performanceAs your patients celebrate another birthday milestone, they are again back in your chair wondering why their reading glasses mysteriously disappear when they are out exploring life or why their arms are not as long as they used to be.
Small pupils: Maneuvers, medications, mechanical devicesThomas A. Oetting, MD, MS, shared five pearls for operating in eyes with small pupils. In the follow-up discussion, panel members commented on their experiences with newer options for small pupil management.
AD-IOLs mimic movement of natural lens
AD-IOLs mimic movement of natural lensAccommodating-disaccommodating IOLs are being developed that mimic the movement of the young crystalline lens through the use of “Zonular Capture Haptics” technology.
NASEM declares eye health a public health imperativeIn order to avoid a public health crisis and keep up with increasing vision loss among the aging baby-boomer generation, correctable vision impairments must be eliminated by 2030, according to a report issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).
Why surgeons should not undersell their femtosecond laserWhen it comes to their eyes, patients want the safest treatments, and they know the best technology available is a laser. The cataract patient demographic is changing, and patients today have active lifestyles that demand functional vision.
Unique approach to managing a posteriorly dislocated IOLWhen a three-piece IOL intended for sulcus placement dislocates posteriorly during an IOL exchange procedure, cataract surgeons can consider several possible strategies.