Future IOL Technologies

Published:December 25, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2020.12.025


      Over the last couple of years, cataract surgery – already an intervention of high efficiency and safety – has undergone further refinement, not least because of new IOL technologies that have entered the market. In this overview, innovative IOL designs will be presented, some of which are already in clinical use (though sometimes primarily at specialized centers) while others will be introduced shortly. Based on our own clinical experience and without any claims to completeness (there are many innovations currently under development of which we know little), we will focus on technologies like IOLs that can be adjusted postoperatively, on lenses that strive to treat presbyopia (the so-called final frontier in refractive surgery), on small-aperture and EDOF lenses. Some IOL innovations will have a positive impact way beyond cataract surgery like the lens/sensor that is going to benefit the not so small number of patients who suffer simultaneously from cataract and glaucoma.
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