Current Intraocular Lens Options
Modern intraocular lenses not only offer a replacement for a cataractous lens, they can also correct vision and treat astigmatism. There are three ways of correcting vision with an intraocular lens(s):
- • Standard, Monofocal Lenses - These restore distance vision but the patient will still need glasses for reading and possibly to correct astigmatism
- • Premium Lenses - Offer benefits including astigmatism correction and multifocality (freedom from reading glasses)
- • Combining a standard lens to treat the cataract, with a “premium” supplementary lens to provide multifocality and astigmatism correction
The IVO Difference
Although currently-available intraocular lenses offer significant benefits in the treatment of cataracts and vision correction, cataract patients may experience refractive and medical changes throughout their life that cannot be predicted at the time of the initial cataract procedure.
IVO’s intraocular lens concept solves a significant issue in the field of cataract surgery. This is because, unlike currently-available intraocular lenses, IVO’s lens system offers a life-long solution to vision correction made possible by IVO’s proprietary technology.
IVO’s intraocular lens system comprises two components - a base lens that serves as a docking station, and an exchangeable front lens located outside of the capsular bag. This system allows the front lens to be adjusted throughout the patient’s life, according to his or her needs.
In the primary cataract procedure the IVO lens system allows the surgeon to implant a precise individualized vision correcting lens that can address all degrees of near sightedness, far sightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia (need for bifocals or reading glasses).
In addition crucially, IVO’s docking lens system negates the need for a full lens explantation, a procedure sometimes necessary to rectify post-surgical refractive focusing complications, inadequate refractive power or dissatisfaction with the refractive result. Not only does full lens explantation carry a risk of capsular bag damage, it is also associated with additional costs and may even compromise the reputation of the surgeon.
By allowing precise, individualized prescriptions and substantially reducing the risk associated with full lens explantation, the IVO docking lens system enables surgeons to achieve the best possible refractive outcomes for their patient. Although other strategies may be employed to avoid full lens explantation, such as post-operative adjustment by UV-light on special silicone lenses or the use of two independent lenses, none of the current systems combines the perfect optical alignment and reversibility associated with IVO’s docking lens system.
The procedure used to implant IVO’s docking lens system is equivalent to standard procedures, thus surgeons require only minimal additional training.