Adjusting to the Future
Leading lights in the field of cataract and refractive surgery consider the impact of adjustable technologies
Ruth Steer |
I think one of the biggest advantages with adjustable lens technologies would be improved surgeon confidence. Right now, potential problems down the road may limit the surgeon’s willingness to recommend what they ultimately think will give their patient the best chance of a full range of vision. Indeed, surgeons can be very cautious about which patients they recommend a multifocal lens to – and for good reason: surgeons don’t want unhappy patients. Nor do they want to perform IOL exchanges because of the high chance of complications. But with an exchangeable or adjustable platform, the risk is lowered and the conversation with the patient can be very upfront. Being able to provide the patient with a recommendation, and reassurance that, if they are unhappy with their lens, it can be exchanged or adjusted will make the dynamics of the surgeon-patient conversation easier – and improve surgeon confidence in trying to provide the best vision for patients.”
Gary Wortz, Ophthalmic Surgeon at Commonwealth Eye Surgery, and Chief Medical Officer, Omega Ophthalmics, Lexington, KY, USA.
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