July 08, 2013
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Surgeon shares lessons from 20 years of phakic IOL experience

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CHENNAI, India — While most phakic IOLs have excellent visual outcomes in the near term, long-term results are the key to successful phakic IOL implantation, according to a surgeon here who shared his 20-year experience.

M. Alaa El-Danasoury, MD, shared lessons he has learned after 20 years of performing phakic IOL implantations in a presentation at the Indian Intraocular Implant and Refractive Surgery meeting.

El-Danasoury said that while all phakic IOLs are excellent at achieving predictable myopic correction, having a toric option is still necessary in more than 50% of patients.

He also noted that a large optical zone is important for providing quality of vision. Another necessary requirement of quality phakic IOLs is stability.

“A moving object in the anterior chamber is not welcome,” El-Danasoury said.

Lenses should be biocompatible enough for the long term, while another key lesson he has learned is that the lenses should be easy to remove or replace.

Disclosure: El-Danasoury is a consultant for STAAR Surgical.