AMO unveils new silicone Tecnis IOL

September 9, 2006

Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) announced the launch of the Tecnis CL intraocular lens (IOL) at the XXIV congress of the ESCRS.

Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) announced the launch of the Tecnis CL intraocular lens (IOL) at the XXIV congress of the ESCRS.

The new lens features blue modified C PMMA haptics for improved visibility and easier implantation, frosted OptiEdge design for reduced edge glare and reduced posterior capsule opacification and highly biocompatible silicone. The Tecnis CL can be implanted using the UNFOLDER Silver Series Implantation Systems and the Silver Advanced Cartridge through a 2.8 mm incision.

The new lens acts as a permanent replacement to the Z9000 and Z9001 Tecnis silicone IOL models.

In August of this year, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extended New Technology Intraocular Lens (NTIOL) status to the lens. Tecnis and Tecnis CL are the only FDA approved IOLs that are indicated for reducing spherical equivalent, improving visual function and improving night driving performance.

The Tecnis CL is now available in Europe and AMO intends to start shipping the lens to the US, Canada and Asia Pacific within the next month and to Japan by mid-2007.

Ophthalmology Times Europe reporting from the XXIV Congress of the ESCRS, London, 9-13 September, 2006.