Microincision IOLs go head-to-head

April 1, 2008

Nowadays, cataract surgery not only has a therapeutic purpose, which is to substitute an opaque lens with a transparent IOL, but it also has a refractive aim; to correct previous refractive defects in order to eliminate the use of spectacles. The need for a good postoperative visual acuity and a fast functional recovery has lead cataract surgery to become more and more micro-invasive in nature so that surgical trauma is reduced, a faster recovery and good, time-stable visual results are achieved.1 The achievement of this goal has been realized, thanks to the improvement of surgical techniques, in the form of microcoaxial phacoemulsification and bimanual microphacoemulsification,2 which now allow the almost complete reduction of surgically induced astigmatism.