Restoring accommodation

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Ophthalmology is perhaps two steps closer to a possible clinical application of lens refilling with silicon gel for restoring ocular accommodation thanks to a refined procedure developed by Dr Okihiro Nishi, MD of the Nishi Eye Hospital, Japan.

Ophthalmology is perhaps two steps closer to a possible clinical application of lens refilling with silicon gel for restoring ocular accommodation thanks to a refined procedure developed by Dr Okihiro Nishi, MD of the Nishi Eye Hospital, Japan.

“Refilling the lens capsule while preserving capsular integrity offers the potential to restore ocular accommodation,” he told a large audience at the Ridley Medal Lecture.

In his recent work he and his team had solved two of the most persistent problems currently impeding progress in the lens refilling technique, namely leakage of the silicon gel and capsular opacification. “It is really amazing; the accommodative IOL seals such a large CCC opening and prevents leakage,” he said.

“The procedure may be an alternative to the multifocal and accommodating IOLs for treating presbyopia,” he added.

 

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