Refractive surgeon Dean Corbett of Auckland, New Zeeland has been using a new type of lenses typically used in latest cameras to restore sight to its patients.
“The results are more predictable and can generate a very similar outcome to what laser surgery can for younger patients.”
The intraocular lens, produced by TECNIS Symfony, is the first of its kind to be tried in southern hemisphere, and its successful clinical trial will result in its release throughout the country by mid-March.
The lens uses a new technology developed by Abbott, a global healthcare company. When available to the public it will help more than 30,000 people in New Zealand that suffer from cataract surgery each year.
Alan McInnes, a cataract patient and antique restorer, was involved in the trial and said the surgery was “life changing.” He added that for years he had been frustrated with having to wear glasses. Mr McInnes says having the procedure performed to insert the lens it’s the best thing he’s ever done.
“You keep buying pairs and then the prescription changes and I must have been through seven pairs of them at $1000 each.”
A cataract, also known as a cloudy lens behind the eye, appears when vision fails to a point that glasses can’t help. Previous surgeries have had mixed results, with lenses used still requiring patients to wear glasses for close up vision post-surgery.
Dr. Corbett started the procedure 15 years and says it has changed a lot since then, but Symfony lens has been “ground-breaking”.
In a straightforward process, the 2.2 millimetre incision is performed in the eye to insert the lens. The entire surgical process takes a little over five minutes.