Eye News Volume I Issue 19
These IOLs provide an alternative to LASIK for the correction of refractive errors. In some severe cases these IOLs can be used in conjunction with LASIK. (This concept is known as bioptics.)
Staar Surgical has been developing their Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) for several years.
In August, 2000, Dr. James Lewis and three other US surgeons travelled to the Centro de Microcirugia Ocular y Laser in Santo Domingo for special training with this implant. Under the direction of Juan Batlle, MD, Dr. Lewis became one of a handful of surgeons certified in the use of the Implantable Contact Lens.
“LASIK changes the shape of the cornea. The ICL can correct patients we can’t help with laser surgery”, Lewis claims. “It is possible that the ICL might be a better choice for some of the patients we now treat with LASIK.”
Under the direction of the Internationally respected refractive surgeon, Juan Battle, MD, Dr. Lewis performed four ICL procedures in August, 2000. All patients were extremely nearsighted and could not benefit from LASIK. The power of the ICL used in one surgery shown at the right was minus 19.5 diopters. Standard intraocular lenses powers range from plus 6 to plus 32 diopters!
“As ICL technology improves we may find that it encroaches on the higher refractive errors we now treat with LASIK”, Lewis continues. “Once the FDA approves this technology an even greater segment of the population will benefit from refractive surgery.”
Ciba Vision recently obtained exclusive marketing rights for Medennium’s Phakic Refractive Lens (PRL), a competitor of Staar. The founder of Medennium, George Rozakis, MD, of Cleveland, Ohio, is the driving force behind the PRL.
Almost twenty years ago Dr. Lewis and Dr. Rozakis were Ophthalmology residents together at the Duke University Eye Center in Durham, North Carolina. They have collaborated on a number of projects during the last two decades.
“George has always been a visionary. This was true in the early 1980’s and it is true today. I think his PRL has major implications for refractive surgery”, Lewis commented.
Several other companies throughout Europe are working on similar technologies.
The LASIK surgeon of tomorrow may have several additional tools at his or her disposal for the correction of refractive errors.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Lewis has performed numerous laser eye surgery procedures that have helped his LASIK and Epi-LASIK Philadelphia patients achieve clear vision. In addition, he is one of the most experienced Philadelphia and Bucks County Visian ICLs specialists. Dr. Lewis uses these sophisticated lens implants to eliminate or reduce his patients’ dependence on glasses.