Lens implant surgery for cataract sufferers with irregular-shaped corneas
A new alternative
Traditional cataract surgery and laser-supported cataract surgery are simple procedures that help restore quality of vision to thousands of patients every year. But if you have irregularly shaped corneas, your surgeon may decide that these treatments using standard intraocular lenses are unlikely to be effective for you. Cataract sufferers not eligible for surgery have until very recently had no other viable treatment option to turn to.
All this is now changing, with an exciting and innovative new option now emerging for treating cataract patients with irregular corneas. In 2016 a new kind of lens implant surgery was pioneered by Allon Barsam in the very first operation of its kind in England. The small aperture IC-8™ intraocular lens offers patients the ability to see clearly across a range of distances, using state-of-the-art ophthalmic technology from AcuFocus.
In this groundbreaking operation, the new lens implants for cataracts result in perfect vision for his patient, who had previously suffered with a pre-existing eye condition and irregular corneas. This new form of lens implant surgery now finally offers an alternative for cataracts patients, to help them see clearly at last.
Revolutionary lens technology
This pioneering new lens implant surgery is a painless procedure that is very similar to regular cataract surgery. The difference lies in the revolutionary design of the intraocular lenses inserted.
The small, pinhole-sized aperture in the new IC-8™ lens allows only focused light rays to reach the retina, meaning that objects can be seen clearly and in focus at a range of distances. The small aperture technology is a new development in the field and for the first time provides an impressive quality of vision for cataract patients with irregular corneas.
As the first surgeon to insert lens implants for cataracts using this revolutionary IOL technology, Mr Barsam is one of the only specialists currently offering this safe and effective new treatment option to patients with cataracts. As a result of this pioneering work, Allon was featured in national press.
Inserting small aperture lens implants is a painless procedure carried out using local anaesthetic. Typically taking as little as 15 minutes to insert, lens implants for cataracts do not require an overnight stay, although you may need to have each eye treated separately in two different operations.
- After numbing the eye with anaesthetic eye drops, Mr Barsam makes an incision in the cornea.
- A hole is made in the capsule bag where the cataracts are, and these are broken up and removed.
- The new IC-8™ intraocular lens is inserted.
Following surgery you can go home the same day, and the eye should heal within a few days.
Read Margaret’s Story
Read more about how small aperture IC-8 lens implants have changed one patient’s life, in a case study of Mr Barsam’s first operation using the new lenses.
For more information on the IC-8™ lens click on the image to the right for a pdf leaflet offering an overview of the benefits and results.
If you would like to find out if IC-8™ lens implants for cataracts are a suitable option for you, contact us to book a consultation with Mr Barsam.