Corneal lens implants "safe and effective"

Corneal lens implants "safe and effective"

Corneal lens implants to improve deteriorating vision have been described as "safe and effective" by experts in Greece.

According to Dr Ioannis G Pallikaris, from the University Hospital of Crete, a new type of micro-lens called the Flexivue, which was implanted in the corneas of 15 patients, displayed positive results.

The procedure sees a thin lens inserted into the cornea of the patient"s non-dominant eye through a tiny pocket made with a femtosecond laser.

On average, vision improved from 20/100 to 20/25 without glasses and distance vision decreased from 20/20 to 20/40.

Dr Pallikaris explained: "90 per cent of patients were satisfied with their vision, 69 per cent reported "excellent" and 30 per cent "good" near vision in our survey. 92 per cent said they no longer used glasses."

Recently, experts led by Dr Jonathon Ng at Curtin University and the Eye & Vision Epidemiology Research Group in Australia, noted that cataract surgery reduced the frequency of road crashes by 12.6 per cent after accounting for other factors. 

by Emily Tait

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