Corneal inlays provide short-sighted people with an effective way of improving their vision, it has been claimed.
In research presented at the Scientific Programme of a Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Middle East-Africa Council of Ophthalmology, experts claimed that inlays can accurately change the eye"s depth of focus.
A study led by Dr Daniel Durrie, a clinical investigator for AcuFocus, analysed clinical trial results for 153 patients implanted with either a five or ten-micron-thick AcuFocus lens over three years.
In each group, there were improvements in near vision, on average 20/25 in the ten micron group and 20/20 in the five micron group.
"Results for AcuFocus have remained stable for three years of follow up, and we"ve seen dramatic improvements in corneal inlays in the past seven years of clinical study," Dr Durrie stated.
Meanwhile, according to a recent study led 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.
by Martin Burns