Approximately 24.5 million in America have cataracts, a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Cataract surgery remains the most effective way to help restore vision for those with cataracts.
So this month we finally were able to get our hands on the new Global Strategic Business Report on Intraocular Lenses and as per the usual, there’s some really fantastic information in there for our customers to look at.
To view/order a copy of the study, be sure to click on this link.
As most of you know well by now, Intraocular Lenses dominate the market these days largely due to their safety, efficacy and affordability. They’re covered by most to all private and government insurance plans both here in the United States and abroad as well. This report summarizes global market activity in our industry and the good news for both our customers and us is that the forecast for the future is pointing towards strong growth.
Some of the study’s highlights include:
- How next-generation presbyopia-correcting multifocal and accommodative lenses are capturing sizeable shares of the market
- Many of the significant innovations in IOLs to help enhance visual outcomes, including monofocal lenses, spheric accommodative IOLs and hard, non-foldable and the ever-evolving flexible acrylic materials.
- The continuing effects of the economic downturn and tightening pressure on health care budgets on the ophthalmology market
- The effects of the European debt crisis on investments and cataract procedures
- The key factors behind the increased sales of IOL’s in the US
- The rapid emergence of the Asia-Pacific IOL market
- Summaries of all the major market players in the IOL markets both domestically and abroad.
- Historic reviews for each market and forecast and estimate data from 2010 through to 2018
- The impacts of aging populations on industry growth
In addition, the report profiles over 36 of our industry’s most prominent companies, including several niche players like Alcon, Inc, Bausch & Lomb and Abbott Medical Optics. In addition to providing overall global market data, the report also segments their findings into separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the rest of the world.
Whenever you have cataract surgery, you receive an intraocular lens implant during the operation. There are a wide range of intraocular lenses, some of them simple and others that are sophisticated. Some compensate for cataracts while others eliminate astigmatisms entirely. Generally speaking, if your goal is to be less dependent on eyeglasses after an operation, the more you’ll have to consider when selecting a lens.
In our last post, we discussed the three main types of intraocular lenses that are out there on the market place. Today, we’re going to expand upon that and talk about some of the strengths and weaknesses of each – but more specifically – what you can expect from each lens after your procedure.
Let’s jump right in.
Basic Monofocal Implants
The most basic form of intraocular lens is the Monofocal implant – a fixed lens that’s designed to deliver improved vision at one distance. The potential drawback after surgery is that there’s a strong likelihood you will have to wear glasses, even if you didn’t before. In fact, over 90% of patients who’ve received these implants have had to wear glasses. On the other hand, not only are these sorts of lenses covered by almost all vision insurance packages, but there’s almost no period of adjustment required, meaning that you’ll have corrected vision almost instantly.
Astigmatism Correcting Implants
Astigmatism is a common condition that deteriorates a person’s vision. In most cases, the distortion comes from an irregularly shaped lens. While this issue doesn’t always require corrective lenses, many people do elect to have surgery – especially if the astigmatism is severe enough or if they’ve developed a cataract.
As such, Toric Lenses are usually the preferred method for correcting these issues. The Toric Lenses refocus the eye by correcting preexisting astigmatisms by using technology that has been used in contact lenses. In many cases, Toric Lenses can correct astigmatism entirely. Their success rates are also higher than other lenses, with well over 90% of patients reporting a ‘very significant improvement’ in their vision post-surgery.
Now as strong as they are, there are a few drawbacks and risks. For one, there still is the possibility that you’ll have to wear glasses in one form or another – but compared to others, it still is your best bet if you’re looking to ditch your glasses entirely. There aren’t many problems associated per say, but there is a slight chance that your lens can rotate out of place and will have to be nudged back into place by your surgeon. Granted, the possibility of this is less than 1 in 100, but like any invasive procedure, the risk does exist.
Multifocal Lens Implants
If you know what bifocals are, then consider these types of lenses to be the implant version of those. When they’re manufactured, they’re designed with very fine rings that divide the lens into multiple focus points so you can see well from a variety of distances. The great part about Multifocal Lens Implants is that they’re passive implants – meaning that you don’t have to expend muscular activity in order to see at different distances. From the moment you leave the operating room, you’ll have the ability to see both far and near.
While that’s all well and good, there is a compromise. There is a period of adjustment that goes on when you’re adjusting to the lenses. There’s a greater chance of having difficulty with halos and rings around lights and there are some issues with glare. While these issues are relatively few and far between, the risks do exist and are real. Over time however, these disturbances can be overcome and they become so used to them they don’t notice them.
Here at EyeKon, we manufacture a wide variety of intraocular lenses. Today, we’re going to discuss the three main types of intraocular lenses available on the marketplace and what their specific uses are. Because these implants are placed near the position of the removed natural lens, vision is restored and peripheral vision, depth perception and image sizes are not effected. Even better for the patient – there is little to no maintenance or handling that needs to be done.
Here are the main types of intraocular lenses most commonly used after cataract surgery:
Monofocal lenses – Monofocal lenses are easily the most common implant on the market today. Their function is to help you see better at one distance only – whether that be at a distance, close by or immediate and far. In some cases, separate monofocal lenses can be used in combination to solve various vision issues – for example – using one in an eye with distance issues while using another in the other eye for an entirely different function. In most cases, however – patients use them to treat one particular issue in one eye.
Toric Lenses – Are lenses that have different optical power and focal length in two orientations. One of the lens surfaces is shaped like a cap from a torus while the other one is usually spherical. Because of their shape, they create different refractive/focusing powers on both vertical and horizontal orientations. However, due to their particular orientation, it’s vital that they be fitted correctly – more so than other types of lenses. Primarily they are used as a more ideal solution for patients with moderate to high astigmatism.
Multifocal/presbyopia correcting lens – While the previous two types of lenses corrected for one component of vision – these lenses correct a person’s vision for both distance AND near-sightedness. Think of them as implanted bifocals. The difference here – is that instead of looking north and south into your lenses to see at different distances, that you can see at all distances at all times. Over time, your brain trains your eyes to automatically select the focus that’s appropriate for the task at hand.
To learn more about Intraocular Lenses or to see how some of the latest products intraocular lens manufacturers have developed can help you, give EyeKon Medical a call today at 727-793-0170
Hydrophilic & Hydrophobic Intraocular lenses are still the most reliable.
Most people past the age of 50 are likely to hear ‘you have cataracts’ at some point or another. As nerve racking as that might sound, most cataract surgery can fully restore vision that’s been lost as a result of said cataracts and in some special situations – can even reduce your dependence on glasses.