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.
The good news is that cataracts are fairly common, affecting over 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40. Modern cataract surgery is one of the safest and most reliable procedures performed in the US, especially if you’re healthy and don’t have an extensive history of eye-related issues.
While recovery time varies and ultimately depends on the patient, you can rest assured knowing that in the event that you need surgery, that the procedure is safe and recovery time is minimal – especially if the procedure is less invasive like it is with hydrophilic and hydrophobic intraocular lenses – which are the topic of today’s post.
What’s the history behind hydrophilic and hydrophobic intraocular lenses and why are we using them – today?
The early days of cataract surgery were tricky business for the patient. Because surgeons didn’t have the ability to replace a person’s natural lens, it often meant that they’d be saddled with having to wear exceptionally thick eyeglasses and/or special contact lenses if they ever wanted to see again.
Fast forward to the 1960’s and surgeons began to use what we call Intraocular Lenses – which are designed to address that very problem – replace the old, damaged natural lens with a new, artificial one. In spite of widespread practice, the procedure wasn’t fully endorsed by the FDA until 1981 – after which an explosion of technological advances in cataract surgery began to take place.
Out of that research came what we call “hydrophilic and hydrophobic intraocular lenses.” The physical characteristics of the lenses allowed for a minimal amount of invasiveness (a smaller incision for surgery) – allowing a rolled up version of the lens to be injected into through a 1.5mm-2.5 incision. Not only was the procedure more accurate, but it also meant that recovery time was significantly faster than previous iterations of the procedure. Still to this day, Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic lenses are considered at the forefront of cataract surgery.
What are hydrophilic and Hydrophobic intraocular lenses?
Hydrophilic and hydrophobic intraocular lenses are artificial and used to replace a patient’s natural lenses after cataract surgery. Made from unique, patented co-polymer monomers, they’re designed to not only reduce posterior capsular opacification, but also function as close to a natural, functioning lens than any other product on the market. The procedure for the lens is among the least invasive and safe medical procedures in the U.S. and results in faster recovery time and better results. Even better, Intraocular lens manufacturers are continuously coming up with new and improved versions of the lens – ranging from bifocals to accommodative – so as to meet a variety of patient needs.
Why hydrophilic and hydrophobic intraocular lenses?
Intraocular lenses are designed to replace the eye’s natural lens that’s removed during cataract surgery. Earlier versions of the lens did include some hiccups with infections and of course – adverse reactions from certain patients. However, over the years the technology has evolved considerably and is widely considered to be the most reliable procedure and product on the market.
Some of the reasons hydrophilic & Hydrophobic intraocular lenses are popular, include:
- More consistent results with regards to color perception and general vision
- Consistent record of success – as over 60 million people have implants worldwide
- Predictability, reliability and east of surgical implantation for doctors
- Better results with everyday activities like driving
- and less frustration and worry regarding vision problems.
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