Smart Lens Solution for Visual Impairments

Smart Lens Solution for Visual Impairments17.04.2019

Thanks to the advancing technology, visual impairments due to cataract disease can be successfully treated in recent years, and increase in patient satisfaction seen with increasing lens types.

As we age, the natural lens in our eyes first loses its flexibility and problems are experienced in close vision.  This is called presbyopia, that is, age-related near vision impairment. In addition to this condition at a later age, the natural lens loses its transparency and this time the eye becomes unable to see far. In medical terminology, this is called cataract. While these problems were previously treated separately, the treatment of all of these in eligible patients can now be performed with a single operation.

Cataract Incidence Age Has Decreased

Cataract causes the individual's eyesight to gradually disappear and the quality of life of the individual to decrease. The age of onset of cataracts has shifted to an even earlier age due to environmental conditions. Smart lenses can be applied to patients around the age of 50, who has farsightedness due to age, and shortsightedness due to cataracts, if they want to see far distances and short distances without glasses after the operation.. The "smart lenses" that have been often mentioned recently are actually multifocal intraocular lenses called trifocal with the medical name. These special intraocular lenses, called smart lenses, are used in eligible patients during cataract surgery.

3 different intraocular lens designs are used as for cataract patients. For these lenses, which are called monofocal (single focal), multifocal (multifocal) and trifocal (trifocal), which one will be appropriate for the patient is decided by the physician after the inspections performed during the examination. If the patient has a cataract and the patient wants to see both far and near without glasses after surgery, the "smart lens" application is preferred according to the suitability of the eye and the needs of the patient.

Smart Lenses Can Be Used For a Lifetime

Patients for whom monofocal lenses are used in surgery can usually see far distances without glasses, but they definitely have to use glasses to see close distances. While patients for whom trifocal lenses are used in surgery can easily continue their daily lives after surgery. They can now read books, use mobile phones and computers, and watch television without glasses. Smart lenses provide a satisfying vision at far, near and intermediate distances. These lenses can be used for a lifetime; they do not need to be replaced at a later age. The most important feature of these lenses is the clarity they provide in intermediate distance (computer screen distance, kitchen countertop reach).

The operation, which can be performed on both eyes and should be performed on different days, is completed in a short time such as 10 – 15 minutes under normal conditions. During the operation, without anesthetizing the patient, no injections are made into the eye, which is anesthetized only with a drop, and no suture is performed. Patients do not feel any pain during the operation performed with the FAKO method. The eye closed with a bandage after the operation remains closed with tape that night, and the bandage is opened under the supervision of a physician the next day. Patients continue to use their prescribed drops regularly for a certain period of time after surgery and to have them checked.

 Sinan Yakut, MD Surgeon / Ophthalmology
Çakmak Erdem Hospital