OCT 05, 2012
Since a 2003 survey on practice styles and preferences of American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) members found that hydrophobic acrylic had been the preferred optic material since 1998,1 the U.S. market has seen increased variability in the materials used to manufacture foldable intraocular lenses (IOLs). The foldable IOLs available in the U.S. are manufactured from hydrophobic acrylic, silicone and hydrophilic acrylic materials, with an increasing number of hydrophilic acrylic designs now available. These include Centerflex (Rayner), Softec HD (Lenstec) and Akreos (Bausch & Lomb). This article discusses the pros and cons to consider when selecting or recommending an IOL.