Accommodating Intraocular Lenses
Accommodating lenses are another alternative for implantation during refractive lens exchange. Currently, only 1 accommodating IOL and a similar accommodating toric IOL are FDA approved, although others are being investigated. Development is also currently under way for dual-optic IOLs and deformable IOLs. Additional investigational IOLs are discussed in Chapter 9.
Although the accommodating lens was designed to improve distance, intermediate, and near acuity through movement of its hinged haptics during the accommodative process, studies have found limited IOL movement and limited improvement in near acuity for most patients targeted for best distance acuity. Thus, many surgeons are utilizing a “mini-monovision” strategy when implanting the accommodating IOL, leaving the nondominant eye targeted for slight myopia (–0.50 to –0.75 D).
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Excerpted from BCSC 2020-2021 series: Section 13 - Refractive Surgery. For more information and to purchase the entire series, please visit https://www.aao.org/bcsc.