Friday, July 17, 2009

Putting the lens in the eye

Following a WebMD story, HealthDay (7/16, Preidt) reported that people with myopia "who can't have laser-assisted eye surgery may benefit from implantable lenses made of a" collagen copolymer, according to a study published in the July issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology. For the study, researchers at Japan's University of Kitasato School of Medicine "evaluated 56 eyes of 34 patients with the implantable lenses," assessing patients "at regular intervals for four years after implantation." They found that "after four years, 44 of the eyes (79 percent) were within 0.5 diopter...of the targeted correction, and 52 eyes (93 percent) were within one diopter." In addition, the investigators observed "no vision-threatening complications during the follow-up period." The authors concluded that "these lens implants 'may be a good alternative for the treatment of moderate to high myopia.'"

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