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J Cataract Refract Surg. 2013 Apr;39(4):548-55. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2012.10.047. Epub 2013 Feb 8.

Additional multifocal sulcus-based intraocular lens: alternative to multifocal intraocular lens in the capsular bag.

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Rudolf-Virchow-Klinikum Glauchau, Glauchau, Germany.



To compare the visual outcomes of additional multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) for sulcus fixation with those of standard multifocal IOLs in the capsular bag.


Department of Ophthalmology, Rudolf-Virchow-Klinikum Glauchau, Glauchau, Germany.


Prospective controlled clinical trial.


Eyes had phacoemulsification and implantation of a monofocal IOL in the capsular bag and an additional aberration-free diffractive IOL in the ciliary sulcus (multifocal add-on IOL group). Measurements of uncorrected and distance-corrected distance, intermediate, and near visual acuities; contrast sensitivity; and defocus curve were performed 3 months postoperatively. Results were compared with those in eyes with an aberration-correcting diffractive posterior chamber IOL (multifocal PC IOL group).


The multifocal add-on IOL group comprised 34 eyes of 20 patients and the multifocal PC IOL group, 31 eyes of 17 patients. Cataract surgery, IOL implantation, and the postoperative course were uneventful in all cases. There were no statistically significant differences in uncorrected and distance-corrected distance, intermediate, or near visual acuities between the 2 groups. The median uncorrected distance visual acuity was 0.00 logMAR in both groups, and the median uncorrected near visual acuity was 0.10 logMAR in both groups. Contrast sensitivity testing yielded significantly better results in the multifocal add-on IOL group, especially at spatial frequencies over 1.5 cycles per degree. Defocus curves were similar in the 2 groups.


Visual performance with a multifocal diffractive add-on IOL was equivalent to that achieved with a commonly used multifocal diffractive PC IOL.

Copyright © 2013 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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