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Taiwan J Ophthalmol. 2019 Jan-Mar;9(1):4-17. doi: 10.4103/tjo.tjo_136_18.

Intraocular lens correction of presbyopia.

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Department of Ophthalmology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA.
Clinical Professor, John A Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Hawaii, USA.


The continued development of intraocular lens (IOL) technology has led to a dramatic improvement in refractive outcomes. New and innovative ways of achieving the desired postoperative refractive goals continue to be developed. This article aims to review the currently available IOL modalities for correction of presbyopia at the time of cataract surgery, including reference to high-quality comparative studies, where available, and discussion of strengths as well as limitations of the currently available IOL technologies. It has been shown that multifocal compared to monofocal IOL was associated with higher rates of spectacle independence, but higher rates and severity of symptomatic glare as well as reduced contrast sensitivity. Within multifocal IOLs, diffractive compared to refractive IOLs tended to have better near vision and a lower rate of symptomatic glare. Extended depth-of-focus IOLs compared to diffractive multifocal IOL demonstrated equal or superior intermediate visual acuity, with less than or equal rates of glare. Accommodative IOLs represent a broad range of technologies that continue to develop, and new technologies offering opportunities for postoperative adjustment of refractive outcome are emerging.


Accommodative intraocular lens; cataract surgery; extended depth-of-focus intraocular lens; intraocular lens; intraocular lens technology; lens; multifocal intraocular lens; premium cataract surgery; presbyopia correction; refractive cataract surgery

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The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interests of this paper.

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