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    Novel accommodating IOL achieves unique level of accommodative change

    By Cheryl Guttman Krader, Reviewed by Paul M. Beer, MD.

    A prototype of a novel dual-mode, accommodating-disaccommodating intraocular lens (AD-IOL) with zonular capture haptics has been fabricated successfully and the lens has shown in bench studies to exhibit axial shift and shape change that results in up to about 26 D of accommodative change, reported Paul M. Beer, MD.

    Dr. Beer invented the technology and is founder and CEO of Z Lens LLC, St. Petersburg, FL, the company developing the AD-IOL for commercialization. The AD-IOL is intended for in-the-bag implantation and features a flexible, fluid-filled optic driven by four haptics that are captured by the zonules.

    The haptics attach to the anterior portion of the optic–which is the deforming accommodative component­­–while the posterior portion of the optic, which contains the aphakic prescription, maintains a fixed shape.

    “Movement of the crystalline lens is essential for accommodative function,” Dr. Beer explained. “My goal for developing a presbyopia-correcting IOL has been to replicate that movement. Our AD-IOL technology is the only accommodating IOL platform that has been proven to capture the movement.”

     

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