Dr Andrew Apel, Ophthalmologist, has recently visited Niseko to present a lecture on “Cataract and Refractive Surgery…A Converging Art.”
The lifestyle impacts of cataracts and the benefit of cataract surgery is well understood. The development of modern cataract surgery has resulted in highly predictable visual outcomes, expanding the corrective scope of the procedure beyond simple cataracts to refractive ametropia and presbyopia.
In the last century, milestones in surgical technique have resulted in a safe and minimally invasive procedure for patients. Simultaneous innovations have occurred in ocular biometry and IOL calculations allowing for highly repeatable ocular measurements and more accurate IOL selection.
Intraocular lens manufacturers continue to improve on IOL designs with an ever-expanding scope of optical corrections in biocompatible and surgeon friendly materials. In particular, modern multi-focal IOL designs allow for unrivalled visual independence for presbyopic patients.