Clinical research of accommodating intraocular lens

The lens and ciliary muscle are connected by a 360-degree series of fibers (called ciliary zonules) that extend from the ciliary muscle to the thin lens capsule (or "bag") that encloses the lens.

The ciliary muscle, ciliary zonules and lens capsule keep the lens suspended in its proper position inside the eye for clear vision.

Crystalens and Trulign Toric are premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) that correct presbyopia as well as common refractive errors, enabling an expanded range of clear vision and a decreased need for eyeglasses after cataract surgery, compared with surgery performed with conventional monofocal IOLs.

Currently, Crystalens and Trulign Toric IOLs are the only FDA-approved presbyopia-correcting IOLs for cataract surgery that improve near vision by a focusing process called accommodation.

Patients were examined 7, 30, 90, and 180 days after surgery.

Postoperatively, both groups had excellent uncorrected distance acuity, best corrected distance acuity, and best corrected near acuity.

Novartis’ interest in this technology focuses in two areas: At the sixth annual Ophthalmology Innovation Summit @ AAO last year, Brian Otis, Ph D, project Co-Founder of Google[x], the unit now known as Google Life Sciences, explained that the smart contact lens meets all requirements of a Google[x] project.

Novartis, through its Alcon eye-care division, intends to start clinical trials of an accommodative Google “smart” contact lens in human eyes next year, Novartis Chief Executive Joe Jimenez told the Swiss French-language newspaper Le Temps last week.

“This project is progressing well,” Jimenez told Le Temps reporter Willy Boder.

When the ciliary muscle contracts, the lens thickens, becoming more curved for added magnification for clear near vision.

In a young eye, accommodation is essentially instantaneous and effortless.