Benefits and New Features of a Modern International Internet Database “IOLCon” for Updated and Optimized IOL Constants and IOL Specifications

Scholtz, Sibylle Katharina; Schwemm, Michael; Eppig, Timo; Cayless, Alan and Langenbucher, Achim (2021). Benefits and New Features of a Modern International Internet Database “IOLCon” for Updated and Optimized IOL Constants and IOL Specifications. Klinische Monatsblätter für Augenheilkunde (Early access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1055/a-1493-5614

Abstract

Cataract surgery has a history of about 2800 years. Harold Ridleyʼs invention of the intraocular lens in 1949 set a milestone in cataract surgery, supplying patients with a more or less satisfactory refractive implant for the first time. In the following 70 years, cataract surgery, IOL technology, and biometry have developed enormously. The invention of optical biometry in 1999 has again fundamentally changed cataract surgery. The introduction of the first optical biometer, the Zeiss IOLMaster, and Prof. Wolfgang Haigisʼ (University Würzburg, Germany) ULIB database of formula constants (http://ocusoft.de/ulib/) paved the way for this most successful new technology. In parallel, the number of IOL manufacturers, as well as IOL models and their technical capabilities (e.g., aspheric, multifocal, EDOF, and toric IOLs) have multiplied, making it more difficult for ophthalmic surgeons to maintain a clear overview of all the available options.

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