Press Release: US Patent for Precizon Presbyopic IOL


OPHTEC's Precizon Presbyopic IOL with Continuous Transitional Focus (CTF) optic now patented in the USA

Groningen, The Netherlands (February 11, 2019) – OPHTEC BV, a pioneer in intraocular lenses (IOLs), was granted a patent by the USA patent office for its Continuous Transitional Focus (CTF) optical design of the new aspheric presbyopia-correcting IOL. This new generation of multifocal IOLs for the treatment of cataracts, called Precizon Presbyopic, allows patients to experience a more “natural vision” at all distances after surgery.

Bringing new innovative products to the ophthalmic market is part of OPHTEC’s DNA. We are proud to offer a groundbreaking option for patients and surgeons who are looking for alternatives to regular multifocal IOLs”, said Tiago Guerreiro, Global Marketing Director at OPHTEC bv.

Precizon Presbyopic enables most patients to perform their daily activities without having to use glasses¹. Furthermore the lens is designed to be pupil independent and to allow patients to enjoy a better vision at different distances.

Precizon Presbyopic, with the CTF patented technology, has European CE Mark approval and is commercially available across Europe, including The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Germany and the UK.
South Korea and South Africa also have access to Precizon Presbyopic lenses. The new IOL is not available in the USA.

About Cataracts
A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, causing vision loss. A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. If left untreated, the clouding can eventually lead to legal blindness or even total blindness. Most cataracts are related to ageing, but cataracts can also be present at birth or develop later in life caused by physical injury or trauma.  The lens lies behind the iris and the pupil. In a normal eye, light passes through the transparent lens. The lens is made of mostly water and protein. As we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract. Over time, the cataract may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.

About presbyopia
Presbyopia is caused by a hardening of the lens of your eye, which occurs with ageing. As your lens becomes less flexible, it can no longer change shape to focus on close-up images, making it difficult to see at intermediate and near distances (30cm – 100 cm). Most people begin to notice the effects of presbyopia sometime after age 40 and start using reading glasses and computer glasses. Whether you will need glasses after surgery depends on the type of artificial lens that is implanted.

OPHTEC was founded in 1983 by ophthalmologist prof. Jan Worst (1925 - 2015) and his wife Mrs Anneke Worst-van Dam. His inventions such as the Artisan lens have changed ophthalmology forever and today it is the company’s Vision to design, produce and market clinically innovative ophthalmic products for patients and doctors, with a focus on perfection.

For more information please contact Tiago Guerreiro, Global Marketing Director at OPHTEC
+31 (0)6 51748765

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